The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Review – David Fincher's Fast Action Suspense Thriller

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, from Columbia Pictures and Director David Fincher, pits good against evil in this fast action suspense thriller.

Daniel Craig and Ronney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, produced by MGM and Scott Rudin Productions and distributed by SONY Pictures Entertainment, is adapted from the international best selling trilogy by the late Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a parallel of two lives that intersect for a few moments in order to find a missing and presumed dead member of a wealthy European manufacturing family. Behind every door, every photo, every member, lies a mystery with deeper sociopathic implications than the one before.

Director David Fincher

The film opens with investigative magazine journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, played by Daniel Craig, facing a bank of reporters after the courts find him guilty of libeling a well connected CEO. Craig captures the essence of the investigative journalist, relying on fact, instinct and odds of occurrence to lead him, and brings to the part vulnerability, which is a clear break from his 007 duties.  As a disgraced journalist, without real credibility and no finances, he is left to the whim of the wind, and freelance gigs for next paycheck.

Director David Fincher, Christopher Plummer and Robin Wright at The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo after party in NYC

The sequence of events leads him to a remote part of Sweden where a secret, with a seemingly foregone conclusion, has continued over four decades. It’s here that Director David Fincher’s use of parallels is seen most clearly to capture existing circumstances mirroring the circumstances of the characters.

Daniel Craig with connectivity issues in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Ronney Mara nails, spot on, her performance as Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker with investigative skills that border on illegal, who lives with aggravated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder seen in so many suffering from victimization and sexual assault.

In one scene as she chases and fights a would be attacker to recover her single most important possession, her computer, with uncontrollable rage of PTSD, she morphs from a petite, head banging tattooed target, and visibly no match for the man, into the terrorizing alien opposite Sigourney Weaver in the film of the same name, as she pins her attacker on the subway escalator and regains her now broken computer.

Daniel Craig and Ronney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

This sequence of events leads to female revenge as she is first forced to perform sexual favors as her finances are guarded by a state employee with deviant sexual predilections. She is essentially told, “if you want that, you’ll do that.” In order to regain her link to the outside world she complies and walks out with the money for the property.

Ronney Mara and Yorick van Wageningen in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo also stars Christopher Plummer, Joely Richardson and Robin Wright. Steven Berkoff who is best known, or at least clearly remembered to American audiences, as Victor Maitland, the suave, corrupt art gallery owner in BEVERLY HILLS COP portrays the lifelong employee FrodeYorick van Wageningen, new to the American screen, will be eternally remembered for his role as the sexually deviant state employee, Bjurman, placed in charge of the Salander case. 

Daniel Craig and Ronney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vividly portrays Swedish sexual liberality and travels the techno-punk underworld and includes scenes of ecstasy fueled lesbian encounters, nudity, sexual reference, sexual deviance, extreme sexual violence, graphic torture and deserved retribution.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is playing everywhere. Check your local listings for times.

Thanks to SONY Pictures Entertainment Publicity for the advance screening.

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