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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (DVD Packaging) [DVD + Blu-ray]

Noomi Rapace , Michael Nyqvist , Niels Arden Oplev    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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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

Special Features

Blu-ray Exclusive Features:
  • Interview with Actress Noomi Rapace
  • Interview with Actor Michael Nyqvist
  • Theatrical Trailer

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fitting Follow-Through to a Great Novel Feb. 16 2011
By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
"Restless thoughts, like a deadly swarm of hornets arm'd, no sooner found alone, but rush upon me thronging." - the Poet John Milton

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Film Jan. 22 2011
By J. Tupone TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a fantastic foreign film. When I found it was in Swedish I didn't care to watch it, but after talking to a few individuals who thought highly of the novel I thought about it. It also received great reviews from several critics. Overall this is a great crime film and it's not like typical crime or mystery stories. The story is well written, the actors are well-chosen for the characters and the quality of the film is terrific.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No American Version Please Jan. 31 2011
i watched this movie last night and i could not take my eye's off the screen it was so intense i almost fell off the couch. when they took that prick away in handcuffs i was like crying with joy..i hope they do not make an american version because they will surely F*** it up... [sorry i had to do it]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Millenium 1-2-3 Oct. 25 2013
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Item shipped promplty and was received in good condition.
I've read the trilogy before watching the movies. and it made the understanding of a few scenes easier.
Good sweedish littérature and movies. I recommend both.
The movies feature mostly ordinary looking people and not much strikingly handsome stars.
Plot is elaborated, there is action, suspense, some unlikely twists and turns, the heroes suffer and the villains finally get it.
To watch it in Sweedish with English subtitles provides an exotic ambiance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a series Feb. 1 2013
By Denise
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If you can survive the subtitles it really is worth the watch. View the films in sequence though or you will miss out. Watched but not forgotten
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5.0 out of 5 stars Girl who kicked the Hornets Nest Jan. 21 2013
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This 3rd movie in the trilogy is not as violent as the first two. It is where the tables are turned and Lisbeth gets her day in court. I found myself cheering for her out loud as times! A great movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the girl who kicked the hornets nest Jan. 12 2013
By gaby
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apres avoir visionné le premier volume le second était de mise et j'ai aussi beaucoup aimé.
une histoire fascinante.j'aime bien la version originale et non pas l'américaine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bullying made easy Nov. 7 2012
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Interesting to see the movie in today's bullying context. Sub-titles seemed to make me pay more attention than usual. Will have to test that thesis on some other foreign-language films.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
It closely followed the book. A great read!!
Published 7 days ago by Alex McLennan
4.0 out of 5 stars These original version of the 3 movies are the best.
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 more
Published 22 days ago by Shaikh Ibraheem
1.0 out of 5 stars Unknown
I did not see the movie.
I requested a bilingual English/French and I received an English/Sweedish language. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Claroben01
3.0 out of 5 stars Far too much sexual content for my taste
While this is a great mystry storry it is too graphic in the sex scenes also enjoyed the Close Captioning All the documents are shown are in a forign
language which makes... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sarah Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars so sorry
had to return this movie is sub title and no good for me read the book and wanted to see the movie will keep looking for the english version
Published 23 months ago by Cherry blair
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I got the trilogy and a great price from amazon.They are very good movies- I guess thats why they were remade but not as well.
Published on June 17 2012 by marcia cormier
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
I have read all three novels and watched the first two on film. The actors are fantastic. Even though it is a Swedish film, the voice overs are exceptional. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2011 by DP
2.0 out of 5 stars by #3 in the series i was asleep
The problem is not maybe the movie but the source material (the book). There is too much telegraphing of what is coming. Whereas as the first movie (Girl... Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2011 by Brian Maitland
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