Film Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet\’s Nest (2011)

| 1 March , 2011 | Reply

Keeva Stratton, Quip Creative

Directed By: Daniel Alfredson
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist
(Based on the third book in the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson)

In this, the final chapter of the popular Steig Larsson series, the story begins at the conclusion of the previous film, with Lisbeth Salander (Rapace) being flown to hospital —having been shot and bludgeoned — and facing a fight for both her life and her innocence. Also at the hospital, in a critical condition, is her estranged father, Zalachenko, who remains under the protection of a secret government group who hid his identity at the sacrifice of Salander many years before. But following his reckless behaviour, Zalachenko may no longer be as protected as he thinks.

With the help of female rights lawyer (Blomkvist\’s sister) Annika, who is representing her, Salander\’s trial begins — and so does the unravelling of a 15 year conspiracy. Mikael Blomkvist (Nyqvist) and the team at Millennium are hard at work trying to piece together the pieces to this deeply buried mystery, but as they fight to reveal government secrets, they end up putting themselves in the line of some fairly sophisticated fire.

The film, like the book, is focused on tying up loose ends. With the Salander case beginning to unravel, and the long-buried secret government group (known as ‘the section\’) whose conspiracy to protect Zalachenko has cost Salander her freedom from the age of 12, finally being investigated, fans will finally get some long-awaited answers—and justice.

Unfortunately, out of the three films, this appears the most dependant on a working knowledge of the books. The sheer number of characters and the interwoven plot seems to operate under the assumption that the audience has an already established familiarity from the novels and previous films, and as such, it would struggle to work as an individual film.

What you cannot help but enjoy about these films however, is their fresh take on a female heroine—Salander is unique, strong and provides a relatable persona for a frustrated and disenfranchised youth. She manages to successfully evade many of the clichés associated with a sexual assault victim, and is instead empowered through her knowledge, resilience and skill.

Fans of the book will no doubt enjoy seeing their anti-establishment heroine take on her David and Goliath battle in true punk-like style. There is undeniable satisfaction to be had in watching the unravelling of crooked government figures, as they meet their demise as the hands of a slightly built female, whose intellect prevails. And while this concludes the Swedish series of film, which, on the whole, have more than adequately translated these much-loved books to the screen, we won\’t have to wait too long to see David Fincher\’s interpretation — and Lisbeth Salander will be back to kick the hornet\’s nest again.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet\’s Nest is in cinemas from March 3.


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