Film Review: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

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Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist in 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest' (2009).(Photo: IMDb)
Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist in 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest' (2009).(Photo: IMDb)


This is the third and final installment of the “Millennium” trilogy, Swedish films that are going to be remade in Hollywood for those who can’t read subtitles. In this last installment, Noomi Rapace continues her wonderful portrayal of the enigmatic and brilliant Lisbeth Salander. And there is even more we learn about her childhood that appalls us.

Lisbeth is found in intensive care in a Swedish city hospital. She has been shot in the head and buried for dead, but she manages to emerge from her grave and is now seeking revenge. She is the daughter of the guy who abused her as a child and attempted to have her killed.

Many twists unfold in this very complicated story that features abuse, violence, and corrupted government officials. Lisbeth ends up being accused and tried for murder. Mikael Blomkvist, played by Michael Nyqvist, is featured as the journalist who investigates her case and tries to save her, endangering his own and his partner’s lives. They are trying to prove her innocence and, along the way, discover a lethal crime ring in the national government.

Rico: The films are gritty, loaded with violence and murders and many scenes that are hard to watch – but they are all very well done. I don’t know if you have to be a sadist to like them, but it might help. If the plot sounds confusing, it is. But the series has been quite successful.

Joyce: I’m certainly not a sadist but it pays to be prepared for a very tragic tale. This one, to me, was not as violent visually, but of course, psychologically, it is sometimes hard to watch. It is powerful. All the roles are done very effectively. This is a well-done and well-written trilogy and you will probably be pretty satisfied at the outcome.