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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo also known as “Män som hatar kvinnor” (original title), “Los hombres que no amaban a las mujeres,” “Karlar sem Hata Konur,” “Lohetätoveeringuga tüdruk,” “Mænd der hader kvinder,” “Menn som hater kvinner,” “Miehet jotka vihaavat naisia,” “Millénium,” “Millénium—Le Film,” “Millénium, le film,” “Millenium 1: Los hombres que no amaban a las mujeres,” “Millenium, les hommes qui n'aimaient pas les femmes,” “Millennium 1. Os Homens que Odeiam as Mulheres,” “Millennium: Mezczyzni, którzy nienawidza kobiet,” “Millennium: Part 1—Men Who Hate Women,” “Millennium: mannen die vrouwen haten,” “Os Homens Que Não Amavam As Mulheres,” “To koritsi me to tatouage,” “Uomini che odiano le donne,” “Verblendung”

MPAA Rating: R for disturbing violent content including rape, grisly images, sexual material, nudity and language.

Reviewed by: Christopher Walker
CONTRIBUTOR

Extremely Offensive
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Crime Mystery Thriller Foreign Drama Adaptation
Length:
2 hr. 32 min.
Year of Release:
2009
USA Release:
November 7, 2009 (AFI Silver)
March 19, 2010 (limited)
DVD: July 6, 2010
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about murder in the Bible

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NUDITY—Why are humans supposed to wear clothes? Answer

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fornication

Featuring: Michael Nyqvist (Mikael Blomkvist), Noomi Rapace (Lisbeth Salander), Lena Endre (Erika Berger), Peter Haber (Martin Vanger), Sven-Bertil Taube (Henrik Vanger), Peter Andersson (The Lawyer Nils Bjurman), Ingvar Hirdwall (Dirch Frode), more »
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Producer: Danish Filminstitute, Danmarks Radio (DR), Film i Väst, Filmpool Stockholm Mälardalen, Nordisk Film, more »
Distributor: Music Box Films

Also available, see review page on the remake of this film: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.

There’s a solid mystery thriller element surrounding “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, the first chapter based on a trilogy of books written by Steig Larsson and released posthumously after his death in 2004 (it has been revealed that he had plot outlines written for ten books). The main heroine of the film, Lisabeth Salinger (Noomi Rapace), is more complex than one might seem: she is a 24-year old goth girl who has been both misunderstood and misinterpreted by the community, despite being one of the most brilliant computer hackers and having a superior photogenic memory. She is able to hold down a job, which might’ve been where the computer hacking came into play, as she was investigating once-respected reporter Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist). He has six months of freedom before beginning a jailed sentence on a bogus charge, he is asked to investigate a 40-year old case by elderly reclusive billionaire Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube). His niece Harriet disappeared without a trace, and suspects someone within his family is covering up the crime.

After hacking on to his computer and discovering what Blomkvist’s latest assignment is, Lisabeth uncovers a piece of the puzzle that he finds completely baffling. Blomkvist then arrives at her apartment and offers her help on the investigation. She takes it, and proves to be a worthy ally to the forty-something investigative journalist. And in the end, it quickly becomes a dual mystery thriller: solving the murderer and finding out more about Lisabeth’s mysterious background.

All three chapters were filmed back-to-back in Sweden and were all released within a year of each other, so eventually all three were acquired by American independent film company Music Box who are doing the same thing; the second chapter gets released this Friday and the third chapter on October 15. Still, it is a great start for a film trilogy that, despite some confusion in the first chapter (due to the movie’s length and some strong subject matter), makes someone want to continue watching the series to learn more. It is a movie that focuses more about its characters than the action that happens around them, which is refreshing from the usual American Hollywood-fare.

The Swedish film has English subtitles. It has been confirmed that an American remake is in the works for a 2012 release starring Daniel Craig and possibly Carey Mulligan, with distribution by Columbia Pictures (a Sony company). I don’t know if the director they’ve chosen, David Fincher, is going to have the slick direction or the brilliant cinematography, or the great acting that the Swedish film possesses. You might already guess that it might not turn out so well, as 99.7% of the remakes are not.

Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Extreme

Editor’s Note: This extremely offensive movie is not recommended by Christian Spotlight. It well deserves its “R” rating. In addition to racism, revenge, lack of mercy, lying, stealing, drunkeness, there is disturbing… violence, including: • sadomasochism with rape—and forced sodomy and beating of rapist • car set afire by girl to kill man inside • beating • attempted strangulation • humiliation • grisly images with bloody wounds / …sexual material includes: • depiction of sex (unmarried) • implied lesbian sex • female nudity (rear and upper) • male nudity (rear and upper) / …language, including G*D and numerous obscenities.

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.


Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive
Positive—While the movie had great acting, a great plot with twists, as a Christian it would not be a great movie to see. I would say you would have to be built up as a Christian to see this. There are some very graphic scenes; rape scenes, sex scenes, and pictures of grotesque murders. I like the idea of making people aware of this kind of evil in the world, and to stand up for injustice. This is a definately something God has called us to do.

The movie is based on the book by Swedish author, who as a teenager had witnessed a rape himself and was plagued with guilt for not saying anything about it. His main character Lisbeth Salander is based on that girl he had witnessed being raped. Not only should we as Christians be sensitive to those who have been hurt in a such a horrible way, but we should also show them the light of Jesus, the love of Jesus, that God does and can bring healing to them.

This movie is definately only for adults, and most definately those that are strong in their faith.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Christina, age 27 (USA)
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