The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest: Movie Review
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest
Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist
Director: Daniel Alfredson
So, the final part of the Millennium Trilogy arrives on the big screen.
In the third film based on Stieg Larsson's books, the action takes up just
moments after the close of the second film. Lisbeth Salander is being choppered
to hospital, shot repeatedly and on the brink of death after tracking down her
father Alexander Zalachenko and exacting her revenge.
Facing charges of attempted murder, Salander is trapped - with the police
wanting to hurry her trial along and with the shadowy cabal The Section
determined to get rid of her before their existence becomes known, her prospects
don't look good.
But as ever, her faithful friend and journalist of the Millennium magazine
Mikael Blomkvist (the ever stoic faced Nyqvist) is determined to clear her
However, his quest for justice this time could come at a very high personal
cost as those planning the conspiracy are getting closer to achieving their
I'll freely admit that I've never been blown away by these films - sure, The
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was a good watch but the sequel The Girl Who Played
With Fire was a bit of a disappointment with its penchant for car chases.
However, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest is a triumphant end to the
trilogy - and while some will be put off by the lack of action, the tension in
this one is nail biting.
Sure, with most of it
taking place in drab corridors, inside a hospital or a courtroom, there's a lot
more expected of the actors - and the main duo Rapace and Nyqvist deliver in
Their performances this time around are not showy - they're subtle, layered
and peppered with looks and glances which tell you everything you need to know
about the characters. Both throw in extremely watchable turns - with Nyqvist
making his Blomkvist doggedly determined to clear his friend's name and Rapace
saying so much by physically saying so little. It's credit to this pair - who
once again, unfortunately spend so much time apart (as the story dictates) that
you care so much how it ends.
Yet, it's the story which is more of the star this time (one character even
remarks "It's like a classic Greek tragedy") as the various threads are drawn
together in the web of decades old conspiracy, the drama is tautly pulled
together; so much so that at the devastating end in the courtroom, the
restrained directing and story telling works so much better because of it.
The best moment of this film though is the final scene - beautifully
poignantly played and not at all what you'd expect given the journey these two
share, it is a wonderful testament to the end of the trilogy - and one can only
hope that the forthcoming Hollywood remake doesn't abandon it for something much
more showy and crowd pleasing.