24 July 2010

Murder she Tattooed

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Niels Arden Oplev

To begin this review, I’ll talk about my recent urge to start reading again. I’ve been a book man myself before in the past, I’ve read quite a few books, maybe not the ones where people are meant to read like Ulysses, The Great Gatsby or To Kill A Mocking Bird or even Charles Dickens work, but i like graphic novels, funny novels and stuff by people who i like, for instance, I’ve read all of Kevin Smith’s books, plus Russell Brand’s biography. I like to be entertained in a different kind of way with a book. And I’ve also read (and who hasn’t) the Dan Brown books, plus all of the Harry Potter series, so as you can tell, I’ve just read Children’s book or teenage books, not great adult novels that challenge you. Now at the moment, a few books will come to mind that are bestsellers or are the books that will probably mark this decade as cultural phenomenon, especially the Twilight saga and Harry Potter. But another group of books that have hit the market with a large European following is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo written by the late Stieg Larsson, the Millennium trilogy as they have been named which recently have been made into a film of the same name, and here is the review for that film. I have not read the books or know anything about them, just that they have been getting praise for a lot of factors.

The film follows the story of Mikael Blomkvist an investigative journalist who after being found guilty of false information about a company, is sentenced to three months in prison. But before he begins his time, he is offered by Henrik Vanger to investigate a murder that happened many years ago, one of his brother’s daughters who went missing, and he wants to find out why and if the missing case is really a murder. Mikael tracks all the family members’ history and begins to find out more about the family. Meanwhile, Lisbeth is a hacker who is following Mikael because of the company she works for and soon helps Mikael with the case by giving him clues and evidence. Mikael tracks Lisbeth, they meet and they begin a teamwork effort into finding out more evidence for the missing girl. Along the way Lisbeth is sexual abused by how new legal guardian, Mikael is attacked several times, Lisbeth and Mikael form a connection and it ends up with a twist ending, where all the evidence points towards one person. It has a great ending and the action really spices up. It has a great pace for a long film, and it isn’t boring, rather the opposite. The abuse scenes are quite a lot to handle, but handled a way that isn’t distasteful.

On a last note, it’s a good film, a good watch and it doesn’t get boring at all. A surprisingly good script, with some good acting, an overall good effort. I haven’t got a bad word to say about it. It does what it says on the tin. A modern European thriller detective movie.


Simon Childs

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