Monday, March 8, 2010


By D.E.Levine

Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Writers: Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg (screenplay); Stieg Larsson (novel)
Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Haber, Sven-Bertil Taube, Peter Andersson, Ingvar Hirdwell, Marika Lagercrantz, Bjorn Granath, Ewa Froling, Michalis Koutsoglannakis, Annika Hallin, Sofia Ledarp, Tomas Kohler, David Dencik, Stefan Sauk, Gosta Bredefeldt et al.
Producer: Soren Staermose
Executive Producers: Anni Faurbye Fernandez, Lone Korslund, Peter Naderman, Ole Sondberg and Mikael Wallen
Associate Producer: Jenny Gilbertsson
Line Producer: Susann Billberg-Rydholm
Coordinating Producer: Jon Mankell
Original Music: Jacob Groth
Running Time: 150 Minutes
Country of Origin: Sweden
Language: Swedish with English subtitles
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Drama

In the manner of John Schlesinger's "Marathon Man" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Spellbound", Neils Arden Oplev has directed a spellbinding mystery thriller that will withstand the years and become a classic in its own right.

Based on a novel by Stieg Larsson that was published posthumously and became an international phenomena, the film revolves around an investigative reporter and his very unlikely partner, a punked out, goth mentally unstable girl who's a genius computer hacker.

Accompanied by original music that adds to the mounting tension and mystery throughout the film, the story involves corporate trickery and serial murders that span several continents and involve the evil past and complicated industrial fraud of a wealthy Swedish industrial family.

When Mikael Bloomkvist, loses a libel suit brought by Swedish industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerstrom, his magazine, Millennium is in financial jeopardy. Michael accepts a job offered spending a year prior to serving his jail sentence, writing the history of the Vanger family. The job is offered by Henrik Vanger, the former CEO of the Vanger companies in exchange for financial help with his magazine and information proving that Wennerstrom is corrupt.

Michael becomes disheartened feeling he cannot discover any new information until he meets Lisbeth Sander, an abused, victimized and misunderstood young woman who dresses in goth clothes, has numerous piercings and tattoos, and is extremely asocial.

A brilliant investigator and computer hacker, Lisbeth teams up with Michael in a classic detective pairing and their findings unravel a four decades old mystery.

This is a harsh film with violence, torture, bloodshed, abuse and many twists and turns. Noomi Rapace is brilliant as the sullen, victimized Lisbeth. Intent upon exposing abuses of power, her pairing with Mikael seems strange but is tremendously effective.

The pair doggedly pursue their goal until they uncover a lot more than they bargained for and results in many unanticipated surprises.