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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Should Hollywood Have Made It?

Are you a fan of violent Swedish detective stories featuring men who hate women and women who don't seem to care too much for men either?

Then this is the Reckoning for you.

Stieg Larsson's mega-hit, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has been adapted for the screen and features Daniel Craig as bland Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, the person who does most of the actual stuff in the series while Blomkvist wonders idly what she's up to. It's set to hit theatres on 12/21.

But wait, you say, a movie? Didn't that already come out? Why yes, in fact, a Swedish version of the film came out in 2009 featuring Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist in the title roles. The whole series is available on Netflix instant streaming as I type.

Hollywood has claimed that the movie is not a remake of the Swedish film, but a different adaptation of the same source material. But this isn't Hamlet. How many possible interpretations of events could there be?

So Reckonauts: will you spend the $15 it costs to see this movie in the theatre? Or will you save yourself the trouble of sneaking your concessions into the theatre and skip the revenge rape this holiday season?

Reckoning Results!
WINNER!
Not Gonna Happen
Already Bought My Ticket
One Film Is Enough!
Feel Good Holiday Hit!
72.7%
(24)
27.3%
(9)
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Reckoning Comments!

The original Swedish movie was good.  It's probably not one I'd take the fam to for a 'we're Jewish-and-it's-Christmas-so-let's-eat-Chinese-food-and-go-to-the-movies' outing, what with all the sexual violence and all.  Also, I'm not Jewish, so it would be a 'I'm-not-Jewish-but-it's-Christmas-and-it's-still-a-good-day-to-go-see-a-movie' outing.

But I actually think the US version will also be pretty good.  It's David Fincher, after all, and he's on a roll.  I've forgiven him for Panic Room.  It took ten years and The Social Network to do it, but I've finally forgiven him.


I read the book, saw the Swedish versions, but the new version looks really good.  Can't wait to hear what Trent Raznor did for the soundtrack.


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