The plot is quite involved and takes some time to really take shape, but there are some quite stunning twists and some skillful detection on display. Blomqvist is a likable guy you really urge to find the truth and Lisbeth is immediately memorable. Both leads give excellent performances. I didn't find it to be particularly outstanding in any way though, and I thought the final act, apart from tying up every single loose end, was unnecessarily long. The dual individual stories during the first hour were also oddly edited and assembled, almost void of connection. The direction, while successfully conforming to a popular genre, lacked some imagination. It is also puzzling to hear that there is an American re-make in production. With the exception of the Swedish spoken language, the landscape and the icy atmosphere of the estate, it felt somewhat like a Hollywood film. Overall, the first film adaptation of the hugely popular Stieg Larsson 'Millennium' trilogy was an exciting and watchable thriller, and I'm certainly intrigued by what lies in store for the characters in the soon-to-be-released sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire.
My Rating: 3 1/2 Stars