The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

R | 158 mins | Mystery | 2011

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HISTORY

End credits contain the following acknowledgment: "Use of the CNN logo courtesy of Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner company, all rights reserved."
       A 16 Dec 2009 DV article announced that Sony Pictures had secured the English-language rights to the late Stieg Larsson’s novel, but negotiations were not finalized. Sony executives Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal began negotiations six months prior, and there were difficulties due to a “rights dispute between Larsson’s family and his longtime partner, Eva Gabrielsson.” The Swedish-language film adaptation of the novel had been released in Feb 2009 and earned almost $100 million in Europe. An 18 May 2011 HR news item stated that Sony would partner with MGM on the film, with Sony in charge of marketing and distribution and MGM overseeing “select international television licensing for the film.” Sony and MGM had recently agreed “to explore co-financing opportunities” on future film projects over the “next five years.”
       According to a 9 Dec 2011 DV article, Director David Fincher was offered the project in Mar 2010 and given only one weekend to decide if he would like to direct the film in time for a Dec 2011 theatrical release. At the time, Fincher’s The Social Network (2010, see entry) was in post-production. Producer Cean Chaffin told DV that though Fincher said yes, “We didn’t quite realize what a big endeavor it was with that deadline.”
       The search for an actress to play lead character “Lisbeth Salander” was extensive, and culminated on 16 Aug 2010 with the announcement that Rooney Mara had been cast, as reported by a 17 Aug 2010 HR ... More Less

End credits contain the following acknowledgment: "Use of the CNN logo courtesy of Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner company, all rights reserved."
       A 16 Dec 2009 DV article announced that Sony Pictures had secured the English-language rights to the late Stieg Larsson’s novel, but negotiations were not finalized. Sony executives Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal began negotiations six months prior, and there were difficulties due to a “rights dispute between Larsson’s family and his longtime partner, Eva Gabrielsson.” The Swedish-language film adaptation of the novel had been released in Feb 2009 and earned almost $100 million in Europe. An 18 May 2011 HR news item stated that Sony would partner with MGM on the film, with Sony in charge of marketing and distribution and MGM overseeing “select international television licensing for the film.” Sony and MGM had recently agreed “to explore co-financing opportunities” on future film projects over the “next five years.”
       According to a 9 Dec 2011 DV article, Director David Fincher was offered the project in Mar 2010 and given only one weekend to decide if he would like to direct the film in time for a Dec 2011 theatrical release. At the time, Fincher’s The Social Network (2010, see entry) was in post-production. Producer Cean Chaffin told DV that though Fincher said yes, “We didn’t quite realize what a big endeavor it was with that deadline.”
       The search for an actress to play lead character “Lisbeth Salander” was extensive, and culminated on 16 Aug 2010 with the announcement that Rooney Mara had been cast, as reported by a 17 Aug 2010 HR article. Production notes stated that Rooney Mara auditioned for months, until one day when Fincher called her to his office and showed her a potential press release announcing her in the role. Fincher gave Mara one and a half hours to decide whether she wanted the part, but she “didn’t hesitate.” The17 Aug 2010 HR article stated that Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson had also auditioned. Portman’s manager, Aleen Keshishian, had previously attempted unsuccessfully to option the book. Other actresses rumored to be considered were Anne Hathaway, Evan Rachel Wood, Carey Mulligan, Ellen Page, and Kristen Stewart.
       According to production notes, to prepare for the role, Mara studied computers, practiced riding motorcycles and skateboarding, and traveled to Stockholm alone. Fincher warned Mara that her preparatory work would be difficult, but Mara explained, “He didn’t actually know that I’m a loner and that what he wanted didn’t scare me.” Mara also made drastic changes to her appearance by cutting her hair, “undertaking numerous body piercings, and bleaching her eyebrows.”
       A 17 Aug 2010 LAT news item stated that filming would begin Sep 2010 in Sweden. According to a 14 Dec 2011 DV article, Fincher had only finished The Social Network twenty-five days prior to the start date for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Filming in Sweden was problematic, according to a 9 Dec 2011 DV article, due to available daylight. Chaffin commented, “You either only have 1 ½ hours of darkness or six hours of daylight. We came to L.A. [after filming began] for winter and then we went back to Sweden once spring hit. But even in spring we still had night shooting to do; one night we literally had an hour and 26 minutes to get a night shot.”
       According to a 26 Apr 2011 DV article, only 20 days into the film’s 145-day schedule, Fincher replaced Swedish director of photography, Fredrik Backar, with Jeff Cronenweth, who had worked with Fincher on The Social Network and Fight Club (1999, see entry). After Fincher reportedly experienced “differences of opinion” with Backar, who had been surprised when Fincher originally hired him, Cronenweth flew to Zurich from a commercial shoot he was working on in Miami, FL. According to the DV article, though Cronenweth expressed that he would have preferred to use film given the stark color contrasts in wintry Sweden, he used Fincher’s preferred digital medium, which the director had used since Panic Room , and shot the film with a Red Epic, a digital camera.
       In production notes, Mara discussed two pivotal “violent assault” scenes that took place between herself and Yorick van Wageningen who played “Nils Bjurman,” legal guardian to Lisbeth. Because of Yorick’s likability off camera, Mara avoided the actor on set so that their scenes would be imbued with a heightened tension. Mara commented, “I always knew those scenes would be hard, but they were even harder than I thought they would be.”
       A 16 Dec 2011 WSJ article reported that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who won an Academy Award for “Best Original Score” for The Social Network , worked on the score for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for 14 months, having started without seeing a script. According to Reznor, Fincher used vague instructions to guide the composers; for example, the director told them, “It’s got to feel cold” and “I like the thing that sounds like a bird of prey. I need more of that.” The composers made three attempts before they achieved the tone Fincher desired. For a soundtrack with a “total running time” of almost three hours, Reznor and Ross rejected generic symphonic scoring, and used approaches that included the use of “’prepared’ pianos” which were “old uprights that the duo customized and sometimes mutilated [to] evoke sprung clockwork and madness.”
       According to a 31 May 2011 HR article, a trailer for the film had appeared on several websites that looked as if it had been photographed from a movie screen somewhere in Europe. The trailer may or may not have been a publicity stunt, as an MPAA red-band notice appeared at the beginning, something which, according to HR , would not apply to a European screening; in addition, the image and sound quality was uncharacteristically good for such a video. Sony had not been available to comment at the time of the article.
       A 22 Nov 2011 LAT news item announced that the New York Film Critics Circle adjusted their “annual award selection” date to accommodate The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , which would be ready for a screening on 28 Nov 2011. According to a 6 Dec 2011 HR article, the film screened for New York Film Critics 28 Nov 2011, prior to the film’s planned release of 21 Dec 2011. Though critics were made to sign waivers agreeing not to publish their reviews until 13 Dec 2011, David Denby of The New Yorker allowed his review to be released in the New Yorker ’s current issue one week before the agreed-upon date. Producer Scott Rudin subsequently “banned Denby from all future screenings of his films,” claiming in an e-mail, “You’ve very badly damaged the movie by doing this.”
       A 22 Dec 2011 HR article reported that Sony had moved the release date for the film up by one day, to Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011, to encourage “word-of-mouth” before Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and The Adventures of Tintin (both 2011, see entries) were poised to open on 21 Dec 2011. On its opening night, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo earned $1.6 million in 2,700 theaters. According to a 23 Jan 2012 LAT article, to that time, the film had taken in $94.8 million in box-office receipts.
       Critical reception for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was mixed. Reviewers generally praised Mara’s performance. Var predicted the film’s success, stating, “Rooney Mara’s riveting take on Lisbeth Salander amply validates what will likely be Fincher’s biggest success to date.” However, the same review claimed that Fincher had been “unable to transmute Larsson’s rudimentary mystery plotting into something more than pop-lite fare.” An LAT review by Kenneth Turan deemed the film “too frigid,” while NYT stated, “There are waves of brilliantly orchestrated anxiety and confusion but also long stretches of drab, hackneyed exposition that flatten the atmosphere.”
       The film was named as one of AFI’s Top 10 Movies of the Year. The National Board of Review awarded Rooney Mara with a “Best Breakthrough Performer” award. The film also received Golden Globe nominations for “Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama” (Rooney Mara) and “Best Score,” and the following Academy Award nominations: “Actress in a Leading Role” (Mara), “Cinematography,” “Film Editing,” “Sound Editing,” and “Sound Mixing.”
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
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Daily Variety
13 Dec 2011
p. 1, 13.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Dec 2011
p. 78.
Los Angeles Times
20 Dec 2011.
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New York Times
20 Dec 2011
p. 1.
CAST
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
PRODUCTION TEXT
A David Fincher Film
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DIRECTORS
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PRODUCERS
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WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
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ART DIRECTORS
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FILM EDITORS
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Image processing by
Burbank, California
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COSTUMES
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MUSIC
Mus ed
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SOUND
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Marin County, California
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Foley ed
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VISUAL EFFECTS
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VFX compositor
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Lighting artist, Digital Domain
Lighting artist, Digital Domain
Lighting artist, Digital Domain
Lighting artist, Digital Domain
Matte painting lead, Digital Domain
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Anim lead, Digital Domain
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Previsualization artist, Digital Domain
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Modeler, Digital Domain
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Texture artist, Digital Domain
Lead digital hair artist, Digital Domain
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3d integration artist, Digital Domain
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Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Rotoscope and paint artist, Digital Domain
Visual eff ed, Digital Domain
Asst vis eff ed, Digital Domain
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Vfx supv, Savage Visual Effects
VFX prod, Savage Visual Effects
Addl visual eff by
VFX art dir, Method Studios
VFX supv, Method Studios
Addl visual eff by
VFX supv, Ollin VFX
VFX exec prod, Ollin VFX
Addl visual eff by
VFX supv, a52
VFX prod, a52
Addl visual eff by
VFX supv, Eden FX
VFX prod, Eden FX
Addl visual eff by
Flame artist, Colorworks
Project mgr, Colorworks
MAKEUP
Dept head makeup & hair, Sweden unit
Makeup dept head/Makeup & hair for Ms. Mara, U.S.
Spec eff makeup, Sweden unit
Makeup & hair, Sweden unit
Makeup & hair, Sweden unit
Lisbeth Salander makeup & hair created by, U.S. un
Lisbeth Salander makeup & hair created by, U.S. un
Key makeup, U.S. unit
Makeup for Mr. Craig, U.S. unit
Hair stylist, U.S. unit
Hair stylist for Mr. Craig, U.S. unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting, Sweden unit
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Asst extras casting, Sweden unit
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Picture vehicle buyer & coord, Sweden unit
Picture vehicle buyer & coord, Sweden unit
Head driver, Sweden unit
Picture vehicles mechanic/MC, Sweden unit
Picture vehicles mechanic cars/MC, Sweden unit
Dialect coach, Sweden unit
Catering & craft service, Sweden unit
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Ads dept PA, Sweden unit
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Loc office PA, Sweden unit
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Key set PA, Sweden unit
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Asst to Mr. Fincher
Exec asst to Mr. Rudin
Asst to Mr. Rudin
Asst to Mr. Rudin
Asst to Ms. Chaffin
Asst to Mr. Craig
Web tech consultant
Collaboration powered by
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Book originally published by
STAND INS
Stunt coord - Sweden
Stunt coord - U.S.
Stunts
Stunts
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Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Digital intermediate by
Digitial intermediate color
Digitial intermediate prod
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (London, 2008).
AUTHOR
MUSIC
"Sonata in D Major for Trumpet and Strings," written by Allesandro Stradella, performed by The Cologne Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Helmut Müller-Brühl, courtesy of Naxos, by arrangement with Source/Q.
SONGS
"Immigrant Song," written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, featuring Karen O with Trent Reznor, produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Karen O appears courtesy of Polydor Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
"All That I Wanted," written by Michael Clauss, Manfred Terstappen and Raoul Walton, performed by Belfegore, courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
"The Christmas Waltz," written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, performed by Mel Tormé, courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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SONGS
"Immigrant Song," written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, featuring Karen O with Trent Reznor, produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Karen O appears courtesy of Polydor Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
"All That I Wanted," written by Michael Clauss, Manfred Terstappen and Raoul Walton, performed by Belfegore, courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
"The Christmas Waltz," written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, performed by Mel Tormé, courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
"A New Chance," written by Eric Berglund and Henning Furst, performed by The Tough Alliance, courtesy of Modular Records and Universal Music Australia, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"The Guillotine," written by Johannes Persson, Jan Jā
mte, Fredrik Kihlberg, Ola Klüft, Thomas Hedlund and Jonas Eriksson, performed by Khoma, courtesy of Roadrunner Records, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
"O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)," written by Ernst Anschütz, performed by Per Ohlsson & Stockholm Salvation Army Seventh District Brass, courtesy of Swedish Society Discofil, under license from Naxos of America, Inc.
ppelöga," written by Christopher Sander and Alf Håkan Åkesson, performed by Anna Jā
rvinen, courtesy of Håpna
"In Your Arms Again," written by Ronnie Moerings, performed by Clan of Xymox, courtesy of Metropolis Records
"Annanass," written by Victoria Bergsman, performed by Taken by Trees, courtesy of Rough Trade Records Ltd., by arrangement with Beggars Group Media Limited
"Lux Aeterna," written by Edward Elgar, arranged by John Cameron, performed by The Choir of New College Oxford, courtesy of Warner Classics, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
"Ain't Fit to Live Here," written and performed by Joakim Nilsson, Rikard Edlund, Axel Sjöberg and Jonathan Ramm, courtesy of Nuclear Blast GmbH
"Electrosexual," written by Nicholas Clow, Michael Gray, Shena McSween and James Winchester, performed by Shena, courtesy of Phoenix Music International
"In the Red," written by Kristoffer Rygg, Tore Ylvisaker and Jørn H. Sværen, performed by Ulver, courtesy of Jester Records, Norway
"Tankar Vid 50," written and performed by Björn Afzelius, courtesy of Warner Music Sweden, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing and courtesy of EMI Music Norway, under license from EMI Film and Television Music
"Orinoco Flow," written by Nicky Ryan, Roma Ryan and Eithne Ni Bhraonain, performed by Enya, courtesy of Warner Music U.K. Ltd., by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
"A Track and a Train," written by Adam Olenius, performed by Shout Out Louds, courtesy of Capitol Records, under license from EMI Film and Television Music
"Blue Christmas," written by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson, performed by Christian Ingebrigtsen and Rita Eriksen, courtesy of The Salvation Army, under license from Big Box Music As
"Is Your Love Strong Enough," written by Bryan Ferry, produced and performed by How to Destroy Angels.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
2011
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 20 December 2011
Copyright Claimants:
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.
Copyright Dates:
21 December 2011 21 December 2011
Copyright Numbers:
PA1762927 PA1762927
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby® Digital; SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound; Datasat Digital Sound in selected theatres
Color
DeLuxe®
Duration(in mins):
158
MPAA Rating:
R
Countries:
Sweden, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
46597
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Racing out of a Stockholm courthouse, journalist Mikael Blomkvist ducks a barrage of pesky questions from reporters. Mikael's face is all over the newscasts as he's been found guilty of libeling well-known financier Hans-Erik Wennerström. Meanwhile, recalcitrant, tattooed and pierced private investigator Lisbeth Salander meets with her client Dirch Frode, who has hired her to spy on Mikael. Frode wants a more intimate analysis than is contained in her official written report. Lisbeth lets on that the judgment against Mikael will almost wipe out his entire life savings. Returning home, Lisbeth continues spying on Mikael by downloading his email to her own computer. She also reads up on Wennerström on the Internet. At a Christmas party, Mikael fields a phone call from Frode, who works as an attorney for wealthy Swedish industrialist Henrik Vanger. After setting up a meeting with Vanger, Mikael composes a press release stating he is stepping down as publisher of Millennium , his investigative magazine, leaving his editor and lover, Erika Berger, in charge. The next day, Mikael takes the train to the remote village of Hedestad where Henrik and his family reside on an island accessible only by one bridge. At their meeting, Henrik asks Mikael to write his memoirs, but, more importantly, he wants the journalist to solve an old murder mystery. Back in 1966, Henrik's grandniece Harriet was murdered on the island by somebody in the Vanger family, although her body was never found. If Mikael agrees to live on the island for a year investigating the case, at the end of the ... +


Racing out of a Stockholm courthouse, journalist Mikael Blomkvist ducks a barrage of pesky questions from reporters. Mikael's face is all over the newscasts as he's been found guilty of libeling well-known financier Hans-Erik Wennerström. Meanwhile, recalcitrant, tattooed and pierced private investigator Lisbeth Salander meets with her client Dirch Frode, who has hired her to spy on Mikael. Frode wants a more intimate analysis than is contained in her official written report. Lisbeth lets on that the judgment against Mikael will almost wipe out his entire life savings. Returning home, Lisbeth continues spying on Mikael by downloading his email to her own computer. She also reads up on Wennerström on the Internet. At a Christmas party, Mikael fields a phone call from Frode, who works as an attorney for wealthy Swedish industrialist Henrik Vanger. After setting up a meeting with Vanger, Mikael composes a press release stating he is stepping down as publisher of Millennium , his investigative magazine, leaving his editor and lover, Erika Berger, in charge. The next day, Mikael takes the train to the remote village of Hedestad where Henrik and his family reside on an island accessible only by one bridge. At their meeting, Henrik asks Mikael to write his memoirs, but, more importantly, he wants the journalist to solve an old murder mystery. Back in 1966, Henrik's grandniece Harriet was murdered on the island by somebody in the Vanger family, although her body was never found. If Mikael agrees to live on the island for a year investigating the case, at the end of the 12 months, Henrik will give the journalist incontrovertible proof that Wennerström, who used to work for Vanger Industries, is a crook. Back in Stockholm, Lisbeth attaches a device she's acquired from a fellow hacker to Wennerström's apartment building's electronic system so she can illegally read his email. Also, against Erika's objections, Mikael packs up his personal belongings so he can go live on Henrik's island. Settling into his dingy, ice-cold Hedestad cottage, Mikael begins digging into Henrik's copious research files on Harriet's disappearance. Next, he interviews retired Detective Morrell, the primary investigator on Harriet's case. Mikael is most interested in the last page of Harriet's diary that has a list of women's first names and numbers. Morrell says they are all unconnected phone numbers. Meanwhile, Lisbeth, a ward of the state, is forced to give up all control of her personal finances to her new middle-aged, male guardian after her previous mentor suffered a stroke. Then, while in the subway, Lisbeth's laptop is irreparably broken during an altercation. When she is forced to ask for money from her new guardian to buy a new one, he coerces her to perform fellatio before he hands over a check. In the course of his investigation, Mikael successfully tracks down Harriet's cousin Anita working at a bank in London. Having been estranged from her family for over twenty years, Anita only remembers Harriet as a quiet girl who may have been abused by her father. Later, needing more money, Lisbeth calls her new guardian. However, instead of meeting in his office, he invites her to his home. In his apartment, he brutally beats and rapes her. A few days later, a sullen Lisbeth makes a surprise visit to her guardian's home, claiming she needs still more money. Yet, when she gets inside, she knocks him unconscious with a Taser jolt, strips him naked and ties him to the floor. Lisbeth reveals that she covertly videotaped him raping her on her previous visit. Using the tape as blackmail, she wrests control of her finances again. And, just to make sure the guardian does what he's told, Lisbeth tattoos a giant slogan on his abdomen: "I am a rapist." At the same time, Mikael has visited the town newspaper and scanned into his laptop a series of photographs of a parade held in town on the day Harriet disappeared. The missing teenager was at the parade and several photos depict her seeing something that terrified her greatly. Mikael then gets a quick visit from his ultra-Christian daughter, who recognizes Harriet's list of names and phone numbers as a list of Bible quotes. When Mikael looks the quotes up in Leviticus, the numbers correspond to grotesque passages about killing women. When Henrik suddenly falls ill, Mikael lets Frode know that there's been a big break in the case, but that he needs a research assistant to help him out. Frode makes an excellent suggestion for one: Lisbeth. Surprising Lisbeth early one morning at her apartment, Mikael charms the surly investigator into helping him figure out exactly what all the names and numbers on Harriet's list represent. Lisbeth visits several police stations where she looks over the evidence of murdered Swedish girls from the 1940s to the 1960s who had been horribly mutilated. Lisbeth then shares her fantastic research results with Mikael, having found the five victims Harriet was tracking, plus five others. Each death perfectly matches a quote from Leviticus. Going through Mikael's parade photos, Lisbeth notices another woman in them who was taking her own pictures. Miraculously tracking down that woman, Mikael asks to see her pictures from that day. She's kept them all these years, but Mikael is still unable to figure out from them who Harriet saw that frightened her so much. Returning to the island, Mikael looks for clues at the now-abandoned house that Harriet and Martin, her surviving brother, grew up in. When a bullet from an unseen assassin whizzes by Mikael's head, he races through the woods, dodging several more. Making it home safely, Lisbeth sews up one of Mikael's wounds with sterilized dental floss. Afterwards, Lisbeth throws herself at the older man and the two make love. Later, Lisbeth is granted access to all of Vanger Industries' historical records where she matches the locations of Vanger Industries factories that Harriet and Martin's father, Gottfried Vanger, visited to locations where the murdered womens' bodies were found. Meanwhile, after questioning Harald Vanger, Henrik's ex-Nazi brother, Mikael is able to pick a young Martin Vanger out of a parade photograph. Clearly, he's the person of whom Harriet was so frightened. When Mikael notices that Martin is currently not at his home on the island, he sneaks into his house. After a few minutes, though, Martin returns and offers Mikael a drink before pulling a gun on him. Just then, Lisbeth places Martin at the scene of the last Leviticus murder and races out of the archives. Martin lures Mikael into his hidden, high-tech dungeon and ties the journalist up. Martin confesses to murdering multiple women in this dungeon and dumping their bodies far out to sea, unlike his father, who displayed his victims like trophies. But when Mikael suggests that Martin killed his sister, Martin appears completely baffled. Martin then wraps a plastic bag over Mikael's head. As Mikael slowly suffocates and Martin is about to cut into his victim's bare chest, Lisbeth sneaks in and whacks the murderer across the head with a golf club. While Lisbeth frees Mikael, Martin escapes. Lisbeth retrieves Martin's gun and asks Mikael permission to kill the murderer. Martin takes off in his car and Lisbeth follows on her motorcycle. However, as soon as Martin drives over the bridge into town, his car flips over and bursts into flames. Still failing to figure out what happened to Harriet, Mikael suggests that the only person who will know the answer is Anita. Traveling to London, Mikael, Lisbeth and her hacker friends track Anita's computer and phone activity, none of which reveals anything. Confused that Anita isn't contacting Harriet with the good news about Martin's death, Mikael figures out the truth. Rushing into her bank, Mikael reveals that he knows Anita is, in fact, Harriet herself. Anita/Harriet tells Mikael that on the day of the bridge accident, she simply hid on the island until the real Anita smuggled her out in the trunk of her car. Several years later, Anita died in a car crash and Harriet assumed her identity. At last, Anita/Harriet comes back to the island and is tearfully reunited with her great-uncle. And, with the mystery now solved, Mikael is disappointed to learn that Henrik's grand evidence against Wennerström is a weak report on an embezzlement case committed a long time ago. The good news, though, is Lisbeth has never stopped investigating Wennerström. Through his emails, she has uncovered evidence that the financier is mixed up with Russian crime syndicates. Mikael publishes a new article in Millennium regarding these new charges. Celebrating, Lisbeth asks Mikael for a $50,000 loan for a quick investment. Easily trusting her, Mikael gives her the money. She travels to Zürich disguised as a rich blonde, where she sets in motion a series of complicated money transfers out of Wennerström's accounts and into her own. Meanwhile, news reports say that the financier has gone into hiding, but is eventually killed in a classic gangland-style slaying. To show her gratitude, Lisbeth buys an expensive leather coat for Mikael for Christmas. But, when she spies Mikael going out on a date with Erika, she throws the coat in a garbage dumpster and rides off on her motorcycle. +

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