Zodiac showed that he could direct an intricate and technically tricky procedural drama. There are few characters anywhere like Salander, played here by Rooney Mara and by Noomi Rapace in the original 2009 Swedish picture.  The series aired on US pay-for-view cable networks in the weeks leading up to the release of David Fincher's 2011 film adaptation of the novel. Henrik also shows Blomkvist a room whose walls are covered with pressed flowers. The first movie, The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, has a very disturbing assault, so it is not suitable for most people to view. I should mention, I have never read the Steig Larsson’s trilogy. You can read our review of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo here. His character is necessarily less magnetic than the force-of-nature Lisbeth, but there’s a warmth to Mikael that I felt was absent in Michael Nyqvist’s performance. In the original version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo the film's lead was played by Swedish actor Noomi Rapace, and Oplev complained of the "Sony PR machine" trying to … Harriet explains the truth about her disappearance: that her father and her brother had repeatedly raped her; that she killed her father by drowning him, which was witnessed by Martin; and that her cousin Anita had smuggled her away from the island prior to her death. She visits a hacker friend of hers, "Plague", who can save the hard drive and let her use his spare PC, but only until she can get a replacement laptop. In anticipation for the movie’s release, I decided to watch the original Swedish film adaption, directed by Niels Arden Oplev from 2009. Well directed and acted though the Swedish Dragon Tattoo is (and there’s no denying the power of Noomi Rapace’s career-making performance), I’d argue that Fincher’s movie is the better adaptation. Blomkvist figures out that Salander sent the email and hires her as a research assistant. Fincher, and screenwriter Steven Zaillian, take their time with this section, and spin out the threads rather than hurriedly pulling them into a little bow. That same year, two sequels, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, were released in September and November, respectively. A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years. 58 comments. As the extraordinarily intelligent yet troubled Lisbeth, she balances strength and anger with the perfect touch of vulnerability – she’s strong, incisive and capable, and occasionally her actions border on the sociopathic, but underneath she’s alone and desperate for human contact. It is at one level a gripping, chilling suspense novel about a crime that occurred decades before, and the naive young journalist who is hired to solve the mystery. However, he denies killing Harriet, insisting that she disappeared. The article also brings a particularly interesting bit of news for “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” — the film’s ending has been changed from the book. Wennerström is then found dead, which the police write off as a suicide. • The Swedish film production company Yellow Bird created film versions of the first three Millennium books, all three films released in 2009, beginning with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev. French premium pay television channel Canal+ aired extended versions of the three films as a miniseries between March and June 2010, before the theatrical release of the second and third films, consisting of six parts of 90 minutes each. 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo': How Does It Compare To The Swedish Version? When Martin drives off the road, Salander finds him still alive but trapped in the vehicle. The Swedish version is very basic while Fincher flaunts his cinematic skills. How would these mutual exclusives ever end up in bed together? The Girl in the Spider's Web Release Date, Trailer, Cast News for Dragon Tattoo Sequel, Introducing A Brand New FREE Quarterly Magazine From Den of Geek, How EVE Online Is Changing Players' Lives for the Better, Comparing the Swedish and US versions of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Blomkvist wakes to find himself bound in Martin's cellar. Salander searches through Vanger's business records to trace Harald to the crime scenes, while Blomkvist breaks into Harald's house believing it to be unoccupied. However, it's all in Swedish. He also says that his father was too theatrical and that leaving the bodies out to be found was a step too far as it drew unwanted attention. Lisbeth calls him again the next day, but when she goes to meet with Bjurman, he handcuffs her to his bed, and beats and rapes her. Inside Harriet's diary, Blomkvist finds a list of five names alongside what appears to be phone numbers. Vanger believes that Harriet was murdered by a family member. When it was announced that David Fincher was about to embark on an English-language version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, reactions from devotees of … She then simply walks away as the car catches fire and he burns to death. Salander then visits Blomkvist in prison and gives him new information on the Wennerström case. Why did Hollywood feel the need to make the film version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo right after the Swedish version came out? Not simply because it’s got a bigger budget ($100m versus the first’s $13m) or because it looks and sounds better, but because, beneath its aggressive styling, it’s a more human film. Harald insults Martin for stopping him from shooting Blomkvist. David Fincher’s ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ on Netflix ‘Ministry of Fear’ – World War II spy noir on Criterion Channel; Hugh Jackman is ‘The Wolverine’ on Disney+ ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ – Tom Hanks vs. the USSR on Amazon Prime ‘Enter the Dragon’ – Bruce Lee is supreme on Netflix While not necessarily as good as those earlier movies, Dragon Tattoo brings all of those skills to Larsson’s story. Lisbeth secretly records the encounter with a hidden device. I eagerly awaited the release of David Fincher’s Americanized film version of Stieg Larsson‘s posthumous best seller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The identity of the killer isn’t difficult to guess, even if you don’t necessarily follow every development of the Vanger family’s complex history. In THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE -- the second installment in the "Millennium" trilogy following THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO -- Mikael Blomkvist is about to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society. Salander, who was ruled mentally incompetent as a child, is placed in the custody of a new legal guardian, Nils Bjurman (Peter Andersson), after her previous guardian suffers a stroke. Gottfried died a year before Harriet disappeared by accidentally drowning in a lake, and Henrik then took responsibility for raising Martin and Harriet. Using her access to Blomkvist's computer, Salander theorizes that the numbers in Harriet's diary are references to verses in the Book of Leviticus and emails Blomkvist anonymously. Martin escorts Blomkvist to his home, where Blomkvist reveals what he and Salander have uncovered. Plague is a computer hacker and associate of Lisbeth Salander. For the English-language film based on the same novel, see, 2009 crime thriller film by Niels Arden Oplev, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011 film), St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award, Washington D.C. 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He visits retiring police inspector Morell, who informs him that his team had been unable to decipher them when they worked on Harriet's case. They are all Jewish names, which intrigues Blomkvist, as the Vanger family has a long history of antisemitism. This makes their Dragon Tattoo slightly more punishing on the posterior, and more unevenly paced, but at least avoids the rather abrupt conclusion of its predecessor. Bjurman makes it clear to Lisbeth that unless she does what he tells her, he will make her life very difficult and even threatens her with incarceration in a mental hospital. She then uses a tattoo machine to brand Bjurman's abdomen with the message "I am a sadist pig and a rapist". As a way of letting Henrik know that she was alive, Harriet sent him a pressed flower every year. hide. So what has Fincher brought to his version of Larsson’s first Millennium novel? He was too lumpy, too much of a buffoon. Martin explains that Gottfried began teaching him to rape, torture, and kill as a teenager, and boasts about raping and murdering women for decades since his father's death. During the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander become lovers and sleep together. He discovers many Nazi texts and memorabilia amid the wreckage of the interior of the house, which has been left to decay. Ryan finds out…. She returns to the cottage to find Blomkvist missing. Gottfried is described as having been in the Hitler Youth, an aggressive alcoholic whose marriage to Harriet and Martin's mother was cold and toxic, and the two wound up living separately with the children remaining with their father. She was too spiky, too stern. Watch trailers, read customer and critic reviews, and buy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish With English Subtitles) directed by Niels Arden Oplev for $12.99. , The film grossed more than $10 million in North America in a limited release of 202 theatres. The answer: all his skills as both a storyteller and a visual stylist. This weekend’s release of Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web, adapted from David Lagercrantz’s 2015 novel of the same name, is mounting evidence that Lisbeth Salander and the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo brand has become its own entity, separate from the impetus of its creator. The main character is a young female, who was wrongfully kept under governmental mental health institution and control for years. The critical consensus is: "Its graphic violence and sprawling length will prove too much for some viewers to take, but Noomi Rapace's gripping performance makes The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo an unforgettable viewing experience. Salander's elderly mother, living in a nursing home, apologises for not choosing a "better papa" for her. They suspect Henrik's reclusive brother Harald to be the murderer, as he is the only surviving Vanger brother. 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