Movie Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist has just got out of prison for a conviction of libel against a criminal that he featured in his magazine Millennium.  He is down on his luck, however he becomes embroiled in an even larger news story that involves Lisbeth Salander, a skilled hacker and researcher who has a complex past.  Blomkvist and Salander team up at the request of an aging but wealthy businessman to investigate the disappearance of his niece many years earlier.  He believes she was killed in cold blood by another family member.  As Blomkvist and Salander investigate the case, and develop a closer relationship despite Salander’s introverted state, they encounter personal danger given the troubling histories they are uncovering from this extended family.  Salander also has to face a dangerous situation from a man who has control over her finances.

Movie Review: This complex mystery tale based on the award-winning Swedish novelist Stiegg Larsson’s first of three novels with these characters is a very satisfying adventure indeed.  We get a great mix of action, intrigue, politics, exploration of real issues in Sweden, romance, and of course some very frightening scenes.  The filmmakers here have not shied away from showing some of the more disturbing elements of the novel, which is a credit to them because that is what makes these novels so excellent, for showcasing in a fictional story the true reality of serious situations like sexual abuse and exploitation of women and children.  The screenwriters have taken a complex and long novel and done a greta job distilling it down into a manageable movie-length piece while staying true to the story.  Main acting roles by Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace are exceptional, and they bring to life the characters from the novels.  Scenes from Stockholm and rural Sweden are magnificent, and make us feel we are there right beside them.  Overall, this is a great film that brings us into the world that Stiegg Larsson brought us with his trilogy.  Well Done!

Overall Review: 5 stars out of 5

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