The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish Version) Trilogy and Surveillance

Here are the trailers for each movie to spark your interest:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:


The Girl Who Played with Fire:


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest:


Netflix is a website where you can view all three movies. Netflix
The titles of the movies are:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest


Research Question:
How do surveillance technologies help Lisbeth, the main character, throughout the trilogy?


+ Primary Sources Analysis:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy is really all surrounded by the life of the main character, Lisbeth Salander. Surveillance is a key tool to her throughout all three movies. In the first movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, surveillance is used throughout the movie. First, Lisbeth Salander, uses surveillance to surveil the other main character Mikael Blomkvist. She hacks into his computer and obtains all sorts of information on him. Some information she obtained were his personal bank statements, email and everything on his laptop. This is the first time we see Lisbeth using computer surveillance and hacking. At this beginning point in the movie, she is hacking Mikael Blomkvist’s computer and gaining information about him because it is her job at Milton Security. She is “the best research there is” as her boss stated in the movie. She is assigned this job because Henrik Vanger needs information on him to help him with the case about his missing niece Harriet Vanger. This story, of solving the case of Harriet Vanger’s disappearance is the main story for the first movie. Throughout the trilogy Lisbeth will go back to skills using computers. For example, in the second movie, The Girl Who Plays with Fire, Lisbeth uses her computer skills to hack her new guardian’s, Nils Bjurman, computer to make sure he is keeping with her demands. Additionally she hacked into his email and saw that he was trying to remove the “sadistic rapist pig” tattoo so she confronted him about that too. This is important because Lisbeth tattooed this phrase on him so everyone would know who he really is. After she was raped by him, she wanted payback, in a big way and she got it.

As well as computer surveillance being used in the first movie, video camera surveillance was used. When Mikael and Lisbeth noticed that someone broke into their little house they were staying at to work on Harriet’s case, Lisbeth got some cameras from her old job at Milton Security and put them up around the house. Later these cameras were beneficial because she used them to see where Mikael was when she found out that Martin Vanger was the one who gilled all those girls. By using these cameras, she was able to find out that Mikael was with Martin Vanger, and was able to save his life, because Martin was going to kill him.

In the third movie, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, the surveillance that was used was more that of people watching. This third movie is about Lisbeth and trying to clear her name of the charges that are against her in regard to her father. Lisbeth is closely watched during this trial. She is closely monitored because any evidence could be used against her. She did not want to come off as someone who was seeking revenge, but more so as a victim. Additionally when Lisbeth is in the hospital she is monitored by her doctors. They kept a close eye on her to make sure she was stable health wise. She did, after all, take a terrible blow to the head in the fight against her father at the end of the second movie.

+ So What:

My research could be directed to two audiences. If the audience is viewers and fans of this trilogy then the “so what” would be how the surveillance technology’s progression contributes to the whole story of Lisbeth Salander. As the story progresses, different surveillance technologies are needed. In the first movie surveillance technologies like video cameras are used to surveil the house that Lisbeth and Mikael stay in while working on the case of Harriet gone missing. In the second movie, security surveillance like the one Lisbeth has at her apartment is used so she can stay in hiding. In the third movie, the surveillance changes completely. The courts are now surveiling Lisbeth during the trial. They were watching her closely to see if she should be charged. veillance technologies are used in these trilogy movies and also my depiction on how it contributes to the whole story of Lisbeth Salander.

If the audience is just regular viewers that are not huge fans, but only the saw movies, the “so what” would be can these surveillance technologies be used in reality. Actually this could be important to both audiences. To the fans of the trilogy, because that could add or take away from the movies, whether or not the surveillance technologies are real. To the general audience, because it can show whether or not movies accurately portray the surveillance technologies, or if the movie is just fantasy. Through my research I have found that the technologies used in the movies could be used in reality. For example, the video cameras used in the first movie, are a common use for video surveillance. Additionally, I found out that just like in the second movie, there are current attempts to make a security system for a house or apartment that is linked to a cellular phone; one that could be activated and deactivated through the phone.

To the existing research I am adding a lot. There is not any research on the surveillance used in these trilogy movies. So I will really be adding all this information about what surveillance technologies are used in these trilogy movies and also my depiction on how it contributes to the whole story of Lisbeth Salander.

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