As anyone who reads this blog knows, I'm obsessed with the novels of Stieg Larsson. And I'm not the only one.
Like just about everyone else who has read and marveled over Stieg Larsson's dark, violent international bestseller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, director Niels Arden Oplev is mesmerized by Lisbeth Salander, the novel's pierced, fierce computer-hacker heroine.
``The book is part Agatha Christie with punk squalor infused,'' says Oplev, 49, whose brooding Swedish-language version of Dragon Tattoo opens Friday in South Florida. ``There's the isolated island, the dark secrets, the missing woman, the filthy rich family, the freezing cold, a classic investigator. . . . But the genius of it is Lisbeth's character. She's totally unusual. When she comes in, that's when the book takes off. My joke is that she is the scariest thing coming out of Scandinavia since ABBA.''
Click here to read my story on Oplev, who did an amazing job bringing this book to the screen. If the American production is half this good, I'll be happy.