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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in Columbia Pictures' three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson's literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy. Directed by David Fincher and starring ... read more read more...Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film is based on the first novel in the trilogy, which altogether have sold 50 million copies in 46 countries and become a worldwide phenomenon. -- (C) Sony

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DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012

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  • May 13, 2014
    Really enjoyed this movie. And it can be watched more than once. You almost need to take notes at the beginning of the movie though.
  • April 15, 2014
    A disgraced journalist and a young researcher who has been the victim of serial abuse throughout her life join forces to discover the fate of a girl who disappeared from a small Swedish town 40 years earlier. I was nowhere near as enamoured with the Swedish original as many other... read mores seemed to be, but this big budget American reinvention achieves something very rare; a Hollywood remake that is better than the original. Daniel Craig is a much more charismatic protagonist, Rooney Mara's Lisbeth seems like much less of a caricature and the supporting cast that includes Christopher Plummer and Stellan Skarsgard provides much more dramatic depth. But it is Fincher's dark, brooding visuals that give the necessary texture and the result is a film that feels more adult and less sensationalist than the Swedish version. Like The Departed and Insomnia before it, TGWTDT is proof that a Hollywood remake CAN work in the right hands if the bigger budget is spent on talent rather than superfluous special effects.
  • February 2, 2014
    I was utterly gripped by the drama. Excellent performances, great pace and overall adaptation.
  • November 22, 2013
    Ô~...Ô~...Ô~...┬ 1/2
  • July 31, 2013
    Solid performances!!! Great flick!
  • April 25, 2013
    There were a lot of concerns for this film before it came out, due to the fact it was a remake of an already critically acclaimed trilogy. However, it may not be as good, but its still a strong yet shocking remake. Once again, David Fincher's dark and gritty atmosphere methods ha... read moreve mixed successfully with this story. With regards to acting, the main focus is Rooney Mara; who's perfomance is extremely disturbing and powerful. It was a shame she didn't win the Oscar that she deserved. Aside from that, most people preferred the Swedish version over this, which is understandable, but this is worth a try.
  • October 19, 2012
    The Swedish ones are just a lot better. Yes, they have subtitles...but they're better.
  • September 15, 2012
    It may depend largely on where you live (more specifically, if you live in Scandinavia or not), but when the Millennium trilogy came out in theaters in 2009, it caused a major splash. With a very sombre and brutal style, it blended the mundane and the extreme in a very effective ... read moremanner. It was a fantastic example of what you can expect from Swedish film-making at its very best. Few need introduction, however, to who David Fincher is. Having made such dark and compelling masterpieces as Se7en and Social Network, few have reached his zenith of directing in the modern age of filming. So it at least intrigued me when David was recruited to direct the anglicized version of the Swedish legend. The best news of all, though, is that not only does David and his team stand up to the task with great vigilance, but actually makes a film that is independently brilliant, standing at least on par with the original film adaptation.

    The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo is the first of three episodes in an overarching story focusing on two central characters: Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), writer for the magazine Millennium, and Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), a rude, brash but brilliant computer hacker who not only affects Mikael's life greatly but has a past that is obviously bubbling under the narrative's surface. When Mikael is sued for libel by a very influential (and rich, of course) businessman, and fails to win the case, he loses much of his credibility as a journalist, outside of having to pay a fine and go to jail. So when he's offered a hefty sum of money to help retired CEO of Vanger Industries - Henrik Vanger - with a certain problem, he jumps at the offer. So what is the task he has been hired to do? To solve the supposed murder of Harriet, Henrik's niece, who suddenly disappeared many years ago and never returned. This plunges him into a net of lies and secrets, where the list of suspects ranges over an entire family, the very family he now lives in close proximity to.

    The plot is a very dense affair, and there's a lot happening at all times. As with the first one, its various complexities are translated to the screen with relative ease. In fact, it's not hard to be fully aware of what's happening at any given time, while no depth has been sacrificed in the process. Most of the thanks for that should go to Steven Zaillian, the film's screenwriter. Not only does he accurately represent the version of the tale we know already, but he puts in even more detail that seems to have been completely missing in the Swedish version. For instance, we barely even knew anything about Mikael's daughter before, but here she's not only revealed and fleshed out, but is also an important component of the story itself. The editing is also brilliant, which deftly separates the important from the pointless, making for a more compact and exciting experience.

    Fincher also takes note to put his own mark on the film as with any of his previous works. He's put a lot of work into making the movie true to its original source, seeing how it happens in Sweden and all the characters have Swedish names and Swedish accents. It comes off as bizarre at first but works surprisingly well as you go along. It's a stark contrast to what could have happened if less care had been put into the transfer from one culture to the next. So we get the cold yet charming environs of Sweden interspersed with Fincher's various visual cues and emphases. Lighting, setting and colors are all strikingly apparent, creating a mesmerizing atmosphere that sucks you in and sticks in your mind. This can work both as comforting and exceptionally disturbing (as any viewer will see when about a third is over), where orange and white both serve as warm and sickly in different circumstances.

    His fantastic work reflects in the great job of the cast. Daniel Craig does well as Mikael, portraying first and foremost a man that is no James Bond, no action hero that can brave gunshots and death threats. He is the first to eventually abandon any vestige of the Swedish influence, going back to just being his British self. However, in no way is he a bad choice here. Rooney Mara, however, is the shining star. Her portrayal of the menacing Lisbeth is simultaneously haunting and vulnerable, creating a character that is simply unforgettable. Her presence is all-encompassing and even though she is cold as ice almost all the way through, she retains a sort of humanity, something we can relate to. This opens up the chance to also feel sorry for her and all that she has had to go through. This is vital to not make the character too extreme and Rooney shoots and scores in one of the best character roles of 2011.

    The supporting cast does a stellar job as well, with highlights being Cristopher Plummer as Henrik Vanger, Stellan Skarsgňrd as Martin Vanger and Yorick van Wageningen as the inexplicably disturbing Bjurman. The music is also fantastic, created by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. It's more subdued than their previous work on Social Network but it works perfectly for the gritty atmosphere and cold climate.

    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is an example of how to put your own spin on a common story. The pacing is brilliant, the music is sublime, the acting outstanding (particularly Rooney Mara) and the overall narrative is translated brilliantly from what was already a superb yarn. There's not much else to be said, it's a must-see and among the year's very, very best.


    Ůegar Millennium ■rÝleikurinn (bygg­ur ß bˇkum eftir Stieg Larsson) kom ˙t Ý bݡ ßri­ 2009 ˙t um alla SkandinavÝu, voru nŠr allir talandi um hann ß einn e­a annan hßtt. Enda er ■a­ skiljanlegt, ■ar sem hi­ drungalega og harkalega andr˙msloft serÝunnar, Ý bland vi­ sterkar en raunsŠjar persˇnur, ger­i allar ■rjßr a­ stˇrkostlegri skemmtun. ŮvÝ ßtti David Fincher, leikstjˇri margra gŠ­amynda eins og Se7en og Social Network, grÝ­arlega erfitt verkefni fyrir h÷ndum me­ a­ heimgera fyrstu myndina, The Girl WIth The Dragoon Tattoo, me­ glŠnřju leikarali­i og grÝ­arlegum vŠntingum frß kvikmyndaßhorfendum. A­ minnsta kosti var Úg mj÷g spenntur Ý a­ sjß hva­ hann myndi gera me­ s÷guna og til allrar lukku slŠr hann enn og aftur Ý gegn. Myndin gefur fyrri ˙tgßfunni ekkert eftir og ef eitthva­ er nŠr h˙n a­ vera ■Úttari, tilfinningarÝkari og eftirminnilegri, sem er sjaldgŠft ■egar kemur a­ endurger­um almennt.

    Ůetta er, eins og ß­ur segir, fyrsti kaflinn Ý einum samfelldum ■rÝleik. A­alpersˇnurnar eru annars vegar Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), sem skrifar fyrir bla­ a­ nafni Millennium, og hins vegar Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), harkaleg, dˇnaleg en brß­snj÷ll "t÷lvuhakkari" me­ dularfulla fortÝ­. Mikael er Ý kr÷ggum, ■ar sem hann hefur veri­ kŠr­ur fyrir Šrumei­ingar af grÝ­arlega ßhrifamiklum i­nj÷fri. Tapar hann ■vÝ mßli og er lßtinn d˙sa Ý fangelsi Ý 3 mßnu­i ßsamt ■vÝ a­ ■urfa a­ lßta af hendi dßgˇ­a f˙lgu fjßr fyrir hans meintu lygar. Me­ feril sem er vi­ ■a­ a­ enda fer hann ß fund me­ Henrik Vanger, fyrrverandi framkvŠmdarstjˇra Vanger Industries. Ůa­ kemur Ý ljˇs a­ Henrik hefur stŠr­arinnar verkefni fyrir Mikael: fyrir nokkrum ßratugum hvarf litla frŠnka hans, Harriet, algj÷rlega sporlaust. Hans verkefni er a­ nota bla­amannahŠfileika sÝna til ■ess a­ finna ˙t hva­ ger­ist vi­ hana, og ■ar sem Mikael hefur lÝti­ anna­ a­ gera (og fŠr vel launa­ fyrir ■etta torrŠ­a starf) sam■ykkir hann bo­i­, og hefst handa vi­ rannsˇkn ß mßli sem er miklu flˇknara og hŠttulegra en honum gat ˇra­ fyrir.

    Handritsh÷fundi myndarinnar, Steven Zaillian, tekst mj÷g vel upp me­ a­ halda framvindunni ■Úttri ßn ■ess a­ fˇrna til ■ess skiljanleika e­a einlŠgni. Saga Larsson er Ý raun ÷ll um einlŠgni, ■a­ er lÝti­ veri­ a­ b˙a til sřndarheim ■ar sem ■a­ er ein dŠmiger­ hetja a­ "bjarga" einu fˇrnarlambi, heldur er ■a­ samvinna tveggja nŠstum gagnstŠ­ra pˇla sem reynist sterkara en nokku­ einstaklingsverk. Zaillian nŠr fullkomlega a­ mi­la ■essum ßherslum fram ß svi­i­ og nŠr ■vÝ ef eitthva­ er betra en s˙ sŠnska. Til dŠmis fengum vi­ lÝti­ a­ vita um dˇttur Mikael ß­ur fyrr, en hÚr birtist h˙n ekki a­eins fullmˇtu­ persˇna heldur lÝka sem ˇmissandi hluti af s÷guheildinni. Einnig er klippingin frßbŠr, ■a­ er ekkert skili­ eftir sem ■jˇnar engum tilgangi sem gerir atbur­arßsina enn■ß meira spennandi.

    Svo mß ekki gleyma hlutverk Fincher, en hann setur eins og alltaf sitt einkunnarmerki ß myndina. Miki­ hefur veri­ lagt upp ˙r a­ gera myndina tr˙ s÷gu Larsson. Myndin gerist Ý SvÝ■jˇ­, persˇnurnar heita sŠnskum n÷fnum og ■au tala ÷ll me­ sŠnskum hreim. Ůa­ getur teki­ smß tÝma a­ venjast ■essu en ■egar lÝ­ur ß myndina fer ■etta a­ reynast betri kostur. ═ sta­inn fyrir a­ reyna a­ breyta s÷gunni ˇ■arflega til a­ heimfŠra hana yfir til BandarÝkjanna notar hann menningarlegu einkenni SvÝa til a­ sveipa myndinni ßkve­num blŠ. Lřsingin og litirnir ljß umhverfinu ■a­ lÝka, ■ar sem til dŠmis appelsÝnugulur virkar sem bŠ­i huggandi og vi­bjˇ­slegur Ý mismunandi a­stŠ­um, sama me­ hinn sterÝla hvÝtan. Ůetta er bara eitt anna­ dŠmi um hversu snilldarlega Fincher getur ofi­ saman mismunandi sjˇnarspilum Ý eitt, sameina­ verk.

    Leikarali­i­ endurspeglar einnig hŠfileika hans David Ý leikstjˇrastˇlnum. Daniel Craig virkar vel sem Mikael, einkum sem persˇna sem er langt frß ■vÝ a­ vera James Bond, bara hef­bundinn bla­ama­ur sem er algj÷rlega ˇvanur ■vÝ a­ vera Ý nokkurskonar lÝfshŠttu. Hann er reyndar sß fyrsti til a­ hŠtta algj÷rlega me­ sŠnska hreiminn, farandi aftur Ý sinn flotta (en mˇtsagnakennda hÚr) breska hreim. Hann gerir sitt besta hins vegar og er langt frß ■vÝ a­ vera vont val. Rooney Mara er hins vegar ßn nokkurs vafa stjarna myndarinnar. T˙lkun hennar ß Lisbeth Salander er samstundis ßhrifarÝk og berskj÷ldu­, og nŠr h˙n a­ byggja upp persˇnu sem er algj÷rlega ˇgleymanleg. Ůa­ sem er mikilvŠgt me­ Lisbeth er a­ ■rßtt fyrir har­neskjulega ˙tlit hennar er h˙n mannleg, manneskja sem hefur tilfinningar og dj˙prŠtar ßstŠ­ur fyrir a­ vera eins og h˙n er. Ůa­ gerir hana ß sama tÝma skiljanlega og ma­ur finnur til me­ henni Ý erfi­leikum hennar. Ůa­ gerir ■a­ a­ verkum a­ persˇnan er ekki ÷fgakennd heldur raunveruleg. Rooney Mara eignar sÚr nŠstum hlutverki­ og h˙n er einfaldlega ˇgleymanleg hÚr.

    A­sto­arleikararnir standa sig einnig mj÷g vel, sÚrstaklega Christopher Plummer sem Henrik Vanger, Stellan Skarsgňrd sem Martin Vanger og Yorick van Wageningen sem hin ˇlřsanlega ˇge­slegi Bjurman. Trent Reznor og Atticus Ross koma lÝka aftur til a­ semja tˇnlist fyrir Fincher og gera ■a­ ˇa­finnanlega. Ůa­ er a­eins minna ßberandi en virkar samt fullkomlega fyrir hi­ hrjˇstruga andr˙msloft myndarinnar.

    Ef ■˙ vilt sjß dŠmi um hvernig skal setja nřjan svip ß ■aulreynda s÷gu, ■ß er The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo tilvalin mynd. Sagan og tˇnlistin vinna vel saman me­an leikurinn er hreint afbrag­ (og ■ß sÚrstaklega Rooney Mara). LÝti­ anna­ ■arf a­ segja, myndin virkar ß alla bˇga og er hreint meistaraverk; sannarlega me­ bestu myndum 2011.
  • August 13, 2012
    David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo takes its time to unravel a puzzle.

    The story for this crime thriller plays out in a fashion that any film in this genre deserves. Granted, the plot does run for 2 and a half hours thanks to a lot of buildup in the film's

    ... read morefirst act, but it doesn't feel like a lot of wasted material. In regards to the pacing, it does get slow at times; however it works well given the details of the plot.

    Another fitting element of this film's story, is the the dark and mature theme, which plays heavily on the Lisbeth Salander character.

    Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara put up solid performances. Considering they are the focus of the film, this is a good thing. Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Plummer, and Robin Wright round out a few of the other supporting cast members.

    As a film of its genre, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo fits right in as a recommendable picture.

  • August 12, 2012
    Its gentle but intriguing story and excellent acting from both Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig make David Fincher's 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' an impressive adaptation.

    The film, tells the story of journalist Daniel Craig who is hired by Christopher Plummer in a small, but well ... read moreplayed role, to find out what happened to his niece Harriet when she disappeared aged sixteen forty years ago. Aided by Rooney Mara they research and research to try and find the answer to the unsolved case. It's a simple set up and plot, but the devil is in the details, and the story grows at a steady pace to an interesting climax.

    Using the bestselling millennium series by Stieg Larsson, already turned into a Swedish film, Fincher brings together excellent performances from his two main cast members-Craig and Mara, who underplay their roles at all the right moments, creating a suspenseful and ever growing tense atmosphere.

    The film is also blessed by some wonderful moments of cinematography, capturing the vast, snowy landscapes of Sweden, along with other close up moments such as a wonderful Lisbeth Salander riding on her motorbike.

    It is these moments which stick out and lift the film above its downfalls, of which there are quite a few. The film sometimes immerses itself so far into the calm and gentle pace it is flowing at, that it dawdles, occasionally on moments of pure gut wrenching brutality. These moments, although necessary for the story, are not necessary in their full display, where Fincher does not shy from.

    But the story and mystery itself, as well as the development of each of the character's arcs in a basic, but none the less interesting fashion, placed together with some real moments of excellence, gives this remake a for once good name and a most worthy adaptation of the book.

Critic Reviews

Joe Morgenstern
December 22, 2011
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

It's certainly worth seeing if you missed the original. If you saw it, however, there's no way of unseeing it, and nothing in the new one to top it. Full Review

Peter Travers
December 22, 2011
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Fincher's Dragon Tattoo is a faithful adaptation that brings the dazzle but shortchanges on the daring... It's gloriously rendered but too impersonal to leave a mark. Full Review

Eric D. Snider
December 21, 2011
Eric D. Snider,

What he has delivered is adequate, but it doesn't have any flavor - and of all the things Fincher is, "bland" is not usually one of them. Full Review

Ben Sachs
December 21, 2011
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

David Fincher's adaptation of the international best-seller is a triumph of craftsmanship over material. Full Review

J. Hoberman
December 20, 2011
J. Hoberman, Village Voice

An altogether leaner, meaner, more high-powered, stylish, and deftly directed affair, though similarly hampered by a too-long narrative fuse. Full Review

Dana Stevens
December 20, 2011
Dana Stevens, Slate

Even Fincher's elegantly gruesome style can't turn this Swedish noir into the meditation on evil and corruption that it fancies itself to be. Full Review

Alonso Duralde
December 20, 2011
Alonso Duralde, TheWrap

Provides all the jolts and forward motion that any good airport novel gives you, but it's the film equivalent of the book that kept you awake from Chicago to Baltimore, only you don't feel bad about l... Full Review

Mark Rabinowitz
December 20, 2011
Mark Rabinowitz,

When it comes down to it, this is Rooney Mara's movie, and I don't care if the second and third stories are any good as long as they are full of Lisbeth Salander. Full Review

James Berardinelli
December 20, 2011
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

This is what a movie adaptation should be: a film whose base narrative has its roots in the source material but whose soul can be identified through the images that unfold on screen. Full Review

Wesley Morris
December 20, 2011
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

I don't think I've seen an actor do more with deadpan expressions than Mara does in this movie. Her face doesn't move but, whether she's tasing a man or standing in front of a mirror watching a cigare... Full Review

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    • Martin Vanger: You know what's harder than shooting someone? Just missing him. That was a very good shot up at the cabin.
    • Mikael Blomkvist: it didn't work. I'm here.
    • Martin Vanger: Mikael, it did work. You're here.
    • Lisbeth Salander: Something wrong with the report?
    • Dirch Frode: No, no. It was quite thorough. I'm more interested in what's not in it.
    • Lisbeth Salander: There's nothing 'not in it'.
    • Dirch Frode: Your opinion of him isn't .
    • Lisbeth Salander: He's clean in my opinion.
    • Dirch Frode: You mean, he's hygienic?
    • Lisbeth Salander: He has had a long standing sexual relationship with his co-editor of the magazine. It destroyed his marriage but not hers. He sometimes performs cunnilingus.... Not often enough, in my opinion.
    • Dirch Frode: No you were right to leave that out.
    • Lisbeth Salander: I know.
    • Mikael Blomkvist: 'There's one more possibility...'
    • Lisbeth Salander: Just a second please... okay, what were you saying?
    • Lisbeth Salander: I like working with you.
    • Mikael Blomkvist: I like working with you too.
    • Lisbeth Salander: Everybody has secrets, the trick is just finding out what they are.

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