I'm pretty sure this was my favorite foreign film I've seen this year. I'm not a huge thriller fan, I feel like they all are the same. Suspence, Action, a little bit of romance thrown into the mind of the slightly deranged main character. This film does all of these things but in a so much more appeling way.
First off Lisbeth is one of the best characters I've seen in a while. She's alternative but still highly attractive, smart, witty and kick ass. Which when you think about it is kinda like 'oh, the perfect girl, well that is kind of unrealistic.' Well your wrong. They have that covered. She is far from perfect when you find out she's on leave from a mental asylum.
As for the other main character Micheal, I feel like he would have been utterly hopeless without Lisbeth which is a huge disadvantage on his character. The only thing that was good about him was the fact that he was comic relief and also had a huge part in helping Lisbeth piece back together the broken pieces of herself. I do give him credit, he did take part in helping solve the case, but for the most part he was the 'damsel in distress' which is hilarious.
Lisbeth's probation officer...oh my god. He is my #2 character in any movie EVER (that I've seen) who I utterly despise, number one being the father in 'Pan's Labrinth'. Which I have to give to the actor who played the P.O. because if you can make me HATE a character that much, and I say HATE without any regret, then you did a very good job. I feel like the revenge placed on him was well played, and very original. It totally left me with a smile on my face and completely satisfied to see what happens to him which makes me love Lisbeth even more.
The entire case of the missing woman was enthralling to, which throughout the entire film left you guessing who did it (until the end of course). The ending was good, kind of a 'fairy tail' ending, but besides that the rest of the film was on key with being awesome. I also enjoyed the grey tone feel the entire film had. No bright colors really, just bland and grey which fits perfectly with the film.