The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)By alexandra_badea
After "The Social Network" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", David Fincher returns to what made him famous and appreciated: dark thrillers, usually with serial killers.
Adapted from the novel of the same name of Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson, although two years ago another screening was done in Swedish, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a cop thriller with pretensions of deep psychological insights.
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist(Daniel Craig) has just lost its credibility because of an article from which he was charged and found guilty of libel. However, he is hired by Henrik Vanger(Christopher Plummer), the oldest of the family Vagner, who founded the industrial and economic development of Sweden, to investigate a murder that took place 40 years ago. To solve the case, even Mikael calls the person that he secretly investigated for collaboration with Vagner, a rebellious young crested and pierced face, but a very skilled hacker Lisbeth Salander(Rooney Mara).
Together the two are not just for the delight of spectators’ eager to see sex nudity on screen, but they discover that behind the crime is a serial killer linked to family Vagner.
As a suspense film works pretty well, not boreing and the story manages to make you always expect new clues that can solve the case. The problem is that there is something about the human nature or of society, about the times in which we live. No, not this movie makes no revelation. References to Nazism, feminism, religion and physical abuse are meaningless, free and treated very superficially. It’s not even a movie with sex and violence, and because those scenes are few and fade. The best example that sex scenes are introduced in the film to sell it is the way it was dealt with the rape of Lisbeth. Instead of being intrigued and shocked by the horrific act, as are the rape scene in Gaspar Noe’s Irreversible, here is like watching a bondage scene in which attention is on Rooney Mara’s beautiful body, not the terrible act that takes place. Actor performances are decent story going on, but give some special routes or psychological states.
Rooney Mara is fearless in the lead role, but, while the supporting performances are strong for the most part, again, key aspects don’t quite click. Craig, with facial hair, generously allows Mara to take centre stage, but as a result his Blomkvist character lacks the gut and nerve that made Michael Nyqvist’s performance in the original version so compelling. Christopher Plummer plays the "surprise villain" part so unsubtly, but still is a great actor.
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is a success on its own terms, but every aspect of it is overshadowed by another of Fincher’s films. Its doomy soundtrack, by Reznor and Atticus Ross, is a lesser retread of their work on The Social Network; its noir tension and graphic torture were more effectively done in Seven; its critique of society’s moral numbness felt more dangerous in Fight Club. The public will be delighted, nevertheless, because it’s a wonderful, exciting story.
Runtime : 158min.
Genres : Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
IMDB rating : 8.1(2-27-2012)
Motion Picture Rating(MPAA) : Rated R for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language.
Release date : 20 December 2011(USA)
Special credit : www.imdb.com.