Rated R, 158 mins
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard
Okay…so I know it says Rated R, but if this movie had come out in 1997, it would have been known as NC-17…or possibly a PPV movie on the Playboy Channel. Rooney Mara (“The Girl”) spends so much time undressed or in certain sexual predicaments that it would be utterly impossible NOT to know what kind of tattoos she had on her body. However, if you can get past the sexual violence interlaced within the plot, it is one of the best thrillers to come along in quite some time. Now of course, any woman you know has probably already read the entire series of books, so don’t try to be cute and guess the ending in the middle of the flick…because they will knowingly just nod their head and smirk…Consequently I did figure out the twist at the end but not fully. Any movie that can stump me just a little bit is worth seeing in my opinion. Warning: this movie is not for the queasy stomach. Warning #2: if you are a woman expecting the movie to be exactly like the book, be forewarned…it’s not…apparently Daniel Craig’s character does many things differently…but hey I didn’t read it so good for me!
I award this 3 1/2 steaks.
On a side note…fellow columnist Sarah Wolff and I saw this on a Thursday night at Carmike for $7 total (including Halloween candy and a bottled water from home)
Guest Columnist and Movie Reviewer – Bryan “Quad Steak” Knepper