Apr 162012
 

Director: David Fincher

Rating: R

Running Time: 158 minutes

Release Date:12/21/2011

GenreThriller

CastMikael Blomkvist(Daniel Craig), Lisbeth Salander(Rooney Mara), Henrik Vanger(Christopher Plummer), Martin Vanger(Stellan Skarsgård), Dirch Frode(Steven Berkoff), Erika Berger(Robin Wright), Nils Bjurman(Yorick van Wageningen), Anita Vanger(Joely Richardson), Cecilia Vanger(Geraldine James), Dragan Armansky(Goran Visnjic)

SynopsisThis American adaptation of a Steig Larrson novel follows Swedish journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) as he attempts to solve a 40-year-old case about a missing girl. He enlists the help of the enigmatic genius Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) and together they uncover secrets that have long been hidden. At the same time, Lisbeth must work alone to seek revenge against a man who brutally hurt her.

Analysis: This film is nearly faithful to the book, and is generally very good, but I think that it leaves out some interesting tidbits like Mikael’s prison sentence and changes other things around like where Harriet’s body is hidden.

Pro:

  • Music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  • Great transitions between people’s recollections and the reading of documents and the flashbacks they inspire.
  • Seeing the rape scene is more disturbing that reading it.
  • Stellan Skarsgård.

Con:

  • Millennium offices fancier than I imagined.
  • There is a scene where Blomkvist is using a highlighter to highlight every line of a document. It doesn’t very seem effective.
  • Bugged by consolidated ending.

Conclusion: After reading the novel, I worried that the story would be ruined by a bigger Hollywood budget. This is not the case for this entertaining film. If you are in the mood for a thriller with some darker elements and great revenge scenes check it out and while you’re at it, think about reading the novel and its sequels!

Score:4/5

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