The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is about power – who has it and who doesn’t, but mainly how quickly it shifts.
Take a scene in the film’s first hour: Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) is on a subway platform bothering no one when a foolish stranger snatches her backpack. Soon, she’s capably retrieved her pack – and beaten the thief so savagely that passersby see her as the heinous one. In an instant she’s gone from victim to victor to victimizer. And she’s just getting started.