Punk Hacker, Meet Punk’d Hack: Discuss — Review of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

Bob Mondello  |  NPR

Walking through a Stockholm square at the outset of the arrestingly violent Swedish thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) can’t escape his own image: His face, accompanied by the headline “Guilty,” stares back from newsstands, from billboard-sized video screens, and — though Blomqvist doesn’t realize it — from the viewfinder of a camera held by a fierce-looking, leather-clad punk named Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace).

Blomkvist’s crime was investigating an industrialist powerful enough to make a libel suit stick. He is unaware that Lisbeth, who has been brutalized enough to instinctively side with the powerless, has taken an interest in him. By hacking his computer, she has discovered that while awaiting the start of his jail term, he has been investigating what even Swedes would consider a cold case: the disappearance some four decades earlier of another industrialist’s niece.

Blomkvist’s old-school, shoe-leather approach to solving the disappearance isn’t getting him anywhere, but once he and the tattoo girl get together and establish a few boundaries (no hacking your allies, f’rinstance), Lisbeth’s not inconsiderable skills — including a photographic memory and a mean way with handcuffs — help move the case forward.

Though Stieg Larsson’s novels are rife with sexual violence and considerable gore, they’re also mystery thrillers in the Agatha Christie sense — in this case, the specific genre homages include an isolated estate and skulking suspects with loads of motives and alibis. (Read More)

April 21, 2010 | Posted in: film reviews | Comments Closed

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