Was there anyone who didn’t bother to see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, the adaptation of the first book in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium (subsequently referred to as simply Dragon Tattoo) trilogy is a wicked cool Swedish import (the American remake is already being filmed by David Fincher). Noomi Rapace makes a stunning debut as iconic Lisbeth Salander, a Goth, bi-sexual computer hacker with the past of a deeply troubled teen. When journalist Mikel Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) investigates the disappearance of a woman forty-years ago, he’s aided by Lisbeth, who gets in over her head with a mysterious and powerful family that she appears to have even more ties to. This film was so popular in theaters that the subsequent adaptations in the trilogy, made for Swedish television only, were then released (not on this list). One of the surprise hit thrillers of 2010.


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