Chilling Swedish Thriller
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Movie

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (original Swedish title, "Män som hatar kvinnor" - "Men Who Hate Women") is based on the much lauded crime novel by the late Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson, the first in his "Millennium Trilogy".

When Larsson died several years ago he left three unpublished novels, which became posthumous best sellers. Directed by the Dane, Niels Arden Oplev, this film mirrors the first of the books. It’s a complicated, intelligent, epic saga of corporate wrongdoing and the deep dark secrets of a wealthy family of Swedish industrialists named the Vangers.

Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomqvist is approached by the leader of the Vanger family (Henrik) and is commissioned to write a family history. However it soon becomes clear that Henriks real motivation in employing him are a little more sinister. During the mid 60’s one of the young Vangers, 16-year-old Harriet, disappears without a trace whilst attending a family get together on their private island. It’s quickly apparent that this is what Blomqvist will really be investigating as Herik Vanger harbours suspicions of familial foul play.

Enter the girl with the aforementioned dragon tattoo who is to become Blomqvists sidekick. She’s gothed up, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, who has a troubled past and a propensity for violence. Together this unlikely couple set out to find out what happened to Harriet. It takes little time to link Harriet’s death to a bevy of brutal murders committed around the same time and increasingly the Vangers appear to be hiding some serious skeletons in the family cupboard, which have been successfully hidden by power and wealth. Will the two improbable sleuths solve the case?

It’s garnered rave reviews in it’s homeland and preview screenings in the the UK have been almost universally positive. If this can do what ‘Let the Right One In’ did for Scandinavian cinema a couple of years ago then its quite possible a filmic franchise may be born.

Release Date 12th March 2010


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