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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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Fede Alvarez

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David Lagercrantz (based on the novel by), Stieg Larsson (with characters introduced in the Millenium series by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Lisbeth Salander
Beau Gadsdon Beau Gadsdon ... Young Lisbeth Salander
Sverrir Gudnason ... Mikael Blomkvist
Lakeith Stanfield ... Ed Needham
Sylvia Hoeks ... Camilla Salander
Carlotta von Falkenhayn Carlotta von Falkenhayn ... Young Camilla Salander
Stephen Merchant ... Frans Balder
Christopher Convery ... August Balder
Claes Bang ... Jan Holtser
Synnøve Macody Lund Synnøve Macody Lund ... Gabriella Grane
Cameron Britton ... Plague
Vicky Krieps ... Erika Berger
Andreja Pejic ... Sofia
Mikael Persbrandt ... Alexander Zalachenko
Thomas Wingrich Thomas Wingrich ... Grane's Home Security
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Storyline

In Stockholm, Sweden, vigilante hacker Lisbeth Salander is hired by computer programmer Frans Balder to retrieve Firefall, a program capable of accessing the world's nuclear codes that he developed for the National Security Agency, as Balder believes it is too dangerous to exist. Lisbeth successfully retrieves Firefall from the NSA's servers, attracting the attention of agent Edwin Needham, but is unable to unlock it, and the program is later stolen from her by mercenaries led by Jan Holtser, who also attempt to kill Lisbeth. When she doesn't attend their scheduled rendezvous, Balder mistakenly believes Lisbeth decided to keep Firefall for herself and contacts Gabrielle Grane, the deputy director of the Swedish Security Service (Säpo), who moves Balder and his young son August to a safe-house. Meanwhile, Needham tracks the unauthorized login to Stockholm and arrives to seek Lisbeth and Firefall..

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Past Never Forgets See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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UK | Germany | Sweden | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl in the Spider's Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,810,112, 11 November 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,808,138, 13 December 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Fede Alvarez brought together director of photography Pedro Luque Briozzo, costume designer Carlos Rosario and composer Roque Baños with whom he had previously collaborated on his two previous films, Evil Dead and Do not Breathe. See more »

Goofs

When the 2 cars are on the bridge by the port, the front car stops at an angle. When the man gets out of the car to shoot, the car is now straight, later it is shown back at the angle again. See more »

Quotes

Husband: Who the hell are you?
Lisbeth Salander: [Lisbeth knocks the massive statue in front of her, which has been hooked up to a rope that goes around the man's foot and pulls him up hanging upside down] I'm a fan of yours. A CEO who beat up two prostitutes, but then got acquitted in court yesterday.
Husband: Get me down!
Lisbeth Salander: And now I'll be transferring 20% of your bank account to these two girls...
Wife: You won't get away with this, I'm calling Delta Security!
Lisbeth Salander: ...the rest I'm transferring to your wife. Account number?
Husband: Don't!
Wife: 5-1-9-1-2.
Lisbeth Salander:
[...]
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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. See more »

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Visually entertaining with its direction but lacking in plot and its darker tone from Dragon Tattoo movie.
9 November 2018 | by cruise01See all my reviews

The Girl in the Spider's Web (4 out of 5 stars).

The Girl in the Spider's Web is the next entry in the Millenium book series which follows up after David Fincher's film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. With a brand new casts, a new direction, and definitely out of order from the book series. Fede Alvarez direction is a visually entertaining piece, Claire Foy performance as Lisbeth Salander was not as bad, and the plot felt a little different from the others. I will say David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is still the greatest film from Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara performance, and the electronic music score from Atticus Ross. Everything from that was missing in this film.

The plot follows Lisbeth (Claire Foy) were she is assigned to steal a program from NSA programmer Edwin (LaKeith Stanfield). When she is double crossed and a group called "spiders" steals it from her. She asks for Mikael (Sverrir Gudnason) help on investigating who this group is and how are they link to Lisbeth. When Lisbeth discovers that her past and mysterious sister Camilla (Sylvia Hoeks) has something to do with setting Lisbeth up.

The plot was still entertaining. Less complex than the dragon tattoo movie. And shorter with more action. Also, what I really enjoyed about this film was Lisbeth Salander is a bada** character who tries to protect women and the innocent people. From the opening moments, were she beats and blackmail a guy cause he was abusing his wife. And she empties all his funds to give to his wife. She is that antihero, she is a hacker who would steal a car, escape the police, and do whatever she can to get what she wants.

There is more action in this film than the others. A group of bad guys break into Lisbeth's warehouse. She avoids danger. She escapes the police by riding her motorcycle onto a frozen lake which was a cool sequence. Then, the climatic fight with her being trapped in a house with the bad guys and going head to head with her sister Camilla.

Fede Alvarez direction is entertaining. It is visually exciting from the set drop of locations in Sweden. Bike chases, fight scenes, and more escaping from the bad guys and running. The plot was different. The music score did not add anything to the tone of the movie like David Fincher's film did. Nor was the plot complex with a layered story.

Overall, The Girl with the Spider's Web is a good crime thriller film. Claire Foy was good as the character. Sverrir Gudnason was okay as Mikael, his role felt undeveloped. Sylvia Hoeks was good playing as the villain. Fede Alvarez does build its dark tone with its visual direction. And the plot is a forgettable one.


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