Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo...suspense thriller hits nerve! Daniel Craig upstaged by Rooney Mara!

Though the plot for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is pretty implausible - wildly far-fetched, in fact - once the obvious is dismissed there is a lot to be entertained by (though you wouldn't know it by the ill-conceived promos being broadcast on TV in recent days).

In fact, the off-beat intriguing potboiler - set in a picturesque European backdrop (where a demented serial killer lays in wait for the unsuspecting) - succeeds in stirring up quite a few spine-tingling chills and thrills for audiences packing the theatres in recent days.

For starters, it's in large part due to the lead actress - Rooney Mara (and her formidable acting talents) - who mesmerizes with every nuanced move on screen as she tracks down a vicious killer in the frozen north.

Rooney's high-profile role to date was that of Mark Zuckerberg’s ex-girlfriend in last year’s hit feature “The Social Network" by the way.

Understandably, Daniel Craig (Bond. James Bond!) - though believable in his role as a journalist out to salvage his name and reputation after being slammed in the media - is upstaged here.

In fact, Ms. Mara seamlessly conjures up some of the most memorable onscreen celluloid moments - though ghastly squeamish and not for the faint-of-heart - in recent years.

In a nutshell?

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (a remake of a flick by Swedish director Niels Arden Oplev based on the Larsson bestseller) is a tall yarn about a father (Christopher Plummer) who hires on a crack investigator (Craig)  to solve the decades-old disappearance (murder?) of his young daughter (in spite of the fact the clues are few and the trail stone cold).

It is not until Craig's character enlists the services of an unconventional tattooed researcher (Mara) - with a lot of baggage of her own (which threatens to topple the drama along the way in a sub-plot that is highly preposterous) that there is some headway.

At this juncture, filmgoers are swept up into a fast-paced suspense thriller - a real adrenalin rush - that is certainly worth the price of admission (from a visual and sexual standpoint at least).

The door is left wide-open for a sequel, of course, though Craig's studly star appearance won't be necessary to make sense of it all if the project is ever green lighted.

3 stars!

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