Based on Stieg Larsson’s bestselling novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo centers around two characters: Lisbeth Salander(played by Noomi Rapace), a professional hacker, and Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), a journalist. Together, they work to find a woman who has been missing for over forty years. Along the way, they uncover dark and shocking secrets.
The acting is superb. Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist are perfect in their roles, and both characters are likable and relatable. You can practically feel the self-loathing and loneliness emanating off of Lisbeth, and you can see the stress this case takes on Mikael.
This is a gorgeously shot film, with beautiful scenery. I frequently ogled the artistry of the frames. I gasped at gruesome details, and appreciated every bleak moment.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo does have some extremely brutal moments, and features graphic rape and torture scenes. The film doesn’t shy away from showing dirty, grotesque imagery, and isn’t recommended for anyone who is faint of heart.
The story is phenomenal and kept me guessing all the way to the end. This is mystery at its finest. Gripping, shocking, and dark, this is unlike any other thriller I’ve seen.
If you can handle it, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an essential film to watch for any movie buff. Amazing performances, stunning cinematography, and a perfectly plotted story make this a masterpiece of cinema. This is way better than the US remake, and that’s saying something.