|Noomi Rapace in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'|
Thinking that the English version from David Fincher
will be releasing tomorrow, I sat and watched the Swedish original. Apparently
the end has been changed in the new version so a comparison wouldn’t hurt.
Unfortunately there is no confirmation of the release date so I have to
restrict myself to going gaga about this 2009 film.
Based on the book of the same name by Swedish
author/journalist Stieg Larsson, the film is a complex mix of mystery, edge of
the scene moments and really extreme drama. These are elements that are not
often found together in a film better yet, portrayed well. But the film not
only scores on the sharp performances by the leads but a very tight direction
by Niels Arden Oplev, who keeps the audience on their toes even after many of
the secrets are unveiled.
The story revolves around Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), publisher
and part-owner of the left-wing Swedish political magazine Millennium. He is hired
by Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube) to investigate the disappearance of his
great-niece, Harriet. The other plot involves Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), a
surveillance agent who has her demons from the past and crosses paths with
Blomkvist eventually helping him in the investigation. While the investigation
is the central interest of the story there are many other sub-plots that are integral
in making the film more hard hitting. And all of them find a fine balance, never
overwhelming the pace.
The film has a dark undertone to it and considering
the violent nature of some of the scenes, anything else would have been
inappropriate. Violence towards women is one of the recurring theme in the
movie and though very disturbing, it never turns away from the fact that the
film is a thriller. Background and past stories are weaved in just as much
necessary and make it easier to understand the characters, especially that of
Noomi Rapace is one of the reasons to watch the
movie. She not only has a strong presence but embodies what Lisbeth is through
her demeanor. The one scene where she is attacked in the subway is where you
see her unleash her anger and frustration and yet she is calm the next hour.
Rapace is the star of the film along with director Oplev. Cinematographers Eric
Kress and Jens Fischer, take the story and give it life through their lens. Maybe
it was the Delhi cold but I could actually feel the ice on the Vanger estate
while watching the movie.
This is movie is a fantastic thriller and if you
plan to watch the Hollywood version whenever it is out, you must see this one
before it. You could possibly not be disappointed.
Labels: Amazing, CRITIC'S PICKS, Thriller