Quite unexpectedly director David Fincher returns to the thriller genre by remaking a Swedish film, which is in turn based on a novel of the same name written by Stieg Larsson. Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a concise, breakneck retelling of an aristocratic family shrouded in mystery and two unexpected colleagues that delve deep into the secrets of a nearly forty-year unsolved murder. Dragon Tattoo succeeds in many aspects. It is a highly polished, wonderfully acted and directed film and I would have expected nothing less from Fincher. It’s because I got what I expected that keeps this from being Fincher’s finest film. But again that is a failing of having to translate a dense novel to the screen and not a failing of the highly creative and talented individuals that created this riveting thriller.