directed by Niels Arden Oplev / starring Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre
I managed to avoid the Millenium trilogy for quite a while, for no particular reason. Maybe it's because crime has never been my favourite genre, or because I knew my national pride would again sink an inch lower after watching the films. Damn you, Swedes. I don't know how you do it, but please, couldn't you just give us a chance for a change, too? One more reason to go see Rare Exports. I need some assurance that us Finns are good for something as well.
I haven't read the books, so I'll just talk about films here. The first one is called Män Som Hatar Kvinnor in Swedish, Miehet jotka vihaavat naisia in Finnish and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in English. (I kind of see why they didn't translate it literally to 'Men who hate women'. Sounds a bit weird in English.) Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist, who is hired to investigate a mysterious case of a 16-year-old girl, who disappeared 40 years ago. The girl's uncle is certain that she was murdered by some member of the family. Mikael is quite unexpectedly aided by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker with a troubled past.
I liked the film more than I expected. The story sucked me in almost instantly and I wasn't bored once. The end credits scrolled to the screen way too soon, and I get to add two more films to my to-do-list of the holidays. Michael Nyqvist is excellent, but the real star is indeed Noomi Rapace. Lisbeth Salander is quite a rare female character, still in this day and age, and Rapace does a phenomenal job. Next she gets to play with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in the Sherlock Holmes sequel, and then...? Who knows, but I guess there's no stopping her now.
P.S. I'm actually looking quite forward to the Hollywood remake! The Social Network girl, whose name I'm too lazy to look up or remember right now, ought to do a pretty decent job as Lisbeth and hey, it's David Fincher, after all. So, fingers crossed...
P.P.S. In movies like this, the scariest thing are always the old, black-and-white, blurry photographs and videos, showing the victim in their last moments. For some reason, those images are highly disturbing to me. Hrr.