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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • Director: David Fincher
  • Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara
  • Rating: ***

Is David Fincher’s tattooed Girl, this time with Rooney Mara instead of Noomi Rapace as the ruthless, messed-up computer hacker, any better than the Swedish original? Does it matter?

Dirtier, more violent and marginally more complicated than its Scandinavian forebear, Fincher’s stab at Stieg Larsson’s first Millennium trilogy novel manages to stand on its own merits.

While the pace is slow and there are some flat performances (particularly by Craig), there remain two reasons to drag out the Dragon Tattoo gun again: the incendiary performance of Oscar-nominated Mara, and the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. It’s another improvement from the original film that helps build the dire mood.

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