5 This is what a thriller should berohanrider | 25/07/2010 | See all rohanrider's reviews (33)First of all watch it in Swedish with subs then watch it again with the English audio commentary. The two lead actors are so understated and act so well together. The girl (Noomi Rapace) is absolutely top class, I have not seen a performance as good as this for a long time. It is a long film but to be true to the book it has to catch all the detail of the research the journalist must do to complete his quest. I don't think really the ending is such a big twist it's more of an alternative conclusion to what audiences or readers may have expected. This is top entertainment and better as it was set in Sweden; the setting captures the cold and the bleakness of the dark story. The sub plot regarding the probate issue and the girl's past perhaps could have been better explained, unless you have read the book the film does not quite clarify this and you could get the wrong message here but that is only a minor criticism.The central theme of hatred of women comes across loud and clear and is woven together perfectly in an intricate and satisfactory narrative. How very typical of the Americans to want to do a reprise, or re-make or whatever ghastly word they use when they hack a perfect film to pieces.