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Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.
The Millennium Group invite an ex FBI profiler who has the ability to sight the evil of the mind of serial killers. The Millennium Group is an ancient group of people with special abilities to see good and evil.
After a sex-trafficking expose is written by journalist Mikael Blomkvist, cyberpunk hacker Lisbeth Salander is framed for three brutal murders. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander's innocence, must work to bring her justice.
The complete mini-series has been issued on Blu-ray & DVD in North America, but marketed as 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition' and has a complete running time of 558 minutes. See more »
A tremendous improvement over the original film adaptation
As much as I loved the original film adaptation, and I definitely loved that, the six episode Swedish mini-series contains much more information, much more emotional depth and breadth, and is a much more rewarding experience for the viewer.
Even the addition of long slow closeups of Lisbeth Salander are filled with meaning, emotion, and add greatly to our understanding of her character and her history. Noomi Rapace knocked this one right out of the park. Often, her performance was so strong I found myself actually holding my breath.
With the additional scenes, not footage, by the way, actual intended scenes, we get more of the investigations, and that proves ultimately to be so much more rewarding.
The "Millennium Trilogy" may just end up being my all time favorite adaptation of one of my all time favorite series of novels.
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