The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first of three part Hollywood adaptation of the book written by Stieg Larsson The Millennium Trilogy. There has been a Swedish adaptation.
The story setting is Sweden. Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investigate into the disappearance of Henrik Vanger grans-niece Harriet in 1996 in their island home. Mikael is the discredited publisher of Millennium magazine, Henrik is the retired CEO of Sweden’s most powerful business. Mikael was hired by Henrik to do the job after he was investigated and cleared by Lisbeth Salander. Lisbeth is an investigator with very good computer skills and with a troubled past. Her legal guardian blackmail Lisbeth into abusive sex but eventually backfired when Lisbeth filmed him raping her and Lisbeth blackmailed him back.
Mikael turns to Lisbeth for assistance on the Harriet case. They figured that Harriet was probably killed by her Martin who is now the CEO of the family business. Mikael goes to Martin’s house, Martin confessed to raping and killing women and was about to kill Mikael when Lisbeth showed up and attacked Martin with a golf club. Martin escaped by car, followed by Lisbeth on her motorbike; Martin had a car accident and died in the accident.
Mikael found Harriet living in London under an assumed identity.
The film is great in every aspect. It is brutal and violent but it is very engrossing. Each character is very well-developed, cinematography is fantastic and the script is well written. There is no dull moment in the film. The movie is great suspense-mystery film; it is brutal yet it is captivating and entertaining.
Daniel Craig played Mikael, and Rooney Mara played Lisbeth Salander. She played the character very well but comparing her portrayal with Noomi Rapace in the Swedish adaptation, I like Noomi Rapace better. Mara’s portrayal is more humane, innocent and sympathetic while Rapace is a lot more fierce and more psychotic.
Overall, the movie is very good and recommended.