The international title The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sounds like it’s about everybody that was kung-fu fighting (in fact, it was a little bit frightening, funky China men from funky Chinatown and… ahem, he he) but really it’s not. It comes straight from the north: cold, dark, bloody. And the title should actually be translated Men Who Hate Women, right on topic.
The movie is two hours long but at no point I got bored. Quite a challenge, it is a captivating thriller, except the very last part that seems to me as much useless regarding the storyline as too convenient to be credible. The main story, from Stieg Larsson, is heavy, disturbing, but not at all like trashy Catherine Breillat/Virginie Despentes stuff. Because even if extreme violence is depicted, even if evil people that deserves and receives death penalty are thoroughly described, there is more to life than that, and the film makes it obvious.
I noticed on Wikipedia that a remake was made in 2011, with a $90 million budget instead of $13. I’m not sure I like the idea of a remake so soon after a first one so I guess I’ll just ignore it. By the way, speaking of remakes, don’t miss Life is life sung by the Vanger brothers.