Director: Niels Arden Oplev. Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Sven-Bertil Taube. 152 min. Sweden/Denmark/Germany/Norway. Suspense/Thriller.
Norman Jewison once said: "Forget the box-office, forget the gross - just find a good story". This couldn't have been more true than for Dragon Tattoo. Not much of a deep story, but the whodunit is so absorbing, the characters so well-defined, the direction so skillful, it'll be hard contemplating a bathroom-break during this 2-1/2 hour whirlwind of a thriller. The most enchanting character is Lisbeth, the street-smart punk with the dragon tattoo, who's as thin as an anorexic, but delivers such an aura of self-confidence without cracking a smile, the performance is worthy of award-recognition. Not to be missed.