2 hours, 40 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language
Daniel Craig ...
Rooney Mara ...
Christopher Plummer ...
Steven Berkoff ...
Robin Wright ...
Stellan Skarsgård ...
Yorick van Wageningen ...
Joely Richardson ...
| The film opens on windswept Hedeby Island, home of the wealthy industrial Henrik
Vanger (Christopher Plummer) and his fractious family. A murder
investigation is under way, led by disgraced journalist Mikael
Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) and his testy punk assistant Lisbeth Salander
After Blomkvist's trial for libel, he reluctantly travels up
to Hedeby to accept an unusual assignment from Vanger, who 40 years
later is still obsessed over the unsolved murder of his niece Harriet.
There's reason to suspect someone in the family did it, and as Blomkvist
gets more tangled in the Vanger family web the story flips between him and
Salander, a private investigator and hacker assigned at first to do a
background check on Blomkvist. That's the
only connection between the characters for a long time, as Salander
deals in her own violent way with her abusive legal guardian while
Blomkvist is isolated on the island.
That's the basic background of this twisty mystery which engaged millions of readers of the best selling novel by Stieg Larsson. The film has been faithfully adapting by screenwriter Steven Zaillian and director David Fincher who manages to draw out
themes and ideas that were barely present in the original story, creating a film
that's less about the lugubrious plot than the fascinating characters
who inhabit it. It's a vast improvement on the book. But the most outstanding thing about this exciting thriller is the memorable performance of Rooney Mara, with her steely gaze, clipped delivery, jet black hair, bleached blond eyebrows and constant scowl. Her look and performance will linger with you long after the movie is over.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a bracing, completely absorbing thriller, hopefully just the beginning of two equally ferocious sequels which should be coming along over the next couple of years.