directed by Niels Arden Oplev
Hardcore. That may be the first word that comes to mind when describing the film adaptation of the first book by worldwide bestselling author Stieg Larsson, and while it’s not as graphically nightmare inducing as Irreversible, or visually grotesque as Thirst or the Hostel films, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (actually titled Men Who Hate Women, btw) delves into morally dark territory with a perspective that seeks to demand physically violent retribution for the ills of the world. It’s the kind of eye for an eye plot device that oftentimes warps what could be a dark and realistic depiction of madness, disorder and bigotry. Noomi Rapace is spectacular as Lisbeth, unhealed from a childhood tragedy and guarded (with good reason) from developing any sort of relationships. I’m all for a good mystery, but for me the story seemed too preoccupied with dealing and redealing with different variations of the same theme (rape, molestation, sexual murders, etc) that I really struggled to stay with it. This is definitely a personal thing, and I don’t think that anything should be taboo in the art of literature and film, but give me a good political thriller any day of the week.