December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

January 30, 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Sweden (2009)

When it's over, the movie gave me chills.  It was creepy, disturbing, and downright deserved the "R" rating it received for language, sexual violence, and morbid perversity.  Having read the book, I had hoped the movie would not stray from its origin, and I'm glad it didn't.  In fact, I think the movie gave the story the images that the book failed to transcend.  This is one of those movies that work well as a companion to the book.  From the book, I got the story, the thoughts of the characters, and the emotional tone; from the movie, I got the images which really brought the horrific details to life.  The story's about a journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, who is in search for a woman who has been missing, or dead, for forty years. He enlists the help of a female hacker named Lisbeth Salander, portrayed brilliantly by Noomi Rapace.  Salander is tough, she's raw, and she's mental at times, but she still manages to exude a sense of vulnerability that makes me want to root for her.  If you can sit through subtitles, this movie is a gem of a thriller.

My rating: 4 out of 5


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