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 liked this movie, but I have to say that I liked the original, Swedish (2009) version better. The original was filmed with Swedish actors and actresses, speaking Swedish, so the lip movement didn't match the English audio, but I soon got over that. I thought the original's Michael Nyqvist (as the intelligent, brooding investigative magazine writer) and Naomi Rapace (as the edgy, brilliant, tragic young woman with mad computer and investigative skills) were better for their roles than Craig and Mara. The original also did a better job of sticking to the story as presented in the book. All that said, I still enjoyed this version. It was a little bit slicker of a production. Craig isn't totally believable as Mikael Blomqvist, but Rooney Mara did a pretty good job as Lisbeth Salander. Actually, I think she did a very good job, but Naomi Rapace's utterly fantastic performance is a tough act to follow. If you only want to watch one or the other, choose the original.
A very confusing movie. I just didn't "get" a lot of it. Part of the confusion was the way the story was presented but it was exacerbated with actors and actresses seeming to mumble at times and combining that with the European accents, I often just couldn't understand what they were saying. The story was intriguing, but I was glad it was only a rental. I needed to go back over scenes in several places to try to follow what they said and figure out what was happening which I couldn't have done in the movies. Also, watch out, there are some pretty violent and disturbing scenes.
Wow where do I start?? This movie started really slow, border line..... boring. But as time went on the better it got, Ms. Mara sure did a number on the case worker, I need to remind myself to stay on her good side. I don't think they could have cast a better person for this character, breath taking performance.
Total bore fest. The book was 100 times better then the movie.
Scenes were disjointed and did not make much sense in the order they were in. Just made for a choppy confusing movie.
I had to stop watching 45 minutes into the movie, could not finish it.
Don't waste your time on this one.
Although slow and plodding in some parts, I really like this movie. I like the tone, I like the violence, and I like the characters. I also read the book which really helped keep track of who's who. And multiple scenes of nudity are always a plus.
At first I was a little confused. Like the book, to much to registrar. I had to really pay attention to understand this movie. I had to ask "What" a couple of times. I really didn't like it and I hated the ending. I won't watch again, like some movies I like I watch them over..