The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Director:  David Fincher

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright

Release Date:  December 20, 2011

What’s it about?

A psychological thriller that follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, and a talented yet troubled investigator and hacker, Lisbeth Salander. Their paths cross when they are picked to investigate the disappearance and assumed murder of business magnate Henrik Vanger’s grandniece, Harriet, 40 years ago.

What’s hot?

I have seen a number of movies directed by David Fincher, but few have been as riveting, as utterly captivating, as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. While the story line and screenplay deserve credit, Fincher’s ability to use compelling sequences coupled with a stimulating background score keeps viewers on their feet, always thinking that something is about to happen. Craig and Mara’s performances are commendable, especially that of the latter, whose commitment to the role is visible in her dramatic change in appearance.

Like any great movie, the magic of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo lies in the fact that it comes across as a completely believable story, the raw and horrific nature of which captures the viewer’s attention from the get go.

What’s not?

While not a critique of the film-making, this is fair warning to anyone considering watching this movie that it will have an impact. It will push you to a zone where you would likely not be comfortable with what you see and hear. So think before you watch this (but watch it anyway).

I’d give this..

4.5 Stars – The setting does not matter. Just focus!

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