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I saw all three of the Swedish versions of this trilogy, and liked them in decreasing order - the first was the best. I did not read the books, and now probably won't. However, there will be no way not to compare the Swedish version to the American version, so I'll have some comparisons.

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Loretta, I streamed all three of Swedish versions of this trilogy, until Netflix issued their price increase, so I cancelled their streaming service after only watching three movies. I also recently saw the American version with Rooney Mara who seemed, to me, to very closely match the androgynous appearance and conduct of Noomi Repace.

However I was very taken by the subway mugging scene, where in the Swedish version three muggers attacked Elisabeth with one of them pinning her arms behind her back and the other two beating on her head and body. And very quickly, she broke out of that weakened position, and proceeded to beat up on the muggers, until they turned and ran away.

In the American version the subway scene was changed into a snatch and grab of her laptop computer, which she was able to recover by some tricky moves on an escalator. My conclusion from the Swedish version was that three men against Elisabeth was just about a fair fight, maybe the three-on-one fight scene with Rooney wouldn't have seemed as realistic.

The preview of "Haywire" makes the case for male/female hand-to-hand combat, with a female advantage by using Gina Carano, a female professional cage fighter with 7 victories and one debatable loss to a steroid using opponent. She was "Crush" on the "American Gladiators" NBC TV show. She is an attractive women not beautiful like most Hollywood starlets, but has speed and the moves beyond what a model or a non-athletic actress would possess.

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