She must endure two shocking rape scenes and a torture sequence, and there is a hefty amount of nudity involved.Mara embodies Lisbeth, immediately bringing immense intimidation, danger, and fury every time she comes on to the screen.

Christopher Plummer and Stellan SkarsgÄrd also turn in great performances as Henrik Vanger and Martin Vanger.

The person to really watch out for, however, is Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.

This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), as he investigates the disappearance of a wealthy patriarch's niece from 40 years ago.

He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, punk computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara).

Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released.

Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.

Being released during the cheery time of the holidays, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is not a feel-good film, by any means.

It is a harsh, gritty, and rough cinema trip that answers the question of leaving the kids at home with the babysitter.

After only a few years, the character of Lisbeth Salander has become an attention-grabbing heroine that is as iconic as Edward Cullen of the love-it-or-hate-it "Twilight" series. After all the truly awful and hideous things that have plagued her life, Lisbeth doesn't take any crap from anybody.