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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


Year: 2011 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 18 Cert – Not suitable for under 18s 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by David Fincher 
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer  
An image from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Fincher’s back doing what he does best - narratives concerning investigations and the macabre. In undertaking the second adaptation of the incredibly famous Stieg Larsson novel, Fincher promises to add a different and more gruesome handle on the morbid Millenium story.

Following the disgrace of a libel court case, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is privately hired to investigate the disappearance of a girl from forty years ago. He is assisted by the mysterious and brilliant Lisbeth Salander (Mara). With both battling the difficulties of the search and the demons of their personalities, the film is a tense and exciting thriller that will doubtless shock and captivate.

Despite it being a prompt English-language remake, there is nothing to detract from the film’s significance. With a budget of $100 million, a perfect director and an array of talented actors – 2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo promises to be a hit.

As the tagline suggests, this is not a happy-go-lucky flick for the family. For fans of Fincher’s other melancholic movies such as Seven, Zodiac and Panic Room, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is bound to shred your nerves whilst keeping you intrigued up until the very last minute. Craig has noted how the “$100 million R-rated movie” isn’t made anymore; leave it to Fincher to shake things up in Hollywood.

The success of the book alone shows you how engrossing Blomkvist and Salander’s story is. Now the iconic saga gets a new beginning and one of the greatest directors of today at the helm of its telling. Coming out in the winter, in times for awards season, it will be a film under plenty of discussion, so don’t miss out!

Piers McCarthy

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Screenings of this film:

2011/2012 Spring Term (35mm)
2011/2012 Spring Term (35mm)