The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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"What is hidden in snow, comes forth in the thaw."
  • R
  • 2011
  • 7.8  (490,936)
  • 71

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by David Fincher, is a psychological thriller adapted from the first novel of a crime trilogy by Swedish author Stieg Larsson. The film follows the story of two unlikely investigators, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) and fierce hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), who come together to solve a decades-old mystery.

The film begins with Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist for the Swedish magazine Millennium, losing a libel case against a wealthy industrialist, Hans-Erik Wennerström (Ulf Friberg). Mikael is left disgraced, jobless and facing a jail sentence for his misguided attack on Wennerström. On the verge of losing everything, he accepts an unusual offer from a wealthy businessman, Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer).

Henrik wants Mikael to investigate the unsolved murder of his beloved niece, Harriet, who disappeared 40 years ago without any trace. The Vanger family is a dysfunctional and secretive clan, and Henrik believes that one of them may have killed Harriet.

Mikael arrives at the snowbound Vanger estate in Hedeby and starts digging through old files and photographs. The deeper he delves into the past, the more he realizes that Harriet's death may be part of a bigger web of grotesque crimes committed by a serial killer. But as he gets closer to the truth, he finds himself in danger.

Meanwhile, Lisbeth Salander is a young, anti-social hacker with a cruel history of being mistreated and abused by those around her. She is a ward of the state and is assigned to a new guardian who has the power to control her life. Her guardian makes her life a living hell, and Lisbeth resorts to revenge on him through blackmail. When she comes across Mikael's case, she decides to hack into his computer and provide him with crucial information about Harriet's murder.

Mikael is initially hesitant to work with Lisbeth because of her off-putting demeanor and rough exterior, but eventually sees the value in her skills as a hacker. As Mikael and Lisbeth delve deeper into the mystery of Harriet's disappearance, they realize that they are dealing with a dangerous individual who will stop at nothing to keep his secrets buried.

Throughout the film, Mikael and Lisbeth's relationship deepens as they uncover secrets about Harriet's past, and their personal histories. Although their investigation is hampered by threats and violence, Mikael and Lisbeth continue to pursue the truth of Harriet's murder and the serial killer.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a dark, twisted tale that seamlessly blends elements of mystery, suspense, and drama. The grittiness of the film is amplified by the strong performances of the cast, with Craig and Mara delivering powerful performances as Mikael and Lisbeth.

The film is visually stunning, with the icy, bleak landscapes of Sweden highlighting the isolation and despair of the characters. The music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross adds an ominous and haunting tone to the film that perfectly complements the story's darkness.

Overall, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a masterful and chilling thriller that keeps the audience guessing until the very end. It serves as a poignant reminder of Larsson's legacy and the importance of seeking justice for the oppressed.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2011 thriller. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8 and a MetaScore of 71.

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