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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
Reviewed by
Simon Black
on
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest DVD Review The final instalment in the Millennium series has received the most mixed reviews of any instalment thus far, with the general consensus being that it is a fairly languid conclusion to a riveting tale.
Rating:
3.5

Feature 7.0
Video 8.5
Audio 9.0
Special Features 4.0
Total 7.0
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time: 141 Minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black
Classification
: MA15+

7.0


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornetsí Nest

The final thriller to be based on Stieg Larssonís monumentally popular trilogy of novels, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornetsí Nest sees the incomparable Lisbeth Salander (played to a t by the incomparable Noomi Rapace) hospitalised with numerous injuries inflicted by her father Alexander, and as if that isnít enough the feisty heroine is also set to face trial for murder.  Itís up to ever-intrepid Mikael Blomqvist (Michael Nyqvist) to uncover the reasons for Lisbethís seemingly shoddy treatment by Swedish authorities, and possibly just save her life, and his own, in the process. 

The final instalment in the Millennium series has received the most mixed reviews of any instalment thus far, with the general consensus being that it is a fairly languid conclusion to a riveting tale.  Time magazine declared it the finest film of the series, and The Daily Mirror, ever circumspect, went one step further in acclaiming it as Ďthe thriller of the decade.í  Time Out, however, stated Ďa more apt title would be The Girl Who Sat Quietly in a Dimly Lit Roomí, and with a 52% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes this latter encapsulation would seem more indicative of critical reaction as a whole. 

The truth, though, probably lies somewhere in between these two extremes.  Hornetsí Nest isnít as awash with the same calibre of engrossing drama, snappy dialogue and unexpected narrative convolutions as its predecessors, though itís a more fitting and accomplished conclusion to one of the most rapturously received trilogies of the 21st century than many of its more tepid reviews would seem to suggest.  True the pivotal character of Lisbeth Salander is largely squandered, her sassy outbursts and unquenchable spirit for adventure necessarily curtailed by her medical woes, not least of which is a bullet in the brain, and Nyqvistís Mikael does seem oddly inert.  Ultimately however those who have read the books, or seen the preceding two filmic adaptations, will need to watch this one, and as far as bringing the series to a satisfying conclusion and whetting appetites for the impending US adaptation, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornetsí Nest is far from a failure. 

Special Features

Interview with Noomi Rapace

Interview with Michael Nyqvist

Theatrical Trailer






 
 



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