Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Movie Review: "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"

5. "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is easily the best movie I've seen in 2010, which may read like damning with faint praise, but this is, in fact, a damned fine movie.

4. This Swedish thriller, based on an international best-selling novel of the same name, packs all the things that makes movies great into its 2-hour, 28-minute runtime.

3. The characters are layered, flawed and terrific with a classic detective pairing of antisocial computer hacker Lisabeth (Noomi Rapace) and magazine reporter Mikael (Michael Nyqvist).

2. The mystery is captivating and filled with unforeseen twists (but not M. Night Shyamalan twists) and there's tense action, graphic violence, romance, sexuality and, well, it's just a really good movie.

1. The book this flick is based on is sure to come to Hollywood sooner rather than later, but I recommend seeing the Swedish version as no American studio will produce a movie of this quality without watering it down from a fine wine into spiked Kool-Aid for mass market appeal.

"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"
- 2hr 28min‎‎ - Rated R‎‎ - Suspense/Thriller‎ -
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Cast: Peter Haber, Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, David Dencik, Georgi Staykov
Finney's Flicks Grade: A+

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