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"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

This is the third and final film adaptation of the best-selling Millennium trilogy written by the late Swedish author, Stieg Larsson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire). In this last installment, Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She's fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she'll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

 

Specifications

  • Music Box Films
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 27 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec:  AVC
  • 1080p
  • English Dolby Digital Audio 5.1
  • Starring:  Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist
  • Directed by Daniel Alfedson
Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Extras:
  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Rape
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

This is the thrilling conclusion to the trilogy, and I must say, it was satisfying to see how it all coalesces in the end. Lisbeth is tough and vulnerable at the same time. I watched this with the English overdub on because I knew there was going to be a lot of dialog in the court room and I did not want to miss the flow of the story by reading fleeting words at the bottom of the screen. Not a lot of action, but when there is action, it is usually quick and brutal. With heroes and slimy characters, this series holds up well with its literary counterpart. It will be interesting to see the new American version of this when it comes out later this year, though my money is on Hollywood screwing it up with lots of explosions and over used CGI.

Technical

The picture quality is not demo worthy, but it is still good. The film was shot in 35 mm, so a fair amount of grain persists throughout the movie. Some of the darker scenes are a bit murky, but skin tones and colors are well done. The audio was DD, but for a film that is dialog driven, it works well. Not enough action to engage the subwoofer or surrounds, but the dialog is clear and the English dub is respectable.

Extras

Commentary and interviews.