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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

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Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

Director:

David Fincher

Writers:

Steven Zaillian (screenplay by), Stieg Larsson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Craig ... Mikael Blomkvist
Rooney Mara ... Lisbeth Salander
Christopher Plummer ... Henrik Vanger
Stellan Skarsgård ... Martin Vanger
Steven Berkoff ... Frode
Robin Wright ... Erika Berger
Yorick van Wageningen ... Bjurman
Joely Richardson ... Anita Vanger
Geraldine James ... Cecilia
Goran Visnjic ... Armansky
Donald Sumpter ... Detective Morell
Ulf Friberg Ulf Friberg ... Wennerström
Bengt C.W. Carlsson Bengt C.W. Carlsson ... Palmgren
Tony Way ... Plague
Per Myrberg ... Harald
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Storyline

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. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Sweden | Norway

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La chica del dragón tatuado See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,750,000, 25 December 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$102,515,793

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$232,617,430
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

According to David Fincher the opening title sequence of the movie is a "sort of primordial sort of tar and ooze of the subconscious... sort of her nightmare." See more »

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The story takes place in about 2005-06. Mikael and Lisbeth are using Macbook Pros with older versions of OS X, which correspond with the time. However, the Macbook Pros with black separated keys were not introduced until 2008. See more »

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[first lines]
Detective Inspector Gustaf Morell: What kind is it?
Henrik Vanger: I don't know. White?
Detective Inspector Gustaf Morell: And the frame?
Henrik Vanger: Dark.
Detective Inspector Gustaf Morell: Postmark?
Henrik Vanger: Same as last time.
Detective Inspector Gustaf Morell: And no note.
Henrik Vanger: No.
Detective Inspector Gustaf Morell: I'm so sorry, Henrik.
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Ain't Fit to Live Here
Written and Performed by Joakim Nilsson, Rikard Edlund, Axel Sjöberg and Jonatan Ramm
Courtesy of Nuclear Blast GmbH
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Flaws of US movie-making are exposed
31 December 2011 | by johnwood-2See all my reviews

The US remake of "Dragon Tattoo" is inferior to the original in every aspect of film-making: script, acting, directing, cinematography, music, editing--even credits. Fincher puts the story together with the energy and creativity of someone painting by the numbers. Daniel Craig, with his absurdly tight clothing, registers no emotional, intellectual or sensual qualities of the male hero. Rooney Mara has the stare of Salandar, but nothing else.

My wife and I looked at the original right after seeing the Fincher version on screen. Danish director Niels Oplev captured the characters beautifully, and his cast gave their characters distinct and rounded qualities. Fincher's version was also soft on Nazism compared with the original, weakening the political insights and critiques that are the skeleton of Larsson's works. Rapace makes Lisbeth as fascinating as she is in the novels; Mara succeeds in making her only weird and sullen.

The cobbled-together editing and crutch-like flashbacks make one wonder why Fincher decided to disrupt the original's great flow, energy and clarity with such ineffectual modifications, modifications that sap the story of its power. The annoying, modern- mechanistic soundtrack of the U.S. version, like the oily black credits, betray a desire to say "listen to me!" and "look at me" rather than to work organically with the story. I don't see how any serious movie lover could rate this pitiable remake as worth seeing over the original.


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