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"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Synopsis

A discredited journalist and a mysterious computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder. Inspired by late author Stieg Larsson's successful trilogy of books, the film gets under way as Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander are briefed in the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, whose uncle suspects she may have been killed by a member of their own family. The deeper Mikael and Lisbeth dig for the truth, however, the greater the risk of being put in danger by members of the family who will go to great lengths to keep their secrets tightly sealed.

Specifications

  • Music Box Films
  • 2010, Color, R , 2 Hr 32 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC MPEG 4
  • English DD Audio 5.1, Swedish DD 5.1 with subtitles
  • Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace
  • Directed by Niels Arden Oplev
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

This is a terrific movie that develops a complex story in an economical way. The screenwriter has done an excellent job at paring away excess in the book and really focused on the main storyline without losing detail. The actors are very good and totally believable. They may be unknown to an American audience, but that just makes them more “real”. The Swedish countryside is gorgeous and reminds me of Maine. As a warning, the movie depicts a brutal rape scene that may make viewers very uncomfortable. Lisbeth is misused by men, but she gets back at her abusers in a novel way. This is the first of a trilogy of movies. The next two are “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest” and they will be released shortly. See these before Hollywood messes them up!

Technical

Picture and sound quality are very good. The outdoor scenes are bright and clear which contrasts wonderfully with the darker interior scenes. Flesh tones are very good and shadows are deep and three dimensional. I saw no artifacts or aliasing. Colors were well saturated and rendered naturally. The sound is DD and not in any HD format, but you will not notice it during the movie. Surrounds and sub are used extensively throughout. Dialog (even the English dub) is clear and well centered.

Extras

An interview with Noomi Rapace, a family tree graphic and movie trailers.