An adaptation of an apparent dime-store cheapie masquerading as important literature, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is overflowing with faux-titillating elements, from lesbianism and rape to S&M-themed sexual violence and murder. Nazis also play a key role in this cinematic version of the first novel in deceased Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy,” though unlike kindred best-seller phenom The Da Vinci Code, this tale is less about fancifully rewriting history than merely indulging in exploitation-fiction devices. After being disgraced and ordered to serve three months in jail, crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is hired by a wealthy industrialist to unravel the mystery of his beloved niece, who disappeared without a trace forty years earlier. This investigation ultimately pairs him with Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), a bisexual computer hacker – and laughably contrived wannabe badass goth antihero – whose piercings, tattoos and jet black hair and matching apparel all speak to her traumatic past and painful present, which involves being raped by her scummy legal guardian. Their joint mission results in personal and professional redemption, though not before director Niels Arden Oplev’s film can revel in its seedier aspects – scenes of abuse are shot with commercial-slick graphicness and more than one eye toward arousing rather than horrifying – while appropriating every aesthetic trope from the modern Hollywood thriller handbook. Larsson and Oplev clearly intend their genre material to double as some sort of statement on male brutality towards women, but the proceedings’ omnipresent luridness negates any such intentions, reducing the whodunit action to merely low-grade suspense rubbish.