The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - US version (2011)
Excellent actually. I saw the entire Swedish series and thought they were great, and was afraid the US version would be too Hollywood. It's not - follows the book story quite well, performances are excellent and really outstanding by Rooney Mara as Lisbeth.
Rooney Mara went above and beyond for the roll. Besides getting all the piercings shown in the movie for real - she also learned to ride a motorcycle since the motorcycle (unlike the Swedish version) is at least a minor character in the movie.
The riding scenes are great - some very skilled and ballsy riding. I don't think she did all the riding, but apparently she wasn't doubled for a lot of the movie. There are some interesting websites about the motorcycle(s) that were made for the movie (the reason for the "s" is - there were three identical ones made to withstand the rigors of film use.)
It's called "The Feel-Bad Movie of the Christmas Season" - and it sort of is, but it's also quite good (but dark) and intricate enough to keep my attention through the entire movie (and leaves me with the intention of owning it when it comes out on BlueRay..)
1-4 stars - this gets 4 stars from me. :drink
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
is a tense, down tempo spy thriller.
Gary Oldman is brilliant. the casting, in general, is pretty great. we liked it, now i gotta go back and read the book.