Dec 8, 2010


The Novelist Stieg Larsson died in 2004, where none of his “Millennium” trilogy has been published yet. There was a tragic story that I found behind the making of those books. When Larsson was 15 years old, he witnessed the gang rape of a young girl. He never forgave himself for failing to help that poor girl at that time. The girl name was Lisbeth. Thiz movie is the first adaptation of those trilogy books. Sometimes I find myself enjoying so much pleasure by watching European movies like thiz Scandinavian movie. The movie is filled with splendid cinematography. I have ever thought that High Definition (HD) Camera would not be able to accomplish thiz kind of remarkable views. I was wrong, many today's Directors are still able to create a great nuance with precise treatment through their HD Cameras, sometimes even better. The movie is directed by Niels Arden Oplev. The story tells about the troubled journalist Mikael Blomkvist has to work side by side with a genius punk gothic hacker, Lisbeth Salander in order to solve a mystery about a missing young girl named Harriet, for the event that had occurred 40 years ago, upon the request of a billionaire industrialist, Henrik Vanger. I have to mention that Sven-Bertil Taube has made a solid performance as Henrik Vanger. Michael Niqvist is very convincing to create his dual side character as Mikael Blomkvist. And surely, the most memorable performance belongs to Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander. I realize that those characters are so difficult to play especially for the two main characters, Blomkvist and Salander because of their complicated motives and backgrounds. I simply called thiz movie as classic thriller with modern contents. Classic which makes us pays attention to clue by clue to get closer to the hidden villain. It is what classic thrillers do. Modern which floods with audacious elements such as the anti-hero characters, ironical sexual abuse scene, unusual moral conflict and many more. I heard that next year, they will remake thiz movie into Hollywood version. My opinion is don’t expect too much, even though the Director will be David Fincher who is capable to translate dark tone into intriguing crime thrillers like thiz, he had already proved that through “Se7en” (1995), ”Fight Club” (1999) and “The Zodiac” (2005). The newest James Bond Daniel Craig will be the main figure as Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara (”The Social Network” {2010}) will be playing Lisbeth. I think no matter how hard they will try. Thiz Swedish movie has already set up the bar so high and seems undefeated at thiz time.

Stars : 7,5/10
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Jonny Fendi

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1 comment:

  1. Very, very good thriller film ! I went to see this film having heard nothing about it at all and another film I wanted to see wasn't on the Sunday matinee, this looked 5 Euros I've spent in a long time.