Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Writers: Nikolaj Arcel & Rasmus Heisterberg
Starring: Michael Nyquist, Noomi Rapace
A reporter (Nyquist) recently found guilty of slander teams up with a punk hacker (Rapace) to investigate the 40-year-old disappearance of a 16-year-old girl, but are quickly forced to widen their gaze when the scope of the happenings are more grand than they have been led to believe.
This Swedish film, based on the first book in Stieg Larsson's posthumous Millennium trilogy, is a wonderful thriller, and puts most Hollywood productions to shame. Despite the language barrier and lack of any recognizable actors, I was still able to follow the plot and discern characters. However, it was by no means predictable. The film took many twists and turns, and my jaw nearly hit the floor a few times in the final 30 minutes. My only gripe is that the titular girl isn't the main focus of the film, more of a secondary lead, and her tattoo is neither plot relevant nor explained. Regardless, I'll definitely be seeing the second and third films, both due out later this year.