“Rape, torture, fire, animals, religion. Am I missing anything?”
As engaging as it is cold and short of color, Fincher and company’s adaptation of the popular novel essentially sees him return to form a la Se7en. The film has no qualms about showing whatever it can and wants to, further playing to its strengths as an enthralling mystery/suspense story. Between the masterful directing, sometimes mesmerizing cinematography, Trent Reznor’s simple yet intoxicating score and Rooney Mara’s spectacular performance and character portrayal, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo finds itself sitting comfortably among the best works this year, adding yet another solid work to Fincher’s already-impressive filmography.