The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Title: Män som hatar kvinnor
Year: 2009 (Sweden), 2010 (US)
Length: 152 minutes
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Writers: Nikolaj Arcel & Rasmus Heisterberg, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson
Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace
Music: Jacob Groth

My reaction
Synopsis: a journalist investigates a 40-year-old mystery, while a hacker spies on him
How I saw it: in the theater, yesterday
Concept: Indifferent. A thriller featuring a hacker? Really? Is it 1995 yet?
Story: Great.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Indifferent.
Pacing: Great. Continuously engrossing.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great.
Music: Good.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). A strong film – both in the well-made sense and in the black coffee sense. There are some scenes that are horribly unpleasant to watch. But they’re a relatively small portion of the movie, and they make important contributions to the story and characters. Overall, it’s a much more entertaining movie than I expected based on its Swedishness, the bad poster and the premise (which in fact is not anywhere near as lame as it sounds when glibly summarized).
Objective Rating: 3.2/4 (Very good).


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