The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Theatrical Release: December 21, 2011
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in Columbia Pictures’ three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy. Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film is based on the first novel in the trilogy, which altogether have sold 50 million copies in 46 countries and become a worldwide phenomenon. The screenplay is by Steven Zaillian.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo comes to theaters December 21st, 2011 and stars Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Robin Wright, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer, Joely Richardson, Yorick van Wageningen, Steven Berkoff. The film is directed by David Fincher.
This movie is very suspenseful despite its length of over two and a half hours. This is the first novel in a proposed trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Rooney Mara is quite effective as the brooding girl with dark hair and several skin piercings along with a unique tattoo. Her character’s name is Lisbeth Salander. Daniel Craig also plays reporter Mikael Blomkvist with a brooding intensity. He is quite believable as the man who is hired to solve a mystery over forty years old. Just what happened to Henrik’s (Christopher Plummer) niece Harriet, the girl he was raising until she disappeared and is assumed long dead? Mikael is a reporter who could well have been an investigator for the police. He notices every detail and sniffs when something isn’t right like a blood hound smells blood.
Despite the stellar cast which also features Christopher Plummer and Stellan Skarsgard, the movie’s content is heavy with graphic sexual and violent scenes including the anal rape of a woman, and a married woman carrying on an affair, in addition to frequent nudity and strong language. There is also a strong scene of a bloody and decapitated cat. We cannot award our Dove Seal to this movie.
Strong sexual scenes including a woman giving a man oral sex although this scene includes no nudity; oral sex comment; graphic nudity and anal rape; a graphic scene of a young woman making love to a man; sexual references and innuendos and a girl is questioned about how many partners she has had; two women kiss and then sleep together; a married woman has an affair with a single man; a reference to bestiality.
I lost count after a while but numerous utterances of the "F" word as well as a few "J" profanities and many other strong profanities; "F" word seen multiple times on a girl's T-shirt.
A man anally rapes a woman and some blood is seen as she showers; a man has a woman give him oral sex; a man puts a plastic bag over a man's face and pulls him up with a rope on a rack; a girl hits a man in the face with a golf club with very bloody results; a man's face is grazed by a bullet and he bleeds and a woman stitches him up and it is shown; a mugger grabs a girl's belongings but she gets them back; a woman chains up a man and tortures him and she tattoos "I am a rapist pig" on his chest; a couple of vehicle accidents are seen and in one the vehicle catches on fire with a character inside of it; a bloody and decapitated cat is seen.
The smoking of cigarettes in several scenes; drinking in a lot of scenes including beer and wine and scotch; talk of narcotics and intoxicating drugs.
Graphic nudity in more than one scene; a woman is seen totally nude; a man is seen nude from behind and shirtless on a few occasions; cleavage; another man's rear and chest is seen as he rapes a woman.
Scriptures from Leviticus are used as a researcher believes a cult used these scriptures as part of a ritualistic crime and murder spree; a lot of tense family scenes as a certain family have members which do not speak to each other.
Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: Steven Zaillian & Stieg Larsson
Producer: Ceán Chaffin
Runtime: 158 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter