After reading Sister, I followed up with this thriller movie, just for kicks, and because I was in the mood for something grim and dark. This movie's the perfect follow up for the night.
Mikael Blomvist, a journalist, has just lost his finances and reputation when he failes to uncover a corrupt businessman's misdeeds, and accepts a job from Vanger, a tycoon looking for clues in the disappearance of his great niece Harriet. Blomvist gets help from a young hacker Lisbeth Salander, and in turn uncover something more behind the mystery.
This movie, like the book (although I haven't had the chance to read it yet), deal with mature themes such as explicit sex, rape, and murders. I find that it is often a little terrifying, but necessary for the movie. I like how bad-ass the main leading lady is, because I'm so used to meek sidekicks that do almost nothing except throw a little punch or add a clever line here and there. I love Noomi Rapace in the Swedish version, and Rooney Mara is also breathtaking and damn credible in this one. She owns the character and manages to make her both vulnerable and strong with a flip of a coin.
I've always loved Daniel Craig, and he's a wonderful Blomvist, but I have to say he's overshadowed by the other characters. I'm also glad they take out some parts of the book for the movie and focuses only on what's essential.
The mystery is wonderfully explored, then solved. I like that there is hardly any shocking scenes that are meant to create cheap suspense out of the audience, but rolls smoothly to make us as the viewer participate in it with the characters. The music is also far from distasteful, I find it a bit odd that they use classical piano and instrumental to accompany several scenes, but in the end I think they fit nicely.
I'm not sure whether the second installment will be released soon, and I'm feeling a little bittersweet about the ending (although it's perfect, actually). But I think I might give the book a try.
Review: 4 out of 5 stars