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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

A 2011 movie directed by David Fincher.

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Revenge is better when served cold.

  • Aug 27, 2012
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+5
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," was one of the most suspenseful novels that I've had the pleasure of reading.

I had also seen the original movie with subtitles and enjoyed that also.

With the 2011 film, directed by David Fincher, I have, once again, been greatly entertained.

The story is based on a Swedish journalist, Mikael Blomkvist suffering a legal defeat on a case where he is accused of slander.

As he faces the shame of being set-up, he's hired by Henrik Vanger to help with his memoir but in reality, to look for the person who killed his niece, Harriet Vanger, forty ago. Harriett disappeared forty years ago and Henrik suspects that it was someone in the family who killed her.

As Mikael looks into the Vanger family history, he decides that he needs a research assistant and computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander is hired.

Much of the story is about Lisbeth's life and how she had been appointed a ward of the state. She has been friends with her lawyer but he has a heart attack and a sexual predictor is appointed to take the man's place. It is Lisbeth's method of extracting herself from this position that is interesting to see.

Then she begins helping Blomkvist and they uncover a serial murderer that goes back generations.

Not only was the acting of Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara and Christopher Plummer beyond superb, but the direction of David Fincher was very well done.

As Blomkvist is getting closer to the killer, the background music is like a clock ticking or a heart beating.

The ending was in two parts, dealing with the killer and answering the question of what happened to Harriet. Both were well done and pulled together nicely to create a very satisfying movie.
Revenge is better when served cold.

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September 02, 2012
Great film. Ever since I read the trilogy I've liked this one a lot more than the Swedish one (it was pretty much vise versa before). Not only does Fincher's adaptation follow the novel more faithfully and in doing so register correctly with the characters and their emotions but it also leaves more of an impression. The Swedes don't have access to our fancy cameras and effects which technically puts them in a sort of handicap although it did not prevent the Swedish Dragon Tattoo from failing miserably.
 
September 02, 2012
Great film. Ever since I read the trilogy I've liked this one a lot more than the Swedish one (it was pretty much vise versa before). Not only does Fincher's adaptation follow the novel more faithfully and in doing so register correctly with the characters and their emotions but it also leaves more of an impression. The Swedes don't have access to our fancy cameras and effects which technically puts them in a sort of handicap although it did not prevent the Swedish Dragon Tattoo from failing miserably.
 
August 31, 2012
Good review!
 
August 29, 2012
Good film but I would've liked it better if I did not see the original Swedish film. Nice review. I haven't decided which one is the better Lisbeth--Rapace or Mara...
 
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A murder mystery rife with suspense, scandal, sexual abuse, and some supremely intriguing characters,The Girl with the Dragon Tattoois an excellently crafted film adaptation of Stieg Larsson's equally fascinating book of the same name. Larsson's book was also the basis of a 2009 Swedish film (also with the same title), and while the Swedish film was good, this American version is far superior, thanks to fantastic cinematography and livelier pacing that results in a constant, electric tension that drives every second of the movie. The breathtaking footage of a snowy, remote island in Sweden thoroughly exudes bitter cold, and the attention to the smallest details, like the whistling of the wind through a door left ajar, makes the hairs on the back of viewers' necks absolutely prickle. Like the book, the film is long (158 minutes), there's an abundance of dialogue that is never awkward and always efficient, and there are plenty of false endings. The suspense and the intricacy of the mystery are stellar, and even viewers who know the story well will find themselves sucked into the riddle being investigated by journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig). The casting is great, as are the performances of all the key actors, but by far the best thing about this film is Rooney Mara, who is utterly believable as the incredibly strong, extremely disturbed Lisbeth Salander, Blomkvist's unlikely assistant. Mara's performance is chillingly real and completely ...
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Director: David Fincher
Release Date: December 20, 2011
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Mar. 20, 2012
Runtime: 158 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures Entertainment
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