Each year on his birthday, Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube) receives a framed flower in the mail â€“ a gifting tradition, unique to his niece Harriet, that began many years ago.Â The only problem: Harriet has been missing for over 40 years.Â And Henrik believes she was murdered by another member of the Vanger family.
Based on the first book in Steig Larssonâ€™s bestselling mystery series, this Swedish (Larssonâ€™s native language) film trails bold journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) after he is commissioned by a desperate Henrik to investigate Harrietâ€™s case â€“ one final attempt to find closure before it is too late.
Blomkvistâ€™s work is interrupted by a strange e-mail from rebellious, expert computer hacker, Â Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), who soon joins Blomkvist in his quest for answers.Â The pair uncovers deep, evil secrets about Vanger family members as unpredictable plot twists unfold.
A sucker for anything in series form, I was left anxious to see the second film in the trilogy.Â The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo touches briefly on Lisbethâ€™s complicated and traumatic â€“ and in this film, graphically disturbing â€“ background, but leaves viewers longing for more details, as well as knowledge of whatâ€™s to come for this somewhat crazy yet empowered woman.Â The film also ends with Blomkvist serving time as a result of a serious legal battle involving falsified journalism.
Fans of mystery thrillers will enjoy this subtitled take on one of the most popular books of the decade.Â While the US has set out to create a 2011 English version of the same tale (very creative, America), I highly recommend catching this Swedish original first, as (with the exception of The Office) I am quite sick of the US stealing and undoubtedly ruining all things best left foreign.
Both The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its sequel The Girl Who Played With Fire are available on Netflix instant queue and are certainly worth a watch.