Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Movie Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an adaptation of a Swedish trilogy novel by the late Steig Larsson originally titled Män som hatar kvinnor which means “Man Who Hate Women". This award-winning novel is just one of the Millennium Trilogy series. His inspiration came from a bad past where he witnessed the gang rape of a girl when he was 14 years old. Larsson felt bad that he did not sound off the authorities on the said crime and this eventually prompted him to write the famous books later on. 

In the movie, Daniel Craig played the character Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative finance journalist who was convicted for libel by a billionaire industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerstrom for an alleged financial sabotage issue. Burnt from the tragic experience, he was suddenly offered an investigative writing job about the history of the Vanger family by another rich business tycoon, Henrik Vanger, played by award-winning British actor Christopher Plummer. A part of Blomkvist’s job is to investigate the unsolved mystery disappearance/murder of his favorite niece Harriet 36 years ago. He was offered by Vanger a lucrative financial compensation and documents that will strengthen his case against Wennerstrom.

Prior to Blomkvist’s commissioning, little did he know he already went through a thorough investigation made by Vanger ‘s legal counsel through an unusual young woman named Lisbeth Salander who worked for Milton Security. Noted for her cunning style of surveillance and hacking skills, her report about Blomkvist lead to the prompting of the Vanger writing project.

The story revolves in the tracing of members of the Vanger Family and their connections that might lead to the suspect. Blomkvist went through pictures and old police reports but with all the information in front of him, he can’t seem to place all the pieces together that will lead him to solve the case. He then appealed to his client for assistance that led to a partnership with Lisbeth and which made his deductions suddenly become clear. As the case became warmer, so does the relationship between Blomkvist and Lisbeth which gives the film an interesting story. 

This film is directed by David Fincher, the same guy who helmed The Social Network movie among other big hits. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as compared to the novel is pretty much on the same track without so much diversion from the original. Since this film is in a three part series, movie fans can expect a couple of sequels more, perhaps, in the future.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is rated R-18 so expect a lot of skin, bare nakedness, and some pumping action scenes that make the story more exciting to watch. It is distributed by Solar Entertainment Philippines and is now showing in all major cinemas in the metro.

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