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Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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Director: David Fincher

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer


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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


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.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A literary phenomenon that has swept the globe, Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo arrives on the big screen courtesy of director David Fincher and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian. The result is a sturdily scripted, assuredly directed thriller that gradually lures us into a labyrinthine mystery involving a discredited journalist, a cryptic computer hacker, and a wealthy family harboring some particularly dark secrets. Notably absent outside of the visually striking (yet somewhat inexplicable) black-drenched credit sequence set to Trent Reznor and Karen O's pulsing version of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song,"" however, is the dynamic and innovative visual style that has defined much of Fincher's finest work. Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) has just lost a highly publicized court battle against powerful entrepreneur Wennerström (Ulf Friberg) when he is summoned to the remote island estate of aging businessman Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer), who makes him a most-unusual proposition. Forty years ago, Henrik's beloved great-niece Harriet vanished without a trace. Henrik is convinced that someone in his family -- where greed and Nazism run rampant -- has gotten away with murder, and despite the firestorm of controversy over Blomkvist's credibility, he's certain that the seasoned reporter can root out the killer. Meanwhile, as Blomkvist submerses himself in a mystery decades in the making, misfit computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) finds her violent past returning with a vengeance thanks to her twisted new parole officer (Yorick van Wageningen). Before long, Blomkvist and Salander are working together as a team to investigate the Vanger family, who all live on the same island yet display an indifference to one another that often spills over into outright animosity. But with each new clue that Blomkvist and Salander uncover, the more apparent it becomes that Harriet's disappearance may in fact lead them directly into an even darker mystery. In Seven and Zodiac, Fincher used masterful pacing, atmospheric cinematography, and acute attention to detail to seduce us into grim worlds of murder and obsession. Those familiar themes are still very much propelling factors in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, though this time Fincher comes off as much more restrained than usual. It's unclear whether that's a result of his not being as emotionally invested in the material or simply recognizing the need to get out of the way of a good story, but by reteaming with cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth (Fight Club, The Social Network), Fincher still gives The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo an exquisitely chilly visual scheme that provides a palpable sense of atmosphere while holding the audience at arm's length. It's a good match for a such a pulpy mystery, though a little of the director's trademark inventiveness could have gone a long way in not only distinguishing Fincher's take on the story from the previously filmed Swedish-language version, but also in helping to connect the dots of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's somewhat contrived storyline. An astonishing blend of dark allure and damaged brilliance, Mara is compulsively watchable as Lisbeth Salander, while Craig effectively embodies quiet integrity as the humiliated reporter fleeing the limelight while sharpening his investigatory skills. Compelling as both characters are, however, Fincher's cool direction stunts any attempts to form an emotional connection with them, even when Mikael and his daughter have a gentle conversation about faith, or the scene in which Lisbeth bares her soul to her investigative partner by confessing how she got caught up in the legal system in the first place. And while a scene of shocking violence between Lisbeth and her sadistic parole officer may be off-putting to some, its contextual relevance is all but undeniable once we've learned her darkest secret. Given the lurid nature of Stieg Larsson's story, it's easy to see why Fincher would be compelled to adapt it for the big screen. But it's impossible not to feel like we've been down this road numerous times with the director before. In The Social Network, it felt as if Fincher were truly growing as a filmmaker both thematically and stylistically. Despite being a solid mystery assuredly told, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo feels like something of a regression -- one that's largely absent of the factors that established him as one of his generation's most innovative filmmakers.

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Audio commentary with director David Fincher

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Craig Mikael Blomkvist
Rooney Mara Lisbeth Salander
Christopher Plummer Henrik Vanger
Stellan Skarsgård Martin Vanger
Steven Berkoff Frode
Robin Wright Erika Berger
Yorick Van Wageningen Bjurman
Joely Richardson Anita Vanger
Geraldine James Cecilia
Goran Visnjic Armansky
Donald Sumpter Detective Morell
Ulf Friberg Wennerström
Bengt Carlsson Palmgren
Tony Way Plague
Per Myrberg Harald
Josefin Asplund Pernilla
Eva Fritjofson Anna
Moa Garpendal Harriet
Maia Hansson Bergqvist Young Anna
Sarah Appelberg Young Cecilia
Julian Sands Young Henrik
Anna Bjork Young Isabella
Gustaf Hammarsten Young Harald
Simon Reithner Young Martin
David Dencik Young Morell
Marcus Johansson Young Nilsson
Mathilda Von Essen Young Anita
Mathias Palmer Young Birger
Martin Jarvis Birger
Inga Landgre Isabella
Reza Debahn Hussein
Anders Berg Young Frode
Mats Andersson Nilsson
Anders Jansson Doctor
Jurgen Klein Gottfried
Karl Josephson Tech at MacJesus
Sandra Andreis Photo Editor
Arly Jover Liv
Pierre Sjö Östergren Tattoo Artist
Tess Panzer TV Newscaster
Alastair Duncan Greger
Alan Dale Detective Isaksson
Julia Rose Nurse
Peter Carlberg Hardware Clerk
Jan Abramson Forsman
Lena Stromdahl Mildred
Matt Wolf Tech Clerk
Leo Bill Trinity
Anne-Li Norberg Lindgren
Marco Albrecht Junkie
Martina Lotun Reporter at Vanger
Anna Carlson FSA Official
Yvonne Ästrand FSA Reporter
Fredrik Dolk Wennerström's Lawyer
Christian Heller Banker
Werner Biermeier Banker
Christine Adams Barbados TV Reporter
Peter Hottinger Zurich TV Reporter
Joyce Giraud Spain TV Reporter
Bengt Wallgren Tailor
Elodie Yung Miriam Wu
Anna Charlotta Gunnarson Reporter
Andreas Björklund Reporter
Embeth Davidtz Annika Blomkvist
Joel Kinnaman Christer Malm
Karen E. Wright Magda Lovison
Leah Almada Harshaw Book of Death Victim
George Gerdes Udevalla Detective

Technical Credits
David Fincher Director
Kirk Baxter Editor
Donald Graham Burt Production Designer
Eli Bush Co-producer
Charlie Campbell Art Director
Lorrie Campbell Set Decoration/Design
Ceán Chaffin Producer
Jeff Cronenweth Cinematographer
Jim Davidson Associate Producer
Adam Davis Art Director
Anni Faurbye Fernandez Executive Producer
Tetsuo "Tex" Kadonaga Set Decoration/Design
Ren Klyce Sound/Sound Designer
Berna Levin Co-producer
Laray Mayfield Casting
Donald J. Mowat Makeup
Bo Persson Sound Mixer
Anshuman Prasad Set Decoration/Design
Tom Reta Art Director
Trent Reznor Score Composer
Atticus Ross Score Composer
Scott Rudin Producer
Theodore H. Sharps Set Decoration/Design
Ole Sondberg Producer
Soren Staermose Producer
Trish Summerville Costumes/Costume Designer
Sally Thornton Set Decoration/Design
Bob Wagner Asst. Director
Angus Wall Editor
Mikael Wallen Executive Producer
Randall D. Wilkins Set Decoration/Design
Jane Wuu Set Decoration/Design
Steven Zaillian Executive Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
1. Chapter 1 [9:53]
2. Chapter 2 [12:11]
3. Chapter 3 [6:18]
4. Chapter 4 [9:44]
5. Chapter 5 [9:49]
6. Chapter 6 [7:06]
7. Chapter 7 [5:58]
8. Chapter 8 [8:15]
9. Chapter 9 [6:50]
10. Chapter 10 [7:14]
11. Chapter 11 [4:52]
12. Chapter 12 [4:29]
13. Chapter 13 [8:44]
14. Chapter 14 [17:18]
15. Chapter 15 [15:47]
16. Chapter 16 [8:32]


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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
theeditorCR More than 1 year ago
This movie was SO much better than the book. I guess you can say the film trimmed all of the unnecessary fat from the book and created its own noirish world. Rooney Mara's performance is superb; she is the prefect Lisbeth Salander. Her combination of sassy, sexy, and smart made her irresistible, and, yes, better than Noomi Rapace! Also, being a big fan of David Fincher, I found his direction to be brilliant; his choice of camera angles and swift edits made the film exciting, provocative, and definitely one of the best films of the year. This is one of the best film adaptations, a true testimony to the rarity of a film surpassing its source in almost every respect. WATCH IT!
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silverfox67 More than 1 year ago
Having read all three of the Steig Larsson books and enjoying them all, I found this movie to be disappointing due to the performance by Daniel Craig and other issues. He is about as convincing and compelling as watching paint dry. Rooney Mara, on the other hand, was very good in a difficult and demanding role. The rest of the cast, except for Christopher Plummer, was ok but a bit "cardboard." The story seemed to be confusing if you hadn't read the book. Yet it moved at a good pace and kept you wondering who "killed" Harriet. A bit too many darkly lit scenes and mumbled dialogue made it difficult to follow at times. Overall, worth watching but not nearly as interesting and intriguing as the book. Movies of popular books rarely live up to your expectations and this fits right into that feeling.
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