'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Rape Scene Makes Movie Hard to Watch


rooney maraIt seems like everyone is buzzing with excitement over the new movie, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Except me. Don't get me wrong -- when I read Stieg Larsson's book years ago, I thought it was brilliant. I was glued to it until the final, bitter end. I'm sure the movie is a faithful and gripping adaptation of the novel. I hear Rooney Mara is fantastic. I loved the bad-ass character, Lisbeth Salander. And I would love another excuse to stare at Daniel Craig for a couple of hours. But I just can't do it.

Why? I'll tell you. AWFUL, SCARY RAPE SCENE ON THE BIG SCREEN! Lisbeth's rape was one of the most shocking scenes of the book and it's taken years for me to bury those images in my mind. I don't want to see it again -- and I especially don't want to see it with real actors and larger than life. I know it's just make-believe, but it's just too creepy.

I know Lisbeth gets her revenge on her attacker. Believe me, when you read about her counter-attack, it's deeply satisfying! And I hear the rape scene is done sensitively. Uh, whatever that means. I guess. That doesn't make me feel any better. I still don't want to watch.

I have to admit, I'm ambivalent about rape scenes in books and movies -- even when they're well intentioned, even if they're used to show how awful a villain is, or it's a set-up for a comeuppance. I'm not opposed to writers including rape scenes to tell a story. That those scenes are so emotionally powerful shows that most of us recognize rape as horrific and unacceptable. I just don't want to watch.

Life is stressful on its own. We have the real-life stories of protesting women in Egypt being stripped and beaten in the streets. There's another image I can't get out of my head: that woman in the blue bra being dragged through the streets, one giant boot about to stomp on her exposed belly. I can barely take the news. So go watch The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for me. Tell me all about how thrilling it is, and how satisfied you feel by the ending. I'll be in the theater next door, watching rated-PG Hugo. That's just enough dark for me.

Are you planning to see Girl With the Dragon Tattoo? 


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fraoch fraoch

I can't get through the 1st chapter of the book, so I won't be seeing the movie...and I can read anything or so I thought.

It's sooooooooooooooooooo dull

linzemae linzemae

It took me 250 pages to finally get into the book. It was a good read eventually

Zyva Zyva

I had to fast forward that scene in the subtitled version.. I wonder how the US version will compare as it seems a lot of things in the US are watered down recently. But I was raped and it did bring back some memories that I was unprepared for. 

purpl... purpleducky

I can't watch any rape scenes without relapsing in my recovering. However I do think it is great that there are more rape scenes in movies. Hopefully people will continue to get outraged by them so hopefully they will get outraged by real rape as well.

arlis... arliss123

I thought the books were amazing; I couldn't put them down. However, there is no way I would be able to watch the movies. It's not just the rape scene, although that's a huge part of it. There's just so many other gruesome, nightmare-inducing parts.

LikeA... LikeAVirgin

I can't wait to see this tomorrow!

nonmember avatar Alex

I don't approve of remakes of films that are only a few years old, so if I'm going to see this I'm gonna watch the original film. Ironically the star of the original film is now starring in the new Mission Impossible movie which will probably be the bigger box office hit.

cindy... cindy10989

Well, I saw The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I did not read the book, because like others have said it was really slow, and I just couldn't get into it. But since the previews definitely didn't look boring, I decided to see it. Well...

The movie pretty much starts off slow. As it progresses, though, it gets better. It's a mystery, basically, and definitely hooks your attention.

But..I did not know much about the book or the rape scene and Lisbeth's revenge. So I can tell you with no uncertainty, that both were disturbing and extremely difficult to watch. Now you have to understand that I am by no means immune to violence in movies, in fact, i watch a lot of gorey stuff. The scarier the better:0)

But this was way way over the top. it was horrible, extremely violent, and probably the most graphic rape scene I have ever seen on screen. i literally felt like I was going to vomit, and that is from someone who watched Hannibal Lechter eat Ray Liotta's brains, who sat through movies like Hostel, Saw, etc.  What makes it bad is that it is just so RAW... and so incredibly brutal. I can't really explain it.  For the person who said it was done sensitively,... I have no idea where you heard that, but do not be misled. This one was bad.


Rhaps... RhapsodyG

I watched the subtitled version and the rape scene was very intense in that, as was her revenge. I won't be watching "Dragon Tattoo" for that reason. 

CPN322 CPN322

No, I just don't think it's going to be better then the original. And, like you, that rape scene was just too much for me, except I watched it instead of reading which was obviously way worse. Loved the movie though, despite that, just not ready to see that scene again.

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