BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo★★★★ 11.10pm-2.10am ITV2
Not the original Swedish adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s novel with the wonderful Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander, but the American remake directed by David Fincher and starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig. The story remains much the same -journalist Michael Blomkvist (Craig) and computer hacker Salander (Mara) investigate the mysterious disappearance and possible murder of a business magnate’s grandniece. In the course of this, they discover a series of other unsolved murders of young women, while Salander finds time to wreak dreadful but well-deserved vengeance on the lawyer who had raped and abused her. It takes few liberties with Larssons’s story and, though lacking the exotic flavour of the original, is pretty good as remakes go, especially if you didn’t see the Swedish film.
Hollywood turns once again to the games market for script ideas, but this time with some success, for this tale of martial artists fighting demonic baddies from another universe. Christopher Lambert stars.