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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest [DVD] [2010]

Noomi Rapace , Michael Nyqvist , Daniel Alfredson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Sofia Ledarp, Annika Hallin
  • Directors: Daniel Alfredson
  • Writers: Stieg Larsson, Jonas Frykberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 11 April 2011
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,780 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



It takes a while, but the saga of one of the more fascinating characters put on the page or the screen in recent years comes to a satisfying conclusion with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, the last installment of the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's so-called Millennium Trilogy. That character is Lisbeth Salander, the computer-hacking, Goth-loving, dark angel of revenge, played by Noomi Rapace with the same black stare and taciturn charisma that were so riveting in the first two films (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire, both also released in 2010). When we last saw her, Lisbeth was trying to kill her father, a Russian defector and abusive monster; in the process, the girl was seriously wounded by her half-brother, a hulking freak with a strange condition that renders him impervious to physical pain. As the new film opens, all three are still alive, and she's being taken to a hospital to recover while waiting to stand trial for attempted murder. Meanwhile, her champion and erstwhile lover, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), sets about uncovering the full extent of the conspiracy responsible for (among other crimes) Lisbeth's being sent to an asylum at age 12 while her father was protected by evil forces within the government. This investigation, which puts not only Lisbeth but also Blomkvist and his colleagues in considerable danger, leads to "the Section," a thoroughly repellent bunch of aging liars, killers, thieves, and perverts with a great many secrets they'd like to keep (the oily Dr. Peter Teleborian, who was responsible for Lisbeth's "treatment" as a child, emerges as the most vile antagonist since the guardian who brutally assaulted her in the first film). Although much of the exhaustive detail about these and other matters has been eliminated by director Daniel Alfredson (who also helmed The Girl Who Played with Fire) and screenwriters Jonas Frykberg and Ulf Ryberg for the purpose of adapting the novel to the screen, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is still quite long (148 minutes), and less kinetic and violent than the earlier films; there are some exciting sequences, but Lisbeth, previously an unlikely but magnetic action heroine, is seen mostly on a hospital bed or in a courtroom, and much of the film is spent on procedural matters. Still, the fact that the loose ends are wrapped up in fairly conventional fashion doesn't make the conclusion any less satisfying. In fact, the only real letdown comes from knowing that we won't get to see Noomi Rapace play Lisbeth Salander again. --Sam Graham

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest [DVD]

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film 4 May 2011
If you liked the books you will invariably like the films but as with all books to film you have to release the extensive details that made the books awesome.
The plot continues from played with fire and travels through the rehabilitation of Lisbeth and subsequent trial for her fathers attempted murder.
Most of it plays by the book with just less time dwelt on the little things.
I really enjoyed it even for an english subtitled film, although it does detract from the enjoyment a little bit.
The plot stays true to the book and is all round a good attempt at the switch to big screen. I would say if you liked the books you will like the films, just go in with an open mind and you will be pleased with the overall result.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The conclusion to the trilogy 18 April 2011
By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a masterpiece. A superb thriller that introduces us to the best heroine in thrillers for years, Lizbeth Salandar. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest is the conclusion to the trilogy that began in that first great film. Picking up from where the sequel The Girl Who Played With Fire left off, the film sees Lizbeth, played by the superb Noomi Rapace in hospital after being shot and left for dead by her evil father while her friend, the journalist Bloomqvist takes the fight to the corrupt politicians in an attempt to clear Lizbeth's name. While the 2 sequels haven't been quite as good as the magnificent first film, this is still a very enjoyable and highly reccommended trilogy of films. The upcoming remakes of these directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Roony Mara have a lot to live up to and they would normally be remakes that i would be dreading but if anyone can pull it off, it's Fincher. The tension is superb and leads to a very satisfying conclusion.
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136 of 155 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lisbeth Salander Vs. the System 8 Aug 2010
"The Girl Who Kicked A Hornet's Nest" is really more like "The Girl Who Played With Fire Part II" -- this movie begins mere minutes after the end of the previous one, and everything stems from the film before it. The third and final film adapted from Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy is a taut, unnerving exploration of a government cover-up -- with the titular "girl" as their victim.

Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) has been shot in the head, and is rushed to a hospital for surgery -- the same hospital as her evil father Zalachenko. And since she's still being framed for murder, Mikael (Michael Nyqvist) devotes the forthcoming issue of "Millennium" to clearing her name and revealing the government's dirty secrets (including how they had her institutionalized as a kid).

But when Zalachenko threatens to rat them out, the "Section" sends an assassin to shoot him. Unfortunately, this group also wants want to punish Lisbeth by sticking her in another mental home, and the pedophile director Teleborian is all too happy to lock her up. The best chance Lisbeth has is to send her own "autobiograpy" to Mikael.

It's not a whodunnit, and it's not a straight thriller. "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest" is a slow-moving, complex affair, centering on powerful men who try to crush women who defy them, and a system filled with in corrupt muck, cruelty and murder. It's part legal drama, part conspiracy story, and part bloody thriller.

And while not as harrowing as the movies before it, this movie is a bleak tangled web of threats, evidence,stalkings, and the occasional gory death (along with the hysteria that accompanies them).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lisbeth Spends Most of It Flat on Her Back in Bed 18 July 2011
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," (2010), (147 minutes), is third and last in the Swedish film series based on the action-filled Millennium Trilogy by the late Stieg Larsson. It is a violent, dark and suspenseful thriller and a courtroom drama as well. It is not, however, quite as intense or engrossing as the first in the series, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [DVD]. For one thing, it's got much less plot, and the pacing is rather leisurely, all things considered. Expert computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), spends much of the picture flat on her back in hospital, recovering from injuries sustained in the second episode of the story. She is the prime suspect in the murder of three people, facing trial, and targeted for death by various thugs. Her friend and former lover Mikael Blomkvist(Michael Nyquist), crusading editor of the muck-raking journal Millenium, is trying to prove her innocence, but, in order to prove her innocence of the charges, she's going to have to share details of her sordid past with the court.

HORNET'S NEST, like its predecessors in the series, gives us a lot of Sweden on screen: the buildings, their interiors, the cars and traffic of its cities. The coffee-fueled lives of its citizens. It's expertly done, and these are things that I doubt the American versions will be able to provide. The controlled underacting of its principals helps to keep the film grounded. Mind you, it does sometimes seem that Lisbeth must have superhuman powers to survive the things she does: still, like the rest of us, she occasionally fuels up by inhaling the odd pizza.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film. Makes you wonder how things can be ...
Excellent film. Makes you wonder how things can be kept secret for so long. But that's governments and politics for you.
Published 3 days ago by Paul Clubley
5.0 out of 5 stars FORGETT HOLLYWOOD....this is astonashing
Pure excellence, brilliantly crafted. Forget Hollywood.
Published 5 days ago by adzt
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 out of10
Brilliant dvd
Published 7 days ago by garden
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I keep rereading this as it appeals to me a great deal. Ihave all three books and love them all
Published 1 month ago by pigmike
5.0 out of 5 stars great film brilliant acting
part of a trillogy have all three film , very graffic sexual abuse a big hard to watch but the story line is great and the actress in brillinat in the film.
Published 1 month ago by Ecoulthard
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trio
I have all three films in the girl trio and enjoyed every one. I had read the books prior to watching the films and can say that the films stuck to the books remarkably well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by barbara kealey
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill film
Having purchased the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo we bought this to carry on with the trilogy. Not disappointed. Great film, great actors and acting.
Published 1 month ago by Chrissie
The third and final part of the three-part series starts where 'played with fire' finishes, 'Lisbeth' (Noomi Rapace) has a fight on as she trys to recover in hospital after the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars as above comment...
same as my first comment above.. brilliant...had to but all three to follow the story... a great d.v.d.... briliant
Published 1 month ago by P.J.Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars another cult classic??
love it... excellent film.... moody, lots of action and a good representation of the book. good cinematography and I love the acting... settings and costume.
Published 1 month ago by Peter Jagger
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