The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

February 27th, 2009

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Still of Noomi Rapace in The Girl with the Dragon TattooStill of Noomi Rapace in The Girl with the Dragon TattooHelen Du Toit and Niels Arden Oplev at event of The Girl with the Dragon TattooMichael Nyqvist and Niels Arden Oplev in The Girl with the Dragon TattooStill of Peter Andersson and Noomi Rapace in The Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing -- or dead -- for forty years by a young female hacker.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.8/10 (70,470 voted)

Critic's Score: 76/100

Director: Niels Arden Oplev

Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. 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, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost 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.

Writers: Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg

Michael Nyqvist - Mikael Blomkvist
Noomi Rapace - Lisbeth Salander
Lena Endre - Erika Berger
Sven-Bertil Taube - Henrik Vanger
Peter Haber - Martin Vanger
Peter Andersson - Nils Bjurman
Marika Lagercrantz - Cecilia Vanger
Ingvar Hirdwall - Dirch Frode
Björn Granath - Gustav Morell
Ewa Fröling - Harriet Vanger
Michalis Koutsogiannakis - Dragan Armanskij
Annika Hallin - Annika Giannini
Sofia Ledarp - Malin Eriksson
Tomas Köhler - 'Plague'
David Dencik - Janne Dahlman


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Release Date: 27 February 2009

Filming Locations: Erstavik, Nacka, Stockholms län, Sweden

Opening Weekend: DKK 12,905,858 (Denmark) (1 March 2009) (102 Screens)

Gross: $104,000,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Sweden: (extended version)  | Canada: (Extended Version) (Part 1 & 2)

Did You Know?

Noomi Rapace took her motorcycle license as a preparation for the movie.

Revealing mistakes: The video camera that Lisbeth used to film Bjurman raping her, was one using a DV tape. However, after coming home Lisbeth turned on the camera and immediately watched the rape scene. In reality, she would have to rewind the tape first.

Lisbeth Salander: [tattooing Bjurman] I've never done this before. Hold still, or it'll get messy.

User Review

Great Swedish thriller

Rating: 9/10

This film was very well-made with superb cinematography. The actors all portray their respective characters perfectly, although Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander, Michael Nyqvist as Michael Blomkvist and Sven-Bertil Taube as Hanrik Vanger deserve a special mentioning. They are all very likable and believable.

The films story is very exciting and puzzling (for those that haven't read the book) and the pace is steady with some really tense situations. The investigation part of the story is excellent. Although it is 2.5 hours long it is never boring.

The soundtrack was also very fitting and helped to set the mood of the film. This is far above any other Scandinavian thriller production, and I look forward to the rest of the films/series.

I recommend it to anyone!

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