Isaacs Picture Conclusions



HMMM – I’ve had some serious writer’s block about this one for quite some time now (over a year). Normally the things I try and tackle aren’t super high profile like this one, so I haven’t really known what to say or how to start this. I’ve seen all three (four if you count that remake bastard) of these and I really liked them all, but I think this is the best of the bunch. Or did I like “Played With Fire” better? It’s been a while since I’ve seen the other two but I’ll get to them.  I mean, who hasn’t seen this (or all of em) so what is there to write about that anyone hasn’t read? Anyway, I was finally inspired by our friend Claratsi’s post of THE LAST STAND and thought I’d give his experiment a shot.  Here’s the rules:

Five simple rules:

  • 101 words; no more, no less. Split-words are permitted (If spell-check says so!?)
  • Must mention two lead actor/actresses names
  • Must reference at least one good thing and one bad thing
  • What’s it about? (no separate plot/synopsis section)
  • The movie’s title must be mentioned in the body of the review


So, here goes (and this wasn’t easy):

Noomi Rapace gets the opportunity of anyone’s lifetime to get to be Lisbeth Salander – I mean, how lucky can one person get? I’ve never read the books but I thought she was absolutely terrific. Mikael Nyqvist blows Daniel Craig out of the snow as Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist searching for a billionaire’s missing daughter. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a very complex movie with family demons (and dominatrices) (did I make that word up? I might’ve), boobs and chock full of murder around every corner. If you’re ever in the mood, do this one and not the remake.


  1. I loved this movie, and Noomi is amazing, period. Hated the remake though, so I completely agree! The other two in the Millennium Trilogy are as good as this, with the last one providing some great courtroom drama!


    • theipc

      It’s been a while since I’ve seen them but I know I really liked the second too – the third kind of comes to me as a little boring – but good.

      I’m thinking the remake might be one of my entries into SHITFEST: FALL…. but that would mean I’d have to watch it again and I don’t really know if I want to do that.


  2. I’ve never watched any of them. I’ve read all of the books and usually seeing the movie afterwards is a BIG no no for me…it never ends well. I have heard good things and might break down and watch it….maybe just this one. : )


  3. Good job on the challenge; I don’t know if I could be that concise! Also, I thought I was the only one who found the American one to be somewhat mediocre. I guess I do need to watch the Swedish version.


  4. I’ve seen the Fincher one none of the swedish. Thing is I don’t think the Fincher version is bad, is just isn’t really the book. It’s just molded to his kind of style. Will give this a try though, and the style of your synopsis was interesting.


    • theipc

      Thanks for reading and commenting!!

      I think Fincher’s version had a few things bad going against it in my head.

      I HATED The Social Network. I couldn’t believe the guy that did SE7EN made that and Trent “I Wanna Fuck You Like An Animal” Reznor won an Academy Award for the score.

      I also hated the blobby Reznor “Immigrant Song” opening credits.

      I also hated Dream House and Daniel Craig’s cuffed up jeans and here he was sporting them again!


      Thanks again for stopping by!


  5. Love this movie, Rapace is amazing. And I find her strangely attractive too. I wasn’t actually that much of a fan of the other two, thought they were a bit dull. I liked the remake well enough but it just didn’t need to exist, it was completely pointless. Nicely done sir!


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