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Earlier this week, a bootlegged version of the international red-band (read: for mature audiences) trailer for David Fincher’s remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hit the interwebs… and everyone flipped out. In a good way. I saw the preview before it was eventually taken down by The Powers That Be at Sony, and the good news is that it’s almost exactly the same as the official green-band version below — minus a teeny bit of nudity. While I’m still a bit depressed that American moviegoers can’t seem to fully embrace the Swedish films that were adapted from Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novels, I have to admit that I was won over by the US trailer’s quick, dark, snippets; Karen O and Trent Reznor’s “Immigrant Song” cover; and the absolutely perfect all-caps tagline at the end. Plus, I love me some Daniel Craig.
Those of you who’ve seen the Swedish original will probably agree with me that from what we’ve been shown of Fincher’s version so far, it doesn’t look that different. But hey, Let Me In wasn’t too far off from Let the Right One In, either, and it still worked. As Fincher is one of my favorite directors, I am really excited to see how he handles this intensely dark story. I mean, it’s right up there with Seven as far as “sick and twisted” goes, so he should be in his glory. For the two people reading this who somehow avoided The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo… in short, it’s about a journalist (Daniel Craig) and a hacker (Rooney Mara) who team together to solve a murder-mystery at the behest of a rich old guy (Christopher Plummer). And let’s just say things get mighty freaky.
On to the poster, which was also just released. I think it’s pitch-perfect as well. Edgy, boundary-pushing (though toned down from the international version), immediately attention-grabbing.
I actually wasn’t able to finish Stieg Larsson’s trilogy upon which the Swedish films, and now the US remakes, are based. Just found them too disturbing and threw in the towel in the middle of the second book. Having said that, even though I’m positive I’ll have to cover both my ears and eyes during a few particularly violent scenes that are sure to remain in Fincher’s version, I’m all in for the Feel-Bad Movie of Christmas on December 21.
Don’t forget, redbox has all three of the original Swedish Millennium trilogy film:
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
- The Girl Who Played with Fire, on DVD and Blu-ray
- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
More redbox movies from the team behind The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake: