on 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.
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.
"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. And I wish I had a dollar for every movie I have sat through, silently screaming, while some inane heroine shrieks and cries as hero and villain fight to the finish. I always want to yell at the woman on the screen, for heaven's sake, pick up that lamp and hit the guy on the head with it. Lisbeth does, and then some.
Probably the best-known Swedish films before this series would have been those by world-famous Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, Igmar Bergman Collection [DVD]. The best-selling Swedish film before the release of this series was I Am Curious Yellow/Blue [DVD]. The film under discussion, like its predecessor in the Millenium series, gives a production credit to Yellow Bird, a company that seems to have some connection to I AM CURIOUS, the granddaddy of Swedish soft-core porn. But I wouldn't hold that against it. I've never minded a little sex and violence in my movies.
"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). As the story goes on, it tauter and frightening, buoyed up by Lisbeth's impassive defiance (she walks into her own trial in full goth-punk regalia!).
The one flaw? The last fifteen minutes feel disconnected from the rest of the film, and the last scene feels... anticlimactic, and vaguely unfinished. Then again, since Larsson intended to write ten books, perhaps the "unfinished" flavor is inevitable.
Rapace is silent for long stretches of the story, and her impassive face, deep eyes and leashed energy make her a presence even when she doesn't speak. Her Lisbeth is full of defiance against the world, and it can only be seen through her dress and her silence. Nyqvist is good but rather overshadowed by Rapace; Anders Ahlbom is wonderfully vile as Teleborian --it's INCREDIBLY satisfying to see the pedophile get torn apart.
"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest" ends on a "to be continued" note that will never be continued, but it's a satisfying end to the tale of Lisbeth Salander.
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 brutal attack on her by her father and half brother.
It will be tough road to recovery, waiting in the wing.....'the police' ....'Lisbeth' still has the murder charges to answer for.
The organisation' in which her father had involvement have a need to silence two people to avoid exposure, they only succeed in part, they have failed to get 'Lisbeth'
The organisation now seek to influence the court using the prosecution and key witness 'Lisbeth's' former doctor to prove her submissions to be unreliable as she has mental-health issues.
Her gaurdian angel 'Mikael Bloomkvist' (Michael Nyqvist) is however putting together evidence to prove both her innocents and credibility, which will indeed 'Kick the Hornet's nest' when accepted as evidence.
Not forgetting on the 'outside' the 'blonde' killing machine, 'Lisbeth's' half-brother awaits her, to finish what he'd previously failed to do.
This has been a 'splendid' film series, 'Swedish' with dual language option, which in my opinion is.....a must see.
A tremendous must-see film series.
* Theatrical Trailer.
"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest" continues exactly where "Played with Fire " left off, with Lisbeth Salander recovering in hospital after the shooting scene with her father and half brother. Much of this film concerns itself with the build up to Lisbeth's trial for attempted murder in which she runs the risk of being locked up in a psychiatric hospital again at the behest of a shadowy government group. Lisbeth , played by Noomi Rapace , spends much of the film in a hospital bed , a prison cell and a courtroom, so there is much less action and adrenalin in "Hornets Nest " than in the first two films of the series and the film focuses more on procedure and uncovering the Byzantine conspiracy surrounding Lisbeth (apart from the dramatic closing scenes). The film is quite a long one and I think that it would be fair to say that it is the least interesting of the trilogy.
on 6 April 2011
There are so many opinions about Stieg Larsson's celebrated pulp-fiction trilogy that it is a tricky business reviewing the novels and the Swedish-made films that have swiftly followed them. This film feels unusual as it is less a conclusion to the trilogy and more like a stand-alone Lisbeth Salander adventure. Our (anti) heroine spends the majority of the story in hospital recovering from the attack by her father that should have ended her life - ironically he is in the same ICU recovering from being attacked by her. The tale is really about the inherently corrupt security services who used Lisbeth and her father as pawns in their nefarious power struggle; journalist Mikael Blomqvist barely has anything to do here, while Lisbeth's psychotic pain-immune half-brother pops up to murder random passers-by but is also sidelined for much of the film.
Ultimately this is a faithful adaptation of the book and as such is less an action film and more a cerebral inquest into dodgy Swedish political factions. It will be interesting to see what the up-coming Hollywood remakes do with the format, but you can be sure they'll be more explosive and less gritty than this.
on 29 October 2010
'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest' is a Swedish crime-thriller film. The movie has received critical acclaim and has turned out to be a financial success. It's an adaptation of the novel of the same name by the late Swedish author/journalist Stieg Larsson. This adaptation is the final part of Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, which is a series of three bestselling novels. The other two novels are titled 'The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo' & 'The Girl Who Played with Fire'. The novels were published in 2005, 2006 and 2007 to widespread positive reviews. The movie adaptations of all three novels were released in Sweden in 2009 and were box-office hits.
I've seen the first two installments, both of which were competent thrillers. 'The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo' was fresh and compelling and set a high standard. The second part, 'The Girl Who Played with Fire' was not as good as the former but still enjoyable. The final part for me is the pick of the lot and a sensational swan song.
The movie centres around Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) who is hospitalized after the events in 'The Girl Who Played with Fire'. She is then put on trial where she takes on the Swedish Authorities. As this happens Salander's friend, Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) uses all his investigative skills to help her succeed.
The movie begins where the previous one ended and starts off at a fast pace, which is maintained all the way through. Over 2 hours of viewing just flew by leaving me gagging for more. The film was filled with heightened tension and excitement from start to finish. The intense court-room scenes in the latter half were gripping and kept me glued to the screen. The movie then had the climax I always wanted and brought the curtain down on a TERRIFIC TRILOGY.
Noomi Rapace is the heart and soul of the movie with a powerful performance and a dynamic screen presence. Michael Nyqvist provides brilliant support. Although Rapace and Nyqvist don't share many scenes in this film, when they do, the positive chemistry is visible. Anders Ahlbom as Dr. Peter Teleborian (antagonist) does the job by giving you the creeps. Another actor who is worth a mention is Annika Hallin. She enacts the role of Salander's lawyer with total conviction.
The direction provided by Daniel Alfredson is second to none. A lot was expected from him for the finale and he duly obliged. He ends the trilogy in the best possible manner.
The final film adaptation of Larsson's Millennium Trilogy ties up all loose ends, which a lot of sequels and trilogies have failed to do in recent times.
The finale is unmissable for followers of the series and fans of court room thrillers.
'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest' provides a cracking closure and gives you exactly what you want in style.
on 19 December 2011
I watched this film in the original Swedish with English subtitles (apparently there is an English language voiceover option). It is an excellent production, mainly true to the original book. Both lead characters are well cast, extremely well-portrayed and give believable performances - Noomi Rapace is, as many have already said, particularly credible as Lisbeth Salander. The scenery and settings are great - very atmospheric and visually pleasing. I can't wait to watch the two sequels. I see the Hollywood version (soon to be released in cinemas) has excellent reviews, and I'll probably go and see it - but it's hard to see how it could be as good.
A return to form after "The Girl Who Played With Fire" fell into a bit of 'middle part of a trilogy disease'; lots of exposition and setting up for the last part, together with a feeling of marking time, that nothing can really get too resolved. Consequently both the sense of danger, and emotional impact were lower, even though there was a lot more running around, shooting, etc. It felt more like a Hollywood action film.
But here we get back into deeper themes, back into Lisbeth Sander's head. There's less action, but more psychology and complex behavior, and that's where the strength of the trilogy lies. There are fight scenes, sure, but the most intense scenes are the film's courtroom battles, and it's almost as scary to think that Lisbeth may self-destruct, as that others may destroy her.
Noomi Rapace does her best work of the trilogy here. We get Lisbeth's stone exterior, but there are always just enough hints of the damaged little girl she was to keep her heartbreaking. Her long but filled silences, and minimal dialogue betray how painful it is for her to even try to trust other human beings. The series themes about the damage that men do to women comes back to the forefront, and we're less in a thriller than a character study with thrills.
I still think the first film, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" felt the most gritty and real. The scope of the bad guys was less theatrical, the conspiracies more believable because they're more limited, less grandiose. But as a conclusion to the three act opera, this is pretty damn solid, and certainly stuck with me in the days after I saw it.