The girl with the dragon tattoo

15 Jan

Its been a long time since I have graced the cinema, and there have been quite a few films recently released that I have been dying to see, I didn’t choose to see The girl with the dragon tattoo, I never read the series of books (much to my dismay I never got round to it) but for the first time in a long time despite the fact that it may not have been my first choice, I left the cinema feeling like it was ‘money well spent.’

So the film stars Daniel Craig as disgraced publisher Mikael Blomkvist who through his naivety prints a story without the firm evidence to back up his claims, and is now being sued for hundreds of thousands in libel court by the sinister billionaire and industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström. With his career in tatters and his bank balance worse, when the mysterious Henrik Vanger calls and asks him to investigate the unsolved death of his niece Harriet which Vanger has been searching for an answer to for the past 36 years, Blomkvist cannot refuse, particularly when Vanger offers him the key to bringing down Weenerstrom should he discover the truth. Meanwhile Lisbeth (the girl with the dragon and a few other tattoos besides) a freelance surveillance agent and researcher, specializing in investigating people on behalf of Milton Security, is struggling with a new guardian who controls her finances due to the state believing her to be ‘mentally incompetent’ and ‘asocial.’

Blomkvist and Lisbeth come together through the desire to solve the ever-growing and deadly mystery of Harriet’s death, and race against time to find an answer as they find their lives under threat. I won’t spoil the film any further for potential viewers but its safe to say that this movie has some plot twists in store for you!

The girl with the dragon tattoo is a gripping mystery that certainly had me on the edge of my seat, I found myself without realising it, drawn in and engrossed in the story line, forming opinions of my own on who killed Harriet which is always the mark of a good movie and also finding a new heroine in Lisbeth, who overcomes adversity that would have crushed some one less than herself. I do have to warn viewers that this film is a bit graphic with the scenes of sexual violence, its 18 for a reason, the scenes were disturbing and had me turning away, so in that sense this film is not for everyone. In fact a little trivia, the films sexual violence themes emerged from the late Stieg Larsson’s guilt of witnessing a gang rape at 15 and not being able to help the victim, who was named Lisbeth (our punky heroine.)

In conclusion, this film is certainly an excellent mystery thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end, having never read the books I can’t comment on whether the film stays true to them, but I can’t see how any of Larsson’s fans could be disappointed leaving the cinema. Go see it and allow yourself to be whisked away into a world of intrigue and deadly secrets, that results in a shocking and disturbing finale.


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