The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Posted in Reviews by - July 12, 2012
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo purports to be a stylish murder mystery but the movie’s shaky at best plot leaves you in no doubt that the real attraction to this tale is the compelling character study presented of Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara).

Salander is a young, iron willed sexually aggressive computer hacking savant, whose clad from head to toe in leather, and communicates mainly with dirty looks from behind heavily eye-lined intense staring eyes. Throughout the first hour of the movie we learn more about this fearless yet damaged 23 year-old by witnessing a tremendous level of perversion in which she is raped and violently sodomized before enacting her anal revenge on the miscreant using a steel dildo. Not long after she is seen to be indulging in a casual lesbian affair before journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) appears on the scene and offers her a research job.

Blomkvist has already been hired by Swedish magnate Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) to investigate the disappearance of his grandniece and is in need of Lisbeth’s skills to help solve the mystery of this decades old riddle.  Much of the movie then takes place on a remote Swedish island where only the dysfunctional Vanger dynasty live, consisting mostly  of corrupt businessmen, perverts or Nazis. At this point, the pace of the movie picks-up and sexual tension crackles between the two protagonists while they spend their time studying photos on their laptops and following a series of improbable clues.

The diminutive shortlist of possible suspects and glaring clues means that the murder mystery part of the story was less than compelling and ends rather unsatisfyingly. Whereas most films ultimately provide some relief by ending, just as you are expecting the credits to start rolling, there then follows an extra outrageous ending appendaged on of which the less said the better.

Overall, though, this movie may not have been a masterpiece but it was atmospheric, well-acted and above all included a fascinating central character who fitted well into the dark, bitter misogynistic world created by Stieg Larsson.


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This post was written by James
Hi, My name is James Atticus and I have had a keen passion for movies ever since being blown away while watching 'A Trip to the Moon' back in 1902. Hardly surprisingly, I am a big sci-fi and horror fan, although my love of film extends throughout all the genres. One of my favourite quotes about cinema was told to me by Alfred Hitchcock, who said: "For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake." To which I replied, "Don't mind if I do!"


  • joyce

    The Swedish version was far superior than this snooze fest…what a waste of time and money :(

  • Scrimshaw

    This movie was not only a bridge too far, but also a bridge too soon. Loved the review lol

  • varia

    This movie was a real drag with only Salader keeping me watching…couldn’t agree with your review more

  • Mendes

    Yay…I found this a pale imitation of the Swedish version, too.

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