One of the more popular Swedish films released in 2009 finally hits St. Louis (notice a trend from last week?) in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." A thrilling, suspenseful mystery punched up with splashes of action, Dragon is much more enthralling than "The Ghost Writer," another highly touted thriller released earlier this year.
The film deals with the disappearance of a young girl from an influential family. What unravels touches on the dark extremes of religion, racism, sexual fetishes and misogyny. Utilizing current technology to deduce the truth from various artifacts, the puzzle slowly comes together over the course of 2 1/2 hours (and a swift moving 150 minutes it is). The film produces hard truths, grizzly scenes, and powerful performances throughout the cast.
Currently, I would equate Dragon to an American equivalent of "Zodiac." Coincidentally, David Fincher has purchased the rights to Dragoon to produce the American remake. While the film contains many scenes, themes and acts that probably won't make the American version, Fincher is probably the best man for the job - someone who could deftly pull off a tense, crafty mystery that tops all that American audiences have seen for a sometime.