What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this subtitled Swedish thriller has lots of violent, disturbing images and frightening characters. Murderous rages, execution-style killing, and fights to the death occur with increasing frequency. Deaths (many close up) are caused by gunshot, machine gun fire, industrial equipment, an axe, and hand-to-hand combat. While some women are portrayed as almost superhuman and heroic, others are voiceless victims of sexual depravity and cruelty. Though there's less sexuality in this third movie based on author Steig Larsson's wildly popular trilogy than in the earlier two, sexual abuse and exploitation are still the basis for the film's primary story line, and flashbacks to the earlier films reveal a shadowy sexual attack. A young women is partially nude, seen from behind. Occasional coarse language includes "s--t" and "f--king."
- Families can talk about explicit violence in films, especially R-rated movies often seen by teens. How much is necessary to show the incredible evil of the villain, or the hero's prowess and courage? When does it cross the line and become exploitative?
- Lisbeth Salander is a defiant young woman. Why do you think she chose to appear in court looking as she did? What do some people hope to achieve by shocking the world around them?
- Does seeing this film make you question your initial response to people who look different from you? Can you think of some instances in which you've been surprised by how wrong your first impression was?
- The role of the media, specifically the press, is an important part of this story. The author of the book it's based on, Stieg Larsson, was a reporter who wrote about controversial issues. How could you find out more about Larsson and how his real life work related to the story he chose to tell?