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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Noomi Rapace
Michael Nyqvist
Lena Endre.
Directors
Daniel Alfredson.
Screenwriters
Jonas Frykberg .
Running Time
148 minutes

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Millennium’s End


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Plot
Outlaw hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) awaits trial for attempted murder. Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) gathers evidence about her tragic past to help her case. A Swedish intelligence agency wants her silenced and her maniacal half-brother wants her dead.


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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
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Now this run of adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s novels is concluded — the series may have carried on but for his death — it feels like a self-contained film (Millennium: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) followed by one long movie split in two. Daniel Alfredson simultaneously directed The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest as a TV mini-series and two films; this picks up from a near-cliffhanger, the heroine traumatised after being shot in the head and buried alive. Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace), super-genius and spiky Goth punkette, is also finally in the hands of the authorities who have systematically ruined her life and faces recommittal to the asylum where she was abused. So, in the great serial tradition, things do not look good...

Unusually for a trilogy, this set offers three different styles: Dragon Tattoo is a leisurely mystery, Played With Fire is an action thriller, and Hornets’ Nest is a paranoid conspiracy tale with courtroom drama thrown in. Leftover business with Lisbeth’s evil father is settled unexpectedly and new villains are introduced to weave a web of menace, threat, assassination, subterfuge and double-dealing for journalist hero Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and imprisoned (but, crucially, online) Lisbeth to cope with. It’s jarring that moods change between films, but this is a more gripping piece than the middle movie. There’s even suspense as to how much of Lisbeth is still there after explicit brain surgery in the first act. She becomes even less communicative and is silent throughout preliminary interviews, only to show up in court (in clothes and make-up few defendants would risk) to reveal a new set of tactics for dealing with outclassed official men.

There’s still a Frankenstein half-brother (Micke Spreitz) to provide physical threat, but the Big Bad is a smug, paternalistic Establishment represented by geriatric spy-masters (think Evil George Smiley) and the supremely hateful Dr. Teleborian (Anders Ahlbom — even his beard is loathsome).The beating heart is still Rapace’s Lisbeth, whose pathological inability to trust or show gratitude feels near tragic. Rapace presents the greatest Swedish stone face since Garbo — which makes her tiny flickers of triumph, empathy or humour enormously affecting.


Verdict
A pick-up after the second film, if not as assured as the first. Rapace sets a high watermark for Rooney Mara in David Fincher’s remakes.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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Not much of a sting

Third and final instalment in the Millennium trilogy shifts the focus from the intriguing Lisbeth Salander to her journalist friend Mikael Blomkvist. With Salander in prison awaiting trial, it’s up to him to exonerate her and stop a cabal of powerful figures from letting her tell her true story. Rapace sits most of this one out and while there are a couple of good sequences, this is easily the least of the three films. ... More

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Posted by RJNeb2 at 00:33, 19 November 2014 | Report This Post


Equal to the first film...

Ive never really understood how this film can be placed within the same box as the girl who played with fire, I personally found this terrific and full on edge of the seat intense entertainment. Whilst not sharing the same completeness of dragon tattoo, the tension and what is at stake is amped up to a heart stopping degree making it a satisfying equal. The bittersweet ending is likely to linger in the viewers mind for a while as well as Rapace's terrific performance. ... More

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Posted by trainedasninja at 13:20, 01 July 2012 | Report This Post


The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

The final chapter answers your long-waited questions, but thats all it really does. The seperation of the two leads, the slow pacing, and the confusing (and boring) plot causes this film to go from punk thriller to courthouse drama. Still, for the most part, it's a pretty good courthouse drama thanks to the talented cast. ... More

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Posted by norgizfox at 05:05, 10 June 2012 | Report This Post


Better than the first film.

prefered this to the first film because it was more detailed and more fiathful to the book. Get the extended version on DVD. So much better. Each film is split into two, two hour parts. Superb ... More

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Posted by Shinymetalass at 10:56, 10 January 2012 | Report This Post


Better than the first film.

prefered this to the first film because it was more detailed and more fiathful to the book. Get the extended version on DVD. So much better. Each film is split into two, two hour parts. Superb ... More

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Posted by Shinymetalass at 10:56, 10 January 2012 | Report This Post


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Review

Slow and mostly devoid of the stellar chemistry between its two leads, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest is a disappointingly uneven conclusion to the Millennium trilogy. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 21:17, 13 December 2011 | Report This Post


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I didn't enjoy this as much as the first two.  Probably because Espeth? is not in the film as much.  The film centres more on the journalist.  While the actor is good i missed Noomi Replace simply because her performance is so central to the other films and she has made the character her own. I'll be interested to see what Rooney Mitri? does with the role.  Noomi will be a hard act to follow. Just to add that at nearly 2.5 hours the film was way too long for me.&nb... More

Posted by princessa at 19:46, 14 August 2011 | Report This Post


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