This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), as he investigates the disappearance of a wealthy patriarch’s niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, punk computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). As they work together in the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined.
I know I’m going to be in the lower percentile here, but The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo bored me to death. The story itself was strong and well-written, I just couldn’t get past these bleak, disconnected characters. Craig delivers a self-absorbed performance which surprised me. Clocking in at 2:40, this film didn’t mind focusing on any character, no matter how insignificant.
I’m not sure what I expected with this film, but I didn’t get any of the entertainment I was looking for. The film does dish up not one, but two anal rapes if you want to be shocked. The film was surely sexual, but never feels exploitative. Overall, I was annoyed with the fact that everyone in Sweden speaks English. I just couldn’t connect with these characters no matter how hard I tried. It’s just so impersonal on every level.
Pass on this one.