A disgraced journalist is hired to investigate a 40 yr old mystery hidden amid the many secrets of a large, dysfunctional family. Assisting him is a young woman with more than a few secrets of her own.
The remake of a Swedish movie based upon the book written by Stieg Larsson, Dragon Tattoo was also filmed in Sweden which adds to over all feel of the movie. At the heart of the story is a large family that nearly all live on an island. The journalist outsider, played by Daniel Craig, is interjected into this scenario attempting to find the answers to a girls disappearance over forty years ago.
He is aided by a computer hacker who is also an incredible researcher but who has both a troubled past as well as on going troubles. Rooney Mara plays Lisbeth Salander, the young hacker and she put her heart and soul into this movie. Mara actually had the many piercings Salander has, done to herself.
While the main plot is a investigative thriller, there are moments that are very disturbing. None of these, nor the subject matter are inserted into this movie for gratification, the story calls for it, and each moment helps further the story along. That is not to say that some people won’t have a problem with it.
Dragon Tattoo, while being a large budget movie, feels real and gritty, regardless of the amazing cast. There are names such as Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright, Goran Visnjic, Geraldine James, Joely Richardson and Steven Berkoff all playing their parts perfectly.
This is a very good movie but not one for everyone.