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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The December, 2011 English-language thriller film directed by David Fincher, written by Steven Zaillian from the Swedish novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The film starts at the trial of Mikael Blomkvist, a co-owner of and journalist for a big magazine called 'Millennium'. The case against him is a bogus libel suit brought by a powerful, corrupt Swedish businessman, Hans-Erik Wennerstrom.

Co-incidentally, another rich Swede, Henrik Vanger is also interested in Blomkvist, but he wants him to help him to find his long-lost niece, Harriet who had disappeared forty years ago at the age of 16.

In order to find out whether Blomkvist is up to the job, he had hired Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker to check up on him.

Lisbeth is a strange girl who is under state legal guardianship, because she had been sectioned. She is appointed a new guardian but he rapes her and steals her money. She Tasers and blackmails him in revenge. This helps set her character

In exchange for his help, Vanger offers Blomkvist damning evidence against Wennerstrom. Blomkvist does not have much time to get himself acquitted on appeal, before his magazine has to pay large damages and Blomkvist has to go to prison. Blomkvist and Salander start working together, albeit uneasily at first, to solve the films two main problems.

Later in the movie's 158 minute length, the pair goes on to solve dozens of previously unsolved murders going back to the Second World War. The plot is never slow even for such a long film. it comes well-recommended.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an excellent work, set in motion by Steven Zaillian's superb script and put together to perfection by David Fincher.

The film stars Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander and recounts the story of three people's task to find out what has happened to a young girl who had been missing for forty years, and who could well have been murdered. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including one for Rooney Mara for Best Actress. It actually won one Oscar for Best Film Editing.

Mara has achieved high acclaim for her performance, with Entertainment Weekly calling her a "revelation" going on to say that "Mara acts with a quiet power - a rage chilled into silence - that is almost ghostly".

Daniel Craig has also received praise for his performance as Mikael Blomkvist. He was described by David Germain of the Associated Press "as an anchor of cool rationality and judiciousness."

Rent 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' hereGermain gave the film a 3.5/4 rating. Scott Tobias of The A.V. Club gave the film a "B+" rating, praising the chemistry between Mara and Craig.

The soundtrack was created by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who had previously worked with David Fincher for the soundtrack of The Social Network. Reznor and Ross' band How to Destroy Angels also contribute two songs to the soundtrack: a cover of Led Zeppelin's "The Immigrant Song", which plays during the title sequence and one of Bryan Ferry's "Is Your Love Strong Enough", which plays during the final credits.

The film was released on December 20, 2011 in North America. The London premiere was on December 12, 2011, and the film was released on Boxing Day in the United Kingdom. It was released on DVD on March 20th 2012.

by +Owen Jones