Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger dynasty. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder – and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.
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Reviewed on 01/10/2012 by
Having read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo books, which are excellent, I was unsure about the films. In this case, the three films are just as good as the books. The acting is suberb and, as far as is possible, the films remain true to the book. Without doubt the three best films of their kind that I have ever watched. The director and the actors portray a very violent and difficult story seriously and magnificently. To call the three films excellent does little justice to them in my opinion.
Reviewed on 17/01/2012 by
Absolutely Fantastic!!! This is the first part to the Trilogy and I loved all 3. The only thing to be aware of is they are all strictly rated 18 and in all 3 you do see bad sexual abuse, its just something to be aware of, it doesn't spoil the story but you see a lot! I would still recommend all of them.
Reviewed on 11/07/2011 by
i would recommend that you watch this before reading the book. if you read the book before watching this you may be disappointed. although this film is well over 2 hours long, it doesnt really convey the atmosphere og the book. in its own right, its a decent thriller, although a bit slow and plodding at times. the acting is also lacking. but despite that i enjoyed it. worth a watch.
Reviewed on 10/01/2011 by
Firstly, 'The Girl With' film is very good indeed. Having read the 'Millennium' trilogy of the award winning, best-selling books by the late Stieg Larsson, it is difficult not to compare the two mediums. The point to realise is that the films are solid enough to represent and serve justice to the books, in combining ways, being impressive in their own right. The films pleasingly stick to its Swedish routes, being shot in Sweden and also in Swedish (with optional English Dub versions that are also good). It also remains low budget in feel, being dark and full of tension and with moments of suspense and shocking content (i.e the several rapes and sex scenes). There is a Hollywood adaptation being planned, with Daniel Craig being confirmed as the lead, and this I feel is a real shame, as it will undoubtedly lose some of it's integrity. The book's original title was 'Men Who Hate Women', which really is the theme and underlying subject matter fuelling this excellent modern crime drama thriller. This inclusion and obsession of violence against women in contemporary Swedish society, addresses psychological issues of crimes and how people's backgrounds can ultimately affect them later in life. It is great that the stories will reach a bigger audience base but it is a bit of a shame that many will miss out on reading such quality novels. To stop myself comparing the two I would say most thriller and drama film fans will enjoy both of the 'Girl' films, probably finding them more shocking, impressive and scary than the avid book fans. My only criticisms are that some scenes are rushed, such as the super speedy and ridiculous computer hacking, evidence and research processing and many of the other characters are simply visited briefly and with no depth. But, in all fairness a film that is over 2 hours does well to cover a large book. You may love it for the excellent story, reader or not, and the themes, graphic scenes and characters. However, this could also be the reason you would hate such an adult thrilling romp.