Not having read Stieg Larsson s novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo I cannot say how good this Swedish film adaptation is. On its own The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo DVD is an excellent thriller. This is not a lightweight movie and you have to be willing to sit through its 154 and be comfortable with English subtitles.
Michael Nyqvist plays investigative journalist Mikael Blomqvist. Blomqvist is awaiting his sentence after losing a libel case. He is hired by an aging industrialist to look into the disappearance of his niece some forty years ago. Blomqvist is being electronically tracked by a hacker named Lisbeth Salander. Salander has serious problems of her own, a mysterious past, and quite a character. Together the two crack the ice cold case but only after quite a few adventures and almost getting killed.
You have to be familiar with European cinema or the book (I guess) to really enjoy The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. This is a moody, slow paced, character driven movie. Director Niels Arden Oplev takes his time to set the pieces and back story. He also indulges in a few scenic shots here and there.
If you are a less patient thriller DVD fan you might want to wait for the Hollywood version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo with Daniel Craig and someone else. No doubt it will focus much more on the gore and much less on the characters.