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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Freaky Swedish flick is winning U.S. audiences

By Scott Beveridge

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – It was refreshing earlier today to see long lines form outside a movie theater for something other than the latest 3-D Hollywood blockbuster.

Those moviegoers turned out for showings of a Swedish thriller, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," at an obscure art house in Pittsburgh's Edgewood section, a theater where Saturday matinees have typically been lucky to draw a dozen people.

The 2009 film based on a European best-selling novel by Stieg Larsson makes its United States debut this month and took the screen this weekend at Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Regent Square Theater.

It's a crazy story involving a disgraced journalist, freaky Goth computer hacker, rich and powerful family, corrupt corporate giant, dangerous probation officer with a passion for bondage, serial killer and few Nazis. The rest of the story centers on the 40-year-old disappearance of a rich heiress.

Despite the complex plot and subtitles, director Niels Arden Oplev has delivered an easy-to-follow and suspense-packed movie that was capped here with rousing applause.

Expect this sleeper starring Michale Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace  to show up at the 2011 Oscars. 

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