Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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THE GIRL WITH DRAGON TATTOO

Directed by Niels Arden Oplev (Music Box Films, 2009)

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Fans of the late Stieg Larsson's crime trilogy (a dark Harry Potter for adult murder mystery fans) will want to see this Swedish-language film tracking the first volume of heroine Lisbeth Salander's contest with the forces of villainy.

But be warned that Lisbeth is no Nancy Drew, and this is no "cozy" mystery. More hardboiled than Sam Spade or Philip Marlow, Salander makes even Helen Mirren's Superintendent Detective Jane Tennison seem as quaint as Miss Marple.

A recluse hacker with a wolf's charm and a biker's tattoos, Salander is an investigator of unparalleled gifts. There is no nanobyte of personal or corporate data beyond her reach, and few scruples or firewalls to prevent her from uncovering their secrets. Watching her at work is like watching a tigress on the prowl.

But the real (and dark) pleasure of Larsson's 90-pound detective is that she is a feminist heroine with a decidedly biblical sense of justice. …

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