The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first book in the Millennium Trilogy by Swedish author Stieg Larsson, movie adaptation is directed Niels Arden Oplev. Now, my review is based on the just movie as I have yet to read the book. But as my Mom has just wrapped the book up I know its going to be great!
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 Vanger's are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.
The trilogy was filmed all at once in Sweden, so note to all it WILL have subtitles. If your normally put off by subs, like me, fear not you get over it very quickly due to the compelling nature of the story. There are no big-name-hollywood-actors in this film and I liked that, a lot. It felt raw and real, and was acted to perfection by everyone.
Has some strong sexual content that may not be comfortable for some people, so I recommend to those of you who like happy light heart comedies, think twice about this one. That being said, the film is extremely engaging and comes highly recommended. Its out of theaters now but can be found wherever you rent movies.
Dollar at Redbox! :)