The Girl in the Spider's Web

The Girl in the Spider's Web

DVD - 2019
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Journalist Mikael Blomkvist and young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander find themselves caught in a web of cybercriminals, corrupt government officials, and spies.

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Twiggzette
Mar 16, 2021

This movie is a very pale comparison to the original Swedish trilogy movies based on books written by Stieg Larsson, which are superior in intensity, plot, and acting. It also is very faithful to the trilogy's plots. "Spider's Web" is NOT based on a book written by Larsson, who died young. Most critics feel that it is an inferior US film compared to the trilogy and attempt to capitalize on the superb writings of Larsson. It is very unfortunate that the book firm that published the first three Larsson books licensed a US firm to try to cash in on the huge market for movies created by Larsson's land-breaking novels.

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Kjkittrell
Sep 21, 2020

Not as good as the first ones but still worth watching

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humbleworm
Feb 17, 2020

The crucial mistake that Lagercrantz makes in his continuation of Larsson's trilogy is in overstating the deliberately understated capabilities of Lisbeth Salander beyond what is believable. This film adaptation does try to correct that but is seriously flawed in its casting and plot deviations. Claire Foy looks too vulnerable to be Lisbeth and nothing like Sylvia Hoeks who plays her sister. Sverrir Gudnason's Mikael is even more ineffectual than in the book and the boy is simply not believable as an autistic savant. My recommendation is to stick with the original book trilogy and watch the Swedish film adaptations; North American re-makes of European films are generally flashier but not as good.

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JaniceCurtis
Feb 04, 2020

Claire Foy IS FANTASTIC. The range of her talent from The Crown Season 1 & 2 to this equally complex character & action story is masterful. I read her bio. The story & other characters are interesting. Glad we were spared the graphic torture scenes from the Tattoo movie. Claire melds into Lizbet effortlessly. She is obviously the most brilliant person in the room. She's , likable bc despite her desperately wounded past, she still wants to "save' other girls, women & kids, while revealing a fleeting glimpse of her own once sweet, loving self. . The sister relationship was central to the story. Sisters that are raised closely assume they will be together throughout life. Losing that relationship is a death like losing a twin.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Jan 02, 2020

Creepy thriller fiction. Mental health issues unaddressed.

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bansidthe
Dec 27, 2019

An auctioneer but the book is much better.

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richmole
Dec 20, 2019

Had high hopes for this latest installment.

But after the first 15 minutes or so...nothing much more than a James-Bondish chase-and-shoot-em-up. And, in some instances--how did she know where and how to raise that bridge?--stretches credulity to the snapping point.

Well-made, but lacks all the really interesting human interaction of the earlier instalments.
As good as it is...disappointing.

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bengreen55
Dec 10, 2019

This was the only one of the David Lagercrantz Millennium follow ups that was actually decently written. So of course the story had to be completely trashed for the movie. I have nothing against the actors here but the screen writer and director deserve nothing but contempt. Do yourself a favor, read the books or listen to the audiobooks.

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tj_is_cool
Nov 30, 2019

Quite slick production. The Ducati bike looked sweet but the main actress was not likable.

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yesbyedith
Nov 23, 2019

Commentary: once upon a time, there were 2 sisters...

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jimg2000
Feb 14, 2019

The attacker's M.O. matches that of Lisbeth Salander, a local hacker with a history of aggravated assault. If my daughter and I had a message for her... I just want to say, whoever you are, thank you.
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When our loved ones die, we tell our friends.
-There's an incorrect assumption in that statement.
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She worked for my father for years. He was a psychopath. Turns out... she was the same. I'm glad they're both dead.

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jimg2000
Feb 14, 2019

What am I looking for?
-The sum of all my sins. A 2725 byte piece of software. It's a single-incident file. It can't be reproduced, copied, only moved.
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Take military systems, for example. Since 9/11, all global defense systems
are controlled by satellite networks, and such networks are all protected by the same quantum encryption protocol. A tool of the kind we're discussing here could effortlessly access the tactical and nuclear arsenals of most major world powers. Via his personal computer, a single user would be imbued with God-like power.
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Special Division doesn't mean you're actually special.
-I think it does.
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"Special Division." Is that an American euphemism for "no accountability and no oversight"?
-I don't know. Um... I mean, I'm feeling pretty overseen right now.

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jimg2000
Feb 14, 2019

Look, am I being deported?
-No. No. For now, you're just getting this.
A tourist guide?
- If you engage in any activities not listed in that book, I'll have you arrested and put on the first plane back to Washington.
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She doesn't have the monopoly on guilt. You should be looking for this man, too.
-What makes you think I'm not?
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Mikael. There were two key stories that made your name and built the magazine. The first you couldn't have written without her, and the second was about her. I think you are scared what would become of Mikael Blomkvist if there were no Lisbeth Salander.
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Maybe you misspelled it, but isn't otravitel Russian crime slang for "poisoner"?

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jimg2000
Feb 14, 2019

You're done crashing around my city like a wild boar. Arrest him. Send him back to Disneyland.
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He once said the past, sometimes, can be like a black hole. If you get too close... it might pull you in. And you disappear. I don't want to disappear.
-You won't.
Who was that woman on the bridge?
-The past.
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Someone always has to carry the pain, Libby. Well, now it's your turn.
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Uh, when was it, '02? Took down Big Pharma with this bad boy. The King Pharma crash was done from a 7792.
-Actually, I did it from a 7770. But who's counting?
You're Warchild? The Warchild?
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Would you rather have that in the hands of the Americans, the nation that never missed a war, or us, the nation who never went to war?

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jimg2000
Feb 14, 2019

***SPOILER ALERT***

1,780,099.
-What's that?
It's the answer to "The snow comes early this year." It's a number problem. Each letter is a number. So I figure out the big number, then I break it down into prime factors.
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"The trees fade in the mist."
13 23 31 115,751 1,943,629
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Are you not Lisbeth Salander... the righter of wrongs... the girl who hurts men
who hurt women? All those lucky ladies... wives... mothers... sisters. I could never figure it out. Why did you help everyone but me?
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I couldn't go back.
-Why?
You chose him.

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