Action, murder and mystery take center stage in David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
Based off the bestselling novel, the movie tells the story of a recently disgraced journalist, played by Daniel Craig, hired by the patriarch of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families to solve a decades-old mystery surrounding the disappearance, and possible murder, of his niece Harriet.
As Mikel begins to wade through all the secrets and lies of the Vanger family, he takes on an assistant, Lisbeth Salander, the infamous girl with the dragon tattoo.
Lisbeth is an introverted young woman with a dark past and a violent temper. In her early twenties, she’s still considered a ward of the state because she is viewed as being unable to take care of herself. She is also a brilliant computer hacker and researcher capable of digging up information on anyone.
After the two team up they realize that Harriet’s disappearance is connected to a string of murders against women with biblical names. As the investigation heats up, so does the relationship between Mikel and Lisbeth.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an entertaining film full of action, mystery and danger.
The intricate plot, dealing with generations of secrets from a very powerful and deadly family makes the movie interesting and will keep viewers guessing until the very end. There are many plot twists and none of them can be easily predicted by the viewers. The final fate of Harriet herself is a twist both shocking and well played.
The cast of the film are all excellent in their roles, but none of them shine more than Rooney Mara, who plays Lisbeth.
The role of Lisbeth could not have been an easy role to play, but Mara does so with ease. She is believable as a calmly psychotic young woman, who you do not want to cross.
Lisbeth Salander is, in a word, badass. Whether she is beating down a street punk in a subway station or enacting revenge on her sexually abusive legal guardian, she does not hold back.
These scenes are very graphic and disturbing at times, but serve the purpose of developing the characters personal arc.
Overall, the movie is a winner. It is well plotted, well written, and well-acted. It will definitely leave viewers hoping that the next two books in the series make it to the big screen as well.
Tristian Evans Tkevans1098@txwes.edu 4/5 stars