I haven’t seen the US remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but I loved the Swedish version (and I’m generally not a fan of subtitled movies).
This dark, violent drama follows the travails of Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist unjustly convicted of libel against a powerful industrialist. While awaiting his sentence, Blomkvist is hired to investigate the disappearance of wealthy man’s niece 40 years earlier, which brings him into contact with “the girl with the dragon tattoo”, Lisbeth Salander.
Salander, brilliant, willful, and troubled, takes charge in the investigation and uncovers
This is one of those rare movies that elegantly unfolds an intricate story at just the right pace, building and releasing tension masterfully, and then delivers a truly cathartic climax and ending…while also remaining true to the book it was based on. The entire cast gives outstanding performances as well, with Noomi Rapace (Lisbeth) shining above all.
Simply put: this is and will remain one of my favorite foreign films of all time.