(Like many Netflix customers, I too can get quite lax with the timely watching and returning of my movies, which of course defeats the entire purpose of having a flat-rate rental plan in the first place. To combat that, I am now writing standardized mini-reviews of each and every movie I end up watching through Netflix, both instantly and on DVD. Don't forget, all previous 'Justify My Netflix' reviews can be found on CCLaP's main movie page.)
Why I added it to my queue: Because I was a big fan of the Stieg Larsson novel this was based on, when first reading it earlier this year, and thought I'd get a jump on the coming Hollywood version by checking out the humbler Swedish adaptation from 2009; plus, with the DVD version so hard to get ahold of through Netflix, this gave me the perfect excuse to finally try watching a full-length feature through the Netflix Streaming app on my iPhone (a surprisingly great experience, by the way).
The reality: Stor! And sheesh, I gotta say, if you have even the slightest tolerance for subtitles in your movies, you should really do yourself a favor and check out this Swedish production yourself, because it's nearly perfect -- filmed in a cool but lush style with high-def cameras and a whole lot of location shooting, I think it's fair to call this even better than the book it's based on, once you add the creepy soundtrack, remove the book's digressions, and factor in the burning intensity (and frequent nudity) of Noomi Rapace as a pitch-perfect Lisbeth Salander, a role which earned her a Swedish Oscar the year the film first came out. Taut, scary, exciting and intelligent, this movie version does an amazing job at showing why people the world over have been going so nuts for these books, and it comes strongly recommended whether or not you're an existing fan of crime thrillers.
Strangest piece of trivia: Rapace prepared for seven months for this movie, taking kickboxing lessons, learning how to drive a motorcycle, and getting her eyebrow and nose pierced.
Worth your time? Absolutely