The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009)

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Dave’s 3-Word Review:
A Satisfactory Conclusion

As often as possible, I like to review a series of films back to back. That way, the viewer has a better opportunity to soak in and understand all of the information presented as a bigger picture. Some series, like Star Trek, make that practically impossible, being 12 films and all. Trilogies, on the other hand, are a lot more doable, and if you can watch them back to back, then it will seem more like a really long and easy to understand movie. Otherwise, it’ll seem like three separate movies that you have to recall what happened in the previous installment years before. To finish off my Millenium Series reviews, we take a look at The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

After the events of The Girl Who Played with Fire, Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) is left recovering in a hospital, but that doesn’t quite mean she is safe, or the story is yet complete. A secret society with ties to the government is still out for blood, her blood to be specific. She has information that is detrimental to their continued illegal services. Again, Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is trying to clear her name on yet another attempted murder charge, this time against her murderous father, who survived Lisbeth’s self-protection (with an ax). Can Blomkvist publish his latest conspiracy article in time for her trial? Only time can tell.

The first two films in the series had to do with a whodunit case in one form or another. This time around, it was more in the fashion of a legal thriller, and the change is welcome. There were almost separate acts in this film alone, as Lisbeth must stay alive against the people out to kill her and must stay relatively calm for the last portion of the film, which dealt with a harsh trial that is out to make her look mentally unstable. Again, the movie is all about how many men have wronged her in her life, but this had a stronger focus on the legal system and how the government itself was a part of her abuse. Also, it is how hard it is to get out of a deep-set government conspiracy.

The thrilling part may remind you of a John Grisham story, or a good episode of Law & Order. For the crisis Lisbeth is facing is purely man v. nature. Everything looks bad for her, because the events that happened in both the first and second film finally come together for this epic conclusion. As far as series conclusions go, this one was done really well, and even though The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is amazing and works well on its own, this brought everything together with a satisfactory close.

The movie is indeed lengthy once more. Again it is two and a half hours long, and unlike the first film, I really thought a lot of this film could have been cut shorter. That being said, once the trial comes around, it becomes faster paced and time is lost on the viewer. It is a thrilling ride for sure, and one I am incredibly glad I finally got around to watching. It may take some time out of your day, but I definitely suggest you give it a shot…after watching the other two of course.

As a whole, the story of the Millenium Series is an intriguing one to be sure. Not many people like this film, as you can tell from its RottenTomatoes tomatometer, but I definitely prefer it to the second film. I do wish it was shorter, granted, but in general it was a great film. It’s hard to compare it to the first, because they are so much different, if I would buy any of the others, it would be the first film. That being said, I rated this higher just for the successful wrap-up of every last question and detail.

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