The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018)

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Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.

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8 November 2018 | jwwalrath-227-85487
7
| Weakest Millennium film, but not a write-off
After the American "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" did just okay at the box office, I'm guessing that the studio got worried about how they'd handle another one. This film is clearly made to be more American audience friendly and switched from a semi-down-to-Earth thriller to more traditional action film. This is far from a pure adaptation and the events and characters of the book have become simplified. I feel that this is a poor Millennium movie but as an action movie its not half-bad.

I gave "The Girl in the Spider's Web" this rating based on the intellectual side of me that wants to give others an honest appraisal and recognizes the fault in the script. The movie jumps from plot point to point too quickly without much substance, and Blomkvist, one of the two main characters in the books, is treated as an afterthought here. Though, I must admit I didn't mind at all the change to Lisbeth's past and her dynamic with her sister. I rather felt it worked here.

The fun side of me, would've bumped this up a point. The visual presentation is pretty darn good. Director Fede Alvarez, who did the Evil Dead remake and Don't Breathe has honed his skills in dark action visuals. I found there to be some pretty impressive and at times freaky imagery in this. The fight scenes, though often brief, are well executed. As a whole, the movie looks good in general with a couple really nice shots.

Though Claire Foy does an admirable job as a decent job as Lisbeth Salander, she doesn't compare to Noomi Rapace or Mara Rooney. (Same can be said for the guy who played Blomkvist.) In fairness to Foy, the film pulls more punches as Lisbeth's anti-social/on-the-spectrum traits are toned down and the character feels a bit more average. Props should be give to Sylvia Hoeks as the villain. She is effectively unsettling.

This movie will probably infuriate some fans. It's impure. I would actually recommend this more to casual viewers.

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Trivia

The color palette of the film is black (darkness), red (blood) and white (light and snow). In opposition to Claire Foy, who is black from head to toe, Sylvia Hoeks carry hair of an extremely light blonde, almost albino. The actress also faded up her eyebrows as much as possible.


Quotes

Lisbeth Salander: I couldn't go back.
Camilla Salander: Why?
Lisbeth Salander: I don't know.
Lisbeth Salander: You chose him.


Goofs

The notion of a program that cannot be copied only moved makes little sense.

A file move operation reads the file from the source location and creates a copy at the destination location. It then marks the original file for deletion by the operating system on the source computer. The computer that is doing the copying cannot force the source computer to delete the file, only mark it as such.

The computer that is holding the source file has no control over the computer that is writing the copy of the file to the destination location, It cannot force the destination computer to erase its copy if the deletion of the original file fails.

The notion that only one copy of a program can exist is possible if all computers have software can control the copy, such that it will not finalise the copy until the source location is securely erased, this is often classed as Digital Rights Management software.

In the context of the film transferring a file across many computers, where each one would not be under the scope of such DRM software means any one of those servers could have taken a copy and the notion a file can only exist in one place and a second copy cannot be created is not possible.


Alternate Versions

In Singapore; the theatrical release was edited in order to obtain an NC16 classification (after the uncut version was passed M18); the distributor chose to remove brief sexual images in three scenes (sight of two characters having sex on a mobile phone screen, a shot of full female nudity and some discreet sexual images in a nightclub). The film remains uncut in all other countries worldwide.


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Virga
Written by
Adam Beyer and Ida Engberg
Performed by Adam Beyer & Ida Engberg
Courtesy of Drumcode
Under license from Wixen Music UK Ltd.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller

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