27 April 2010

Devil in the Woods

The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo (or Män som hatar kvinnor - translated to "Men Who Hate Women" in its orginal Swedish title) is a film that recently hit US shores and is based on the Swedish, award-winning crime series of novels by author and journalist Stieg Larsson. The film is the first in his "Millennium Trilogy" and in the midst of all the hype it's receiving, the film did not fall short of expectations.

Now, there is always the fear that a film that comes from a dark, fictional series of novels (ala Harry Potter, Twilight, etc...) is going to end up a cheesy, Americanized blockbuster. Thankfully Swedes do things better than most and director, Niels Arden Oplev made sure the film was well-acted, wonderfully shot and balanced a continuous sense of intrigue with sporadic resolve.

The story remarkably blends mystery, crime solving and haute action to keep the viewer engaged. Oh, and the girl - the one with the dragon tattoo, of course - is quite the ass-kicking heroine.

The film is not lacking high doses of dark and graphic situations, but if you're in the market for a great film that will start a great series, this is the one.




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