Foreign films are often being re-made on the big screen (Troll Hunter is one of my favourite films soon to follow suit). When a picture from another country does well at the box office it isn’t long until the big production companies here at home and across the pond want to cash in on their success. The latest is the well known crime thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

The story follows Daniel Craig’s Mikael Blomkvist as he is hired to investigate a missing girl who disappeared forty years ago. As his investigation goes on Blomkvist realises that there is more going on within the dark family he is investigating than he first thought. He decides to bring in a young talented journalist to help him; she is no ordinary girl and it is not long until the pair have to combine their skills to track down a murderer who has been raping and killing woman.

…at over two and a half hours long it is a difficult watch…

The story was interesting with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes. The film is very dark and there are some difficult scenes; Rooney Mara plays troubled Lisbeth Salander very well, displaying her dark life without revealing much about her past. At times the story can be difficult to follow especially during the investigation scenes but everything is brought together concisely at the end.

The ending did drag on and at over two and a half hours long it is a difficult watch. But if you’re in the mood for a hard-hitting, dark gritty mystery film then the remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a decent choice.

3 Stars

 

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