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Release Date: December 21, 2011
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: David Fincher
Screenwriter: Steve Zaillian
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Joely Richardson, Steven Berkoff, David Dencik, Alexandra Daddario, Goran Visnjic
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language)
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STUDIO SYNOPSIS: Within the story’s labyrinth lie murder, corruption, family secrets and the inner demons of the two unexpected partners chasing the truth of a 40-year-old mystery.  Mikael Blomkvist is a financial reporter determined to restore his honor after being convicted of libel. Engaged by one of Sweden’s wealthiest industrialists, Henrik Vanger, to get to the bottom of the long-ago disappearance of his beloved niece, Harriet – murdered, Vanger believes, by a member of his large family – the journalist heads to a remote island on the frozen Swedish coast, unaware of what awaits him.  

At the same time, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), an unusual but ingenious investigator with Milton Security, is hired to do a background check on Blomkvist, a job that ultimately leads to her joining Mikael in his investigation of who killed Harriet Vanger. Though Lisbeth shields herself from a world that has repeatedly betrayed her, her hacking skills and single-minded focus become invaluable.  While Mikael goes face-to-face with the tight-lipped Vangers, Lisbeth plies the wired shadows.  They begin to trace a chain of homicides from the past into the present, forging a fragile strand of trust even as they are pulled into the most savage currents of modern crime.
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Plot - A journalist and a young female hacker try to resolve the mystery surrounding the long-unsolved disappearance of an heiress.

(iPad/iPhone here) 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). As they work together in the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined.

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DAVID FINCHER (Director) directs movies, commercials, and music videos. He has directed Alien 3 (1992), Se7en (1995), The Game (1997), Fight Club (1999), Panic Room (2002), Zodiac (2007), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), and The Social Network (2010).  

DANIEL CRAIG (Mikael Blomkvist) in 2006, he made his James Bond debut in Casino Royale, for which he received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor and an Empire Film Award in the same category; the film became the highest grossing in the history of the 007 franchise.

ROONEY MARA (Lisbeth Salander) began her career just several years ago, shortly after enrolling as a student at New York University.  Since then, Mara landed roles in several independent films, including Dare and The Winning Season, both of which debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (Henrik Vanger) has enjoyed a career spanning almost 60 years, becoming one of the theater’s most respected actors and a veteran of more than 100 motion pictures.

The decision was made early on that the look of the film should have a roughness around its atmospheric edges that mirrors Larsson’s tone in the books.  

(iPad/iPhone here) Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times described Lisbeth thus in her review: “Lisbeth Salander, Stieg Larsson’s fierce pixie of a heroine, is one of the most original characters to come along in a while: a gamin, Audrey Hepburn look-alike with tattoos and piercings, the take-no-prisoners attitude of Lara Croft and the cool, unsentimental intellect of Mr. Spock. She is the vulnerable victim turned vigilante; a willfully antisocial girl, once labeled mentally incompetent by the state’s social services, who has proved herself as incandescently proficient as any video game warrior.”

“Don’t ever fight with Lisbeth Salander. Her attitude towards the rest of the world is that if someone threatens her with a gun, she’ll get a bigger gun.”
― Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With Fire
Lisbeth Salander: “They say that I'm insane. No, it's okay, nod. I am insane.”
― From movie

(iPad/iPhone here) Lisbeth Salander: “I'm not going to apologize for the way I've led my life.”
― Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

“Salander was afraid of no-one and nothing. She realized that she lacked the necessary imagination - and that was evidence enough that there was something wrong with her brain.”
― Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

(iPad/iPhone here) Hacking is a key to Salander's success, but her ability to process and organize and interpret the information she finds is what truly sets her apart.
Book quote: “In Armansky's eyes, Salander was […] the most able investigator he had met in all his years in the business.”

Mikael Blomkvist: "What are you doing?"
Lisbeth Salander: "Reading your notes."
Mikael Blomkvist: "They're encrypted."
Lisbeth Salander: "Please."

(iPad/iPhone here) Flowers are symbols for so many things. Beauty, life, death and new life –all of which are elements in the trilogy.

Cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth, ASC: “The Swedish weather was a huge part of this movie. It’s always an element in the background and it was very important that you feel it as an audience member.  The winter becomes like a silent character in the film giving everything a low, cool-colored light that is super soft and non-direct.”

Mikael Blomkvist: “Friendship- by definition- is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don't have trust, the friendship will crumble."
― Stieg Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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