A discredited journalist (Daniel Craig) and a mysterious computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder in this David Fincher-directed remake of the 2009 Swedish thriller of the same name. Inspired by late author Stieg Larsson's successful trilogy of books, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets under way as the two leads (Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara) are briefed in the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, whose uncle suspects she may have been killed by a member of their own family. The deeper they dig for the truth, however, the greater the risk of being buried alive by members of the family, who will go to great lengths to keep their secrets tightly sealed. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
I had to watch this movie twice to make sure I understood everything I saw. But it was definitely a thinking-mans movie so be ready for that. I highly recommend this movie for anyone looking for something different that the usual Hollywood pablum. I must also say this is another effort by Daniel Craig proving why he is rapidly becoming my fave male actor of choice when I select movies to rent.
This was a good movie, but in order to really understand it, you need to read the book first as there are so many things going on that the movie does not explain, such as Lisbeth's agoraphobic friend who supplies her with a lot of her special tech gear or her relationship with her guardian who stroked out. Or where Harriet was found. To do the movie properly, it would have to be twice as long... at least. I thought the acting was great and everybody played their parts extremely well, if only they wouldn't mumble their lines!
Even with the subtitles on the original Swedish version, that was easier to follow than this re-make. This was disjointed and hard to follow. And, they changed some of the script, for reasons unknown. I love Daniel Craig, but skip this and watch the original, which was excellent.
A bit confusing in the beginning and was unable to really make a connection with how the characters would connect, but was explained later on. The movie was quite long - or at least it seemed. It had some good moments, but overall I would say this movie was just OK. Seemed to take too long to get the ball the rolling, and I was expecting much more action - like Ultraviolet or something along those lines, but there was more suspense than action. I would recommend this movie be seen on a channel like HBO or Showtime, rather than paying individually for it.