The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a movie adaptation based on a book of the same name. Because of its nature, this not for movie fans who do not have a strong stomach.

The big screen adaptation has stayed true to the almost unbearable events accounted for in the book, so those that have read it can expect the gore scenes play out on the screen. The book is already too tough to read and it makes its movie counterpart sickening to watch as well.

Author Stieg Larsson revealed that he drew his inspiration to write the book from an incident that transpired in his teen years. Larsson recalled that when he was only 15, he saw right before his eyes how three guys gang-raped Lisbeth, a girl he was acquainted with.

He felt guilty that just stood by and did nothing. Days past the incident, he asked Lisbeth to forgive him but she refused to give it to him.

Years later, Larsson wrote The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, where he named the main character Lisbeth, also a rape survivor. In 2011, the movie adaptation hit the big screen.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo tells the story of journalist Mikael Blomkvist, played by Daniel Craig, who is investigating the disappearance of a rich man’s niece that occurred 40 years ago. Along the way, he crosses paths with Lisbeth Salander, a punk computer hacker who helps him expose unthinkable, ginormous corruption.

The psychological crime thriller film accounts on how Lisbeth takes revenge on the person who raped her. She tortures him in the most sadistic, brutal manner and records it on camera.

Watching this sequence in the film is stomach-churning. Nevertheless, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is dubbed as one of the best revenge movies regardless of its dark narrative.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is directed by David Fincher, who received Academy Award nomination for Best Director for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network. The main cast includes Rooney Mara and Christopher Plummer.

Run Time:  2 hours, 38 minutes

IMDb Rating: 7.9 out of 10