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The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

The final film in the Millennium Trilogy starring Noomi Rapace.

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  • Jun 12, 2011
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Stieg Larsson's world-wide best-seller third volume in his trilogy about Lisbeth Salander is undoubtedly far better than the film based on it. This generally happens with movies based on novel, because the book develops its characters better, the plot is augmented with more subplots, there is more relevant actions that add to the understanding of the characters and plot, and the suspense, therefore, is more palatable. This film however is very good. Both people who read the book and those who didn't will enjoy it. It presents the best of the story in an orderly and understandable fashion. The acting is excellent. There is drama and suspense when we watch the people trying to prove that Lisbeth is not insane, that she was persecuted and imprisoned in an insane asylum to hide the machinations of an illegal part of the government, and in the attempt to make this information public. We watch the old men of the infamous cabal trying to protect themselves by frightening and killing all who can testify against them and we wonder how they can be stopped.
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review by . December 10, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
The Endgame to Lisbeth Salander's Saga
Seeing as the American remake of the international blockbuster “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is in the horizon, I figured I should finish my coverage for the films based on Stieg Larsson’s Swedish thriller called the “Millennium Trilogy”. The first film was quite good and raw and while I wasn’t too impressed with the second part of the trilogy “The Girl Who Played with Fire”, I have to say that director Daniel Alfredson had finally found his flow …
review by . October 29, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
More Like She Ruffled It
THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST   Written by Jonas Frykberg   Directed by Daniel Alfredson   Starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist       If there is one girl out there who just keeps getting herself into more and more trouble, it is Lisbeth Salander.   First she goes and gets a great big dragon tattoo on her back and then, despite many lessons to the contrary, she goes and plays with some fire.  Now, I know Lisbeth …
Quick Tip by . June 07, 2013
Second and final sequel in the Millennium trilogy has Lisbeth recouping after nearly being murdered and facing an impeding trial where she could be re-institutionalized and Mikael needs to dig deep to uncover a massive conspiracy between her and special services in Sweeden's government. High drama for sure in this more politically charged finale to the series but the heroes being a step ahead of the villains kills the tension.
Quick Tip by . February 15, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Of the film adaptations of Stieg Larrson's Millennium Trilogy, this finale is definitely my favorite. Finally, all the pieces of the mystery/conspiracy come together in a totally satisfying, although predictable way. This third film isn't nearly as suspenseful as the first two, but the emotional closure we get as we discover how Lisbeth Salander overcomes her past and the people who have abused her more than makes up for it. As someone who came to this series a little disappointed by how …
Quick Tip by . October 30, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I'll leave it to the social philosophers of the NY Times to tell us what this movie means (and they have,) I just thought it was a pretty good way to spend Friday night. Here's what I liked: the masterminds are all geriatrics. When was the last time you've seen an 80 year old hit man? It's more a police procedural than a an action flick, and after the bloody business of The Girl Who Played with Fire that came as a blessed relief. Justice prevails and redemption follows. I saw the movie in Seattle, …
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Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of twenty books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four … more
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Director: Daniel Alfredson
Genre: Crime, Drama, Foreign, Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: October 29, 2010 (US)
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 147 minutes
Studio: Zodiak Entertainment, Music Box Films
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