The evil in Niels Arden Oplev’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is so in your face that there is no room for any shades but, as Critic After Dark Noel Vera points out, it is Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer that conveys menace through the very smoothness of its visual texture.

Niels Arden Oplev’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) isn’t bad; if anything, it’s the best example I’ve seen recently of the by-now ridiculous serial-killer genre.

I like the strong feminist context. I like it that Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is the real protagonist, both confronting and chasing after the killer, and that journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is mostly a Boy Friday, providing access and information (and the occasional late-night boinking, with Lisbeth firmly on top), by film’s end acting as Dude in Distress for Lisbeth to rescue.

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