Saturday, 14 May 2011

DVD Review: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

Rating: 7.3/10 - Very Good

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest is the third and final movie based on the best-selling Millennium novel series by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson’s. The third and final installment of the trilogy unravels carefully guarded state secrets and conspiracies and ties everything up into a neat conclusion.

Director: Daniel Alfredson. Writers: Stieg Larsson (novel) and Ulf Ryberg (Screenplay). Producer: Klaus Bassiner and Søren Stærmose. Cinematography: Peter Makrosinsky. Editor: Håkan Karlsson. Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Erika Berger, Annika Giannini, Christer Malm and Malin Erikson. Running time: 148 minutes: Rated: R for strong violence. Genre: Crime/Thriller.
According to in the first film Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) teamed up with journalist Mikael Blomkvis (Michael Nyqvist) to capture a killer and expose a conspiracy; in the second she was on the run, falsely accused of three murders, set up by her own father.

The third film begins where the previous one, The Girl Who Played With Fire, left off. Lisbeth Salandar is air lifted to a hospital after having been shot in the shoulder, hip and head and buried half alive by her father (an old Russian spy the government will do anything to protect). This movie largely takes place in court, where Lisbeth is on trial for the attempted murder of her father; an elaborate scheme ensues to get Lisbeth locked up in a mental institute where their secrets will be kept safe forever. Michael meanwhile is preparing a special issue of his magazine, Millenium, dedicated to demanding justice for Lisbeth. A 75 page article is what I call dedicated journalism. On the dark side a secret network of spies are doing everything they can to stop the article from being published. Lisbeth is meanwhile plotting her own revenge against the evil organization, while her lawyer (Michael’s sister) does everything in her power to help Lisbeth be set free (I’m sure Lisbeth’s punk/rock/goth outfits did not help her case).

I would have liked to see Michael and Lisbeth have more scenes together as a lot of the movie involves their special relationship, but as previously mentioned the film is based on the novel and I guess it was written that way.

According to David Fincher (The Social Network and Fight Club) is set to direct the American version of the trilogy. I can’t wait to see the combined masterpiece that will come forth from combining the talented storytelling of Stieg Larsson with the plot revealing expertise of David Fincher.

VERDICT: A riveting thriller about government conspiracies and mental and physical torture. If you have a taste for the violent world of spies and the people that get caught in the middle, then this is a movie for you. I do recommend you see the first two installments first.

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.

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