The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest Movie Review

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest Movie Review


Director Daniel Alfredson tells the end of the tale of Lisbeth Salander, the smart but skewed heroine of Stieg Larsson’s series in this upcoming movie.

The action is a little less and the mental game is a little higher than the other movies in this series taken from late Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s bestselling books. The finale to Lisbeth Salander’s story is excellent. Lisbeth, played by actress Noomi Rapace, tough punk that she is, has become a latter day heroine.

Alfredson’s directorial debut with this trilogy was the second box office movie, “The Girl Who Played With Fire”. He does a great job of getting the audience closer to the character who keeps all of her human connections to a minimum as she’s been so badly hurt in life.

This new movie release begins with Lisbeth on her deathbed, after being shot in the head by her half-brother – a half-brother she never knew she had. This movie on the new movies list dwells on Lisbeth’s prison sentence, recovery in the hospital, and courtroom drama rather than on the violence of the previous films. It focuses more on social issues than the other movies in the series did.

This seems to be the best way to finish up Lisbeth’s tale without losing the tension of the movie. The writers of the movies,(Nikolai Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg wrote the first, Jonas Frykberg wrote the second, and Ulf Ryberg, wrote the current movie), have cleverly kept the movies down to the bare necessities, which makes Larsson’s dense plot easier to understand.

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who plays the other important character in the film, Mikael Blomkvist, is not much like Larsson’s character. Lena Endre playing Erika Berger, Blomkvist’s lover, is even less defined than her character in the book. Since Lisbeth is kept down in this latest film, both of these other two characters have more room to bloom.

In the first two movies, Lisbeth is a computer hacker, hand to hand combatant and can disappear without a trace. In this movie she is stuck in various scenes like a hospital room and a courtroom. Alfredson removes some of the things in her life that have allowed Lisbeth to hide.

As Lisbeth becomes more and more exposed to the audience, the changes are both exhilarating and painful. This is the first time that Lisbeth has had to rely much on other people and the director has done better in this movie with Lisbeth’s awful past than other director’s have done in past movies.

The real edge in the movie comes from history’s legacy of the gathering of evil forces. The Russian spy unit to which her defector father belonged comes back into action as several of its former members come out of retirement.

In a parallel plot, Lisbeth’s half brother, Niedermann, played by Mikael Spreitz, is a monster who has a genetic deformity that causes him to feel no pain. Because he’s in the film you know there will be blood and guts in the movie. The worst bad guy in the movie is Dr. Peter Teleborian, Lisbeth’s old psychiatrist.

Cinematographer Peter Mokrosinski produces a cool, stripped bare atmosphere in the movie. It’s a good complement to Alfredson’s efficiency in the movie.

All of the other movies are felt in ”The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”. When the end arrives, it is exactly as it should be.


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