Original Title: Man som hatar kvinnor
English Title: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Language: Swedish, English
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Writers: Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg, Stieg Larsson
The film has gained its popularity since its domestic run in Sweden, adapted from the first book of Millennium Trilogy (the rest two, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest were all released in 2009).
As a crime thriller, the film’s global success lies in its well-arranged hackling of all the clues and releases them slickly (a little bit predictable as well), however the main attribution is to introduce a new star Noomi Rapace into Hollywood, her appearance and performance are so coherent with the character, which I can hardly sense she is acting. Millennium Trilogy is Noomi’s stepping stone to success, next year we will see her in the new Sherlock Homes film along with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
As a punk-look hacker, our heroin shows sheer feminism, the highlight arrives when she is inserting a dildo into the pervert’s anus and tattoos him later. Actually the revenge is not men-offending, on the contrary, it gives me a lot of satisfaction to see the callous vengeance finally fulfilled.
I am very much stroke by the murder cases here (especially a frigid location of Sweden), it seems that the cruelness and coldness of the nature surrounding is overspreading inside people as well, as for me, posing the excuse of the brutal crimes on the flimsy religious and sexual grounds is too unrealistic.
The cinematography is another merit, at times I saw the snow scene against a mesmerizing sea-blue sky set off by the haunting score. I hear rumor says that the second and third feature is not as good as this one, I find it is a perfect ending I just stop here and wait for David Fincher’s remake coming out next year, which certainly I am more interested.