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Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The (2011) Movie Information

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504

Avg. Rating:

2.97/4

# of Ratings:

233

Genres:

Drama, Thriller

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

12/20/2011

DVD Release:

03/20/2012

Director:

David Fincher

Actors:

Daniel Craig
Rooney Mara
Stellan Skarsgård
Robin Wright
Christopher Plummer
Embeth Davidtz

 

 

 

 

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David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's popular novel: Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist teams up with a brilliant hacker and loner Lisbeth Salander in order to solve a 40-year-old mystery that has plagued the scion of a powerful family. -- Chris Kavan

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worleyjamers 06/30/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

I loved it! I personally liked it a lot more than the Swedish version (both are brilliant films). A little long. Rooney Mara is brilliant, we'll be hearing about her in the future. The opening credits are super stylish and epic.

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Ivana 06/28/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist in problems, receives the commit to investigate the missed member of a abashed family. He start to work with Lisbeth Salander, a victim of a sick society where "Men hate women", as his original tittle, who the attention will be focused in this hero post-modern psycho-punk. This thriller fathoms in the personal relationships, oriented to make justice against those powerful monsters. Astonishing soundtracks, and good actors performance in this dark movie.

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FSUNoles27TS 12/31/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

I have not read the book, and had no intention of checking this movie out in the first place. My wife had other plans. So I sat on my couch awaiting what I thought was going to be a shallow and far-reaching movie. This is actually a great crime/detective thriller with great characters and great acting. The rape scene was far too brutal for me. I guess some people might think that adds to some kind of anger to keep the movie going, but I thought it was unnecessary and disturbing. Other than that, this was a fantastic movie and is definitely worth the rental.

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  mdtinney
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04/17/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Fincher is an Amazing Director.. Mara shines!!

David Fincher is brilliant. I thought he had maxed his potential with Fight Club and Seven, but he came & did it again. Having not seen the Swedish film or read the novel, this was a completely new story for me. & I was blown away! Daniel Craig gives a solid performance as Mikael Blomkvist, a disgraced journalist tasked with solving a 40 year old murder. The supporting cast is excellent as well, in particular Christopher Plummer & Stellan Skarsgard. But the real star is Rooney Mara, as Lisbeth Salander, an emotionally damaged and unstable woman bordering on insanity. In every scene, she owns the character. She's fierce, gothically sexy, and unbelievably smart and unique. David Fincher is known for his dark, edgy style & it shows in this film. The cinematography is fine as is the musical s...

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3.5/4 

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  Daniel Corleone
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02/09/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) review

Much like the original Swedish film, Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is the co-owner of "Millennium" magazine and Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) a researcher for Milton Security and a computer hacker. Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) assigns Mikael to probe his niece’s murder, Harriet, 40 years ago. Vanger Industries CEO Martin Vanger (Stellan Skarsgård), decide to invest in Millennium magazine. Noomi Rapace was more effective than Mara in line with their wonderful character. There are times you cannot comprehend the words coming from Rooney Mara. This version had a bitter ending though the soundtrack and cinematography were effective. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo had some plot confusion, overall it’s a good drama thriller that was somewhat similar to the original, which real...

Rating of
3/4 

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  MovieAddict
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02/04/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Compelling mystery thriller!

With a tone-setting opening credits sequence to a darkly atmospheric score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an unrelenting and intense thriller that had me on the edge of my seat. A mysterious modern whodunit; as the story slowly unravels it becomes more and more gruesome and mysterious; grabs you and doesn't let go for the next hour and a half.

I did not read the book (the trilogy is already in my library on my list of books to read next) nor seen the original. That being said I thought the script was brilliant, location and shooting was beautiful and the cast was absolutely incredible.

Daniel Craig portrays journalist Mikael Blomquist who having been disgraced in court over a libelous story. He finds himself engaged to investigate, under the guise o...

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3.5/4 

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  Snoogans
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I had never read the books, or watched the original films, but I genuinely enjoyed this film.  I think that most other film fans will appreciate it and most of the mainstream audience will be turned off.  There isn't really a middle ground with this kind of movie.
12/24/2011
5:47 pm CT

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  Chris Kavan
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This is just as good as the original - and even better in some aspects (namely the score and the perfect cinematography). I found it to be darker than the original. I rated it the same in the end:

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The (2011)
Fincher's Dark Vision is a Worthy Remake
3.5/4 stars
I am a fan of the original Swedish version of the film, and when I first heard they were going to do an American remake, I had my doubts. Yet when I heard David Fincher was attached, I was suddenly interested again. Fincher is meticulous to detail and no one can craft a dark vision better - needless to say, this film was in the right hands.

Is Fincher's film better than the original? I would say it's just as good (I awarded both the same score). One thing they got right is the tag line - this is the feel bad movie of the year. From the opening, that looks like it could come out of a NIN 90's era video - Trent Reznor's version of Immigrant Song with Karen O on vocals plays over an oil-drenched, technological nightmare - that's the best way I can describe it - and you know this movie isn't set out to be a pleasant ride.

One thing Fincher gets right is the casting of Rooney Mara was the right choice. You will here a lot of arguments for Mara vs. Noomi Rapace - they're both good choice, but Mara's version just seems a little on the darker side. From the look - piercings, the bleached eyebrows, the hair and outfits - and, most important, simply her facial expressions - I didn't think anyone could pull of Lisbeth Salander after Rapace, but Mara's performance is just perfect.

If you think the look is the only thing that's dark about the character, Fincher also wasn't about to shy away from the darkest moments from the book. There are some definite squirm-inducing scenes one can only describe as depraved and violent. The retaliation is just as brutal. How does one even prepare for such a thing? The fact it appears believable makes it all the harder to watch - it's upsetting, but I'm glad he didn't back down.

Other than Mara, Daniel Craig makes a good choice for disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Craig is pretty much playing the stoic, determined type once again - unlike Bond, don't expect any action sequences, but he makes a logical, if not overly exciting, choice. Christopher Plummer brings the right amount of gravitas as Henrik Vanger, patriarch of one of the most twisted families around. Yorick van Wageningen - not a name I'm familiar with, deserves recognition for what he had to perform, and endure, for Nils Bjurman - his part is just as important as Mara's and I must say one of the reasons it works is that he plays it well.

The rest of the cast is decent, if not a tad bland. Stellan Skarsgård does fine as Martin Vanger, though nothing that stood out for me. Likewise, I wish we had got to see more of Robin Wright as the relationship between her and Craig didn't seem fully developed. Relationships are a key, and that's probably the one area that I felt was missing in the film (more on that a little later).

The once character that truly seems to stand out isn't even an actor - it's the setting. I read that they filmed in Sweden during one of the coldest winters on record, and it certainly comes through. Look, I'm in Nebraska and I've dealt with some cold winters in my time, but even I felt a chill in the air just watching that initial scene when he arrives on the island because it didn't just seem cold - it was cold. The wind, the snow - it looks like it goes down to the bone, and in this movie, it's a perfect fit.

Another perfect fit is the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. I was impressed with The Social Network and I continued to be impressed by their work. Pulse-pounding but never intrusive - dialed-down when it needs to be - I can honestly say I wouldn't change a note, it's that spot on. If they're not nominated again, I will be surprised.

The story pretty much follows the book - a bit more polished than the Swedish version. I liked how they incorporated the flashback scenes with the present day. Even though I knew how things eventually ended up, I was never bored with this version. If you haven't seen the original, or read the book, I imagine you'll get even more out of the mystery and revelations.

There are, however, some omissions I find worrying, which prevent this from a perfect score. As I said earlier, relationships make up a fair bit of the plot - and while I did find the Blomkvist/Salander relationship to be presented better in this film, the other relationships were either scaled back or cut out altogether. Fincher also had a much more abrupt end than the original, and while there was some dialogue hinting to the next book (The Girl Who Played with Fire), I like the tease in the Swedish version much more. They also changed how they resolved the mystery - the people involved, but this didn't bother me near as much as the other two factors.

In the end, Fincher's version is a just as dark if not darker than the original and stands on its own. This is one remake that lives up to the original, and in some aspects, even surpasses it. As long as you can deal going to some unpleasant places, it's worth the time.
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12/23/2011
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  Chris Kavan
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I always have high hopes for David Fincher. I didn't think anyone could make a compelling movie about Facebook of all things, but he proved me wrong.

I loved the book and also thought the Swedish version did a good job. Fincher looks like he's going a bit darker on his route - which is okay by me. If anything - that's what was missing from the Swedish version. I will second you - this is also my most anticipated film of December and Oscar season.

11/22/2011
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I think this is the movie I am most looking forward to for the Oscar season. I think Melancholia also looks promising for me. Will this be as good as the original?
11/21/2011
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