The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest / Millénium 3 (Bilingual)
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It takes a while, but the saga of one of the more fascinating characters put on the page or the screen in recent years comes to a satisfying conclusion with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, the last installment of the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's so-called "Millennium Trilogy." That character is Lisbeth Salander, the computer-hacking, Goth-loving, dark angel of revenge, played by Noomi Rapace with the same black stare and taciturn charisma that were so riveting in the first two films (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire, both also released in 2010).
When we last saw her, Lisbeth was trying to kill her father, a Russian defector and abusive monster; in the process, the girl was seriously wounded by her half-brother, a hulking freak with a strange condition that renders him impervious to physical pain. As the new film opens, all three are still alive, and she's being taken to a hospital to recover while waiting to stand trial for attempted murder. Meanwhile, her champion and erstwhile lover, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), sets about uncovering the full extent of the conspiracy responsible for (among other crimes) Lisbeth's being sent to an asylum at age 12 while her father was protected by evil forces within the government.This investigation, which puts not only Lisbeth but also Blomkvist and his colleagues in considerable danger, leads to "the Section," a thoroughly repellent bunch of aging liars, killers, thieves, and perverts with a great many secrets they'd like to keep (the oily Dr. Peter Teleborian, who was responsible for Lisbeth's "treatment" as a child, emerges as the most vile antagonist since the guardian who brutally assaulted her in the first film).
Although much of the exhaustive detail about these and other matters has been eliminated by director Daniel Alfredson (who also helmed The Girl Who Played with Fire) and screenwriters Jonas Frykberg and Ulf Ryberg for the purpose of adapting the novel to the screen, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is still quite long (148 minutes), and less kinetic and violent than the earlier films; there are some exciting sequences, but Lisbeth, previously an unlikely but magnetic action heroine, is seen mostly on a hospital bed or in a courtroom, and much of the film is spent on procedural matters. Still, the fact that the loose ends are wrapped up in fairly conventional fashion doesn't make the conclusion any less satisfying. In fact, the only real letdown comes from knowing that we won't get to see Noomi Rapace play Lisbeth Salander again. --Sam Graham
Blu-ray Exclusive Features:
- Interview with Actress Noomi Rapace
- Interview with Actor Michael Nyqvist
- Theatrical Trailer
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I watched this movie recently and found it to be a worthy companion to an already outstanding modern novel. Nothing like being able to visualize a well-crafted crime thriller with all its drama and suspense. Here are some of my observations about this performance that a potential viewer might want to be aware of in viewing this production:
A. [T]he singsong qualities of spoken Swedish should not get in the way of following the story. In fact, I found the accompanying Swedish voices to make the subtitles easier to follow. They seemed to give the dialogue a nice lilt;
B. [T]he film is a fairly accurate rendition of the novel on three counts: the plot line is easy to follow; the main characters come through as authentic in their many encounters with complex issues; and the tempo was a similar pace;
C. [T]he film expresses a similar intensity of interpersonal conflict described in the novel. It is the same raw fear and loathing that carries the film through to a meaningful conclusion and makes the original novel a captivating read;
D. [T]he acting matches the character's roles in the novel: Lis Salander is that same brooding, tortured person in both preentations;
E. Read the novel first and get a sense of what Larsson is trying to tell his reader about the problems facing modern Swedish society. After that the movie becomes a kind of cinematic reward for wrestling with a complex tale about the disturbing and often dark side of the national conscience.
I would recommend this film for anyone and I have doubts that the upcoming Hollywood version (to be released in 2011) will be anywhere near as great given the cast that has been chosen. I would recommend watching the original Swedish version.
But here we get back into deeper themes, back into Lisbeth Sander's head. There's less action, but more psychology and complex behavior, and that's where the strength of the trilogy lies. There are fight scenes, sure, but the most intense scenes are the film's courtroom battles, and it's almost as scary to think that Lisbeth may self-destruct, as that others may destroy her.
Noomi Rapace does her best work of the trilogy here. We get Lisbeth's stone exterior, but there are always just enough hints of the damaged little girl she was to keep her heartbreaking. Her long but filled silences, and minimal dialogue betray how painful it is for her to even try to trust other human beings. The series theme's about the damage that men do to women comes back to the forefront, and we're less in a thriller than a character study with thrills.
I still think the first film, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" felt the most gritty and real. The scope of the bad guys was less theatrical, the conspiracies more believable because they're more limited, less grandiose. But as a conclusion to the three act opera, this is pretty damn solid, and certainly stuck with me in the days after I saw it.
The second (Girl...Fire) was just plain stupid especially given how Lisbeth escapes from being buried alive and the Jaws-like (007 James Bond references r us) parody of a villain can feel no pain. This one is a straight procedural taking place mainly in offices, courts, hospitals and jail cells. The story feels confined like its setting.
Sorry, but after the first movie I was expecting way more from this series and it deteriorated into just repeating everything over and over again. The thing was way too obvious and wrapped up way too easily. The ambiguity the first film played with just got lost over the next two films as the focus was way too much on Lisbeth's life itself whereas the first one the focus was on how Lisbeth and the Swedish journalist team up to bring down a Nazi.
Just a side note--there are zeros extras on this. All they had were trailers of other movies. Bor and ing.
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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest is a good movie with some suspense. At first, I got a little bored, another one of those plots. Read morePublished 3 months ago by marcus welby
arrived earlier than anticipated....very happy....thank you...Published 6 months ago by Graeme Marsland
Not often you find a movie, made of several continuous episodes, which are each in its own right able to keep your attention and interest. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Shaikh Ibraheem
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I requested a bilingual English/French and I received an English/Sweedish language. Read more
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