The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest
(Daniel Alfredson, 2009, Sweden)
Step foot on any form of public transport and you will no doubt be faced by a melange of commuters with their captivated noses buried in one of the three instalments in Stieg Larsson’s bestselling ‘Millennium’ trilogy. To say Larsson’s novels are popular would be an understatement, and the first two film adaptations (both in the authors’ native Swedish) have been both critically lauded and fondly received by aficionados of the source material.
The third and final adaptation in the series picks up exactly where The Girl Who Played with Fire’s blistering final moments left off; our troubled heroine Lisbeth Salander has been fatally shot and left for dead after a brutal confrontation with her estranged father and dangerous, indestructible stepbrother. Whilst Lisbeth spends most of the film battling for her life in hospital, away from the relentless media, the devoted Mikael Blomkvist and his Millennium publication battle to clear her name of murder and uncover the identities of the forces perilously conspiring against her.
Making up for the tepid second instalment, ‘Hornets’ Nest’ is a gripping and deeply satisfying conclusion to this brilliant trilogy, tying up loose ends and featuring some of the most compelling courtroom sequences committed to celluloid. Noomi Rapace continues to impress with her charismatic, awards-worthy performance as Salander whilst also sharing a heartfelt chemistry with the incomparable Michael Nyqvist, who maintains his poise as a leading man. Though the film does move at a rapid, blink and you’ll miss it speed, it is nonetheless a compelling piece of cinema, with an ending that will leave you smiling for all the right reasons.
The Girl Who Played With Fire, 2009. [Film] Directed by Daniel Alfredson. SWEDEN: Nordisk Film.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, 2009. [Film] Directed by Daniel Alfedson. SWEDEN: Nordisk Film.