The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a phenomenon publishing-wise, and the original Swedish films were big hits internationally. So it’s no surprise that Noomi Rapace has been in a number of American films, and now the director of the original trilogy has come to America and directed an action film. Niels Arden Oplev has helmed Dead Man Down, which stars his Dragon lead Rapace alongside Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard in this tale of revenge.

And this looks like a lot of films by directors brought over to America to helm an action film. It’s flashy and there’s stylish moments, but it’s hard to know if it works. Dead Man Down looks like it could be fun, but we’re still not sold on Rapace. In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows she barely registered a presence (to be fair it was a nothing role), while Prometheus mostly had her screaming. The jury’s still out, but it’s not looking good. Maybe teaming with her Dragon director will bring out her A game. Here’s the trailer:

With a cast like this, it feels like if it were bad it might go straight to video, but with a March 8 release date, it will be up against Oz: The Great and Powerful, which is trying to be this year’s Alice in Wonderland. Perhaps it will deliver and surprise. At least, we hope.

Have you watched the original Dragon Tattoo trilogy?