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      The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

      2009, Mystery & thriller, 2h 35m

      137 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      Slow and mostly devoid of the stellar chemistry between its two leads, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest is a disappointingly uneven conclusion to the Millennium trilogy. Read critic reviews

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      Hospitalized Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) awaits her murder trial, while Mikael (Michael Nyqvist) tries to establish her innocence.

      • Rating: R (Some Sexual Material|Brief Language|Strong Violence)

      • Genre: Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: Swedish

      • Director: Daniel Alfredson

      • Producer: Søren Stærmose

      • Writer: Ulf Rydberg

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $5.2M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Music Box Films

      • Production Co: Yellow Bird, Film Väst, Sveriges Television, Nordisk Film, ZDF Enterprises

      Cast & Crew

      Michael Nyqvist
      Noomi Rapace
      Lena Endre
      Annika Hallin
      Jacob Ericksson
      Sofia Ledarp
      Anders Ahlbom
      Micke Spreitz
      Georgi Staykov
      Ulf Rydberg
      Peter Mokrosinski
      Håkan Karlsson

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      • Sep 08, 2014

        The court scene was good but the rest was a little slow.

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      • Jun 07, 2014

        The concluding chapter of the Millennium series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is an intense political thriller. Facing an attempted murder charge and institutionalization, Lisbeth Salander goes on trial; meanwhile investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist works to uncover the secret cabal that Lisbeth's father was involved with. The courtroom drama scenes are especially well-written; full of tension and suspense. However, there are some issues with the story structure; as it feels more like an extended last act for the previous film than a film of its own. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest isn't as strong as the other installments of this trilogy, but it's still an exciting and dramatic film that pays off the series extraordinarily well.

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      • Jan 31, 2014

        A big compilation of uneventful sequences and a very boring pacing issue pervades Alfredson's take on the Millennium final delivery. Starting from the point in which the second film concluded, the events lead to nothing. It is pretty clear that there was a need to wrap things up. Unfortunately, this attempt culminated in uninteresting resolutions that would have worked better if left to the viewer's imagination. The personality of the characters is either changed for the worse or majoritarily lost, except for Lisbeth, whose enygmatic character is further explored returning to her iconic DVD cover look, which is maybe the most interesting feature besides the climax, which had interesting stuff going on. Needless to say, the aforementioned personal claimings are, of course, done from a filmwise perspective, excluding the logic of the novels entirely. Talking about coherence, the lack of soul and touches of darkness, crime and violence in the final chapter can be even considered as a stab in the back not so much for the second part, but definitely for the first. Trilogy: completed. Let's move on to Fincher. The immediate comparison standard will be, naturally, the first film. The sequels will have no business in it. Besides, Daniel Alfredson wasn't involved with "MIllennium 1" whatsoever, probably for the better. 53/100

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      • Jan 09, 2013

        The tale of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist concludes as Lisbeth is confined to a hospital bed but still the subject of investigation the ire of her psychotic half-brother. While I find this film a fitting conclusion to one of the best thriller trilogies in recent memory, as a stand-alone film, it doesn't do much but continue the trajectory of the second installment. The villains whom we thought were vanquished return in different forms. As a result, there's nothing new added to the story or the characters, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is a good film but ultimately unnecessary. This is especially true at the very end; I won't give away any specifics, but it's enough to say that I was left wanting a more satisfying conclusion to the connection that the first two films developed between Salander and Blomkvist. Noomi Rapace is Lisbeth Salander, the best actress for the part and a perfect embodiment of what the character projects, and the same can be said of Michael Nyqvist. I don't know if they're going to make an American remake of this film (I assume they are), but for all of Rooney Mara's talents, no one captures Salander's nihilism like Rapace. Overall, you should see The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest to complete the trilogy, but don't expect anything approaching the first film.

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