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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Directed by David Fincher

USA, 2011

Cornerhouse, 8 January 2012

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

It is a competent remake, there’s no doubt about that, a good workable serial-killer thriller.

But it is not a patch on the original Swedish film, which had a glacial, alien, sinister quality that’s wholly missing here.  Some of the scenes – the one with Daniel Craig stumbling in the mud, say – seem amateurish.  Did that one appear in the first film also?

What strikes me now, as well, is that the main storyline is very similar to the key mystery in Thomas H. Cook’s Instruments of Night.  That’s got to be put down to Stieg Larrson, mind.

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