The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo | Chicago Reader

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

An award winner in its native Sweden, this jumbo-size mystery (2010) is adapted from the first novel in Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy" and explores the various misdeeds of a powerful family dynasty. The unappetizing heroes—a disgraced left-wing journalist (Michael Nyqvist) and a hardened goth sporting the title body art (Noomi Rapace)—team up to solve a puzzle that involves Nazism, gruesome murders of beautiful women, and clues from the Book of Leviticus. I haven't read the novel, but I'm guessing that the sleuths' endless perusal of photographs, texts, and computer screens is more engrossing in print than it is here. The cluttered narrative leaves little room for character development, though director Niels Arden Oplev does manage to accommodate plenty of gratuitous torture and rape. In Swedish with subtitles.



  • Niels Oplev


  • Michael Nyqvist
  • Noomi Rapace
  • Lena Endre
  • Peter Haber
  • Sven-Bertil Taube

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