“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” keeps you in your seat
Demitri Fellines, Connection Staff
February 14, 2012
With the help from a cast headed by Daniel Craig, director David Fincher was able to successfully recreate Niels Arden Oplev’s 2009 blockbuster intended for American audiences.
A very skilled computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), just completed her very extensive report on journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig), who is being investigated for libel.
His reputation in pieces, Blomkvist takes on the job of writing the biography of Swedish millionaire Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer), who has one lingering mystery in his life and wants it solved: the death of his niece Harriet which occurred 40 years ago.
Henrik’s suspicion of whom the murderer might be stems from those who were in attendance that dreadful day and suspects that it was his own flesh and blood.
Salander’s story is brought to light as the audience sees that she has withdrawn herself from society and only deals with a few select technology geeks.
In Salander’s life, she has a state-appointed guardian who oversees her finances. The guardian is a dark force in Salander’s life as she is abused and raped by him in the two meeting she had with him.
After Salander goes about handling the difficulties in her life, the story goes back to Blomkvist who has moved to the Vanger’s private island to begin his research for the biography but ultimately his job is to figure out what happened to Vanger’s niece.
The only problem with Blomkvist’s investigation is that no matter how he mixed it up, his conclusion was always the same but it never left one suspect. Instead of the suspect list shrinking, it stays the same because all of the Vangers seem to have a motive.
However to find out what ever became of Harriet and who was responsible on that day, then you must go and see.
The film’s twists and turns kept viewers on their edge of their seats but it almost seemed as though Finch and his crew did not know where to properly end the film as there were multiple moments viewers were ready to get up out of their seats and leave the theater as they believed the film to be over.
Whatever the case though the film is worth the 158 minutes that it keeps you in your seat. Overall this film earns itself three and a half out of five stars.