I thought 2011 was a quite a good year for film as there were a ton of great movies to see these past few months. From the art house to the big budget fare you could find a lot of options no matter what your interests as the line between the two seems to be blurring. Some would argue that is a bad thing, but I feel that line is only blurring because of what you can do on a budget nowadays. Regardless, all that matters is that the films are good and that blurring line is allowing filmmakers at every level to better bring their visions to light.
Before going on to the review, I must warn a vast majority of you all that are interested in seeing David Fincher’s adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s book series The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. If you cannot handle any sort of ultra-violence, which includes pictures of brutal murders and a couple of scenes of rape and torture, then this movie might not be for you. Also, if you are a movie goer and easily gets lost in such a way that you leave the theater scratching your head, then once again, this movie is probably not for you. But if you are a brave soul who loves a good murder mystery, then by all means, go and see this film.
Mikael Blomkvist is a minor celebrity reporter who’s image and magazine, Millennium, is dragged through the mud when he is sued and convicted of libel against a prominent industrialist whom he exposed for being involved in much illegal activity. Mikael doesn’t try to defend himself and privately shares that he was set up though he has real dirt on the industrialist that he just needs a bit stronger evidence on. Following Blomkvist’s case is a private detective, hacker Lisbeth Salander, who was hired to report on Mikael by another industrialist, Henrik Vanger, who recruits Mikael to research and make one last attempt to solve a long time family mystery; the disappearance/murder of sixteen year old Harriet in the 60’s. Mikael agrees to the job but Lisbeth covertly stays on the case by cloning Mikael’s HD and following his every move in his research.