David Fincher’s Hollywood version of Stieg Larsson’s bestselling crime thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is dark and twisted, bleak and brutal: everything the book’s fans would want. And it’s not just the story’s mood that he gets right. The casting is spot on, too. Simultaneously vulnerable waif and ferocious avenger, Rooney Mara nails punk-Goth computer hacker Lisbeth Salander’s spiky complexity. And co-star Daniel Craig, as crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, proves a worthy foil, with enough brooding masculine charisma to make up for the fact that he alone among the cast doesn’t attempt a Swedish accent. As compelling as they are on their own the film truly takes off when the pair come together to investigate the 40-year-old disappearance of a teenage girl from an island owned by a wealthy, seriously warped Swedish family. And as they begin unravelling this tangled mystery, the film becomes as gripping on screen as it was on the page.
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Released on DVD & Blu-ray on Monday 23rd April by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
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