The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009)
What a way to end a wonderful series of movies about the troubled woman with a nightmare childhood. From what I have gathered about the entire Millennium trilogy (The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire and The Girl who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest), this series is really about the abuse of young women and the shady political affiliations are just side-dishes.
Noomi Rapace is back as Lisbeth Salander but she returns in true form to the dangerous, edgy pixie that she was in the original movie. I was a tad disappointed in The Girl who Played with Fire as it was shot so much differently than the original but this one returns to form and seals the stories up with a nice spiky, black bow. We have Lisbeth with facial and ear piercings all over, tall black Mohawk haircut and if you have been paying attention to the story so far, you will realize that this was her war paint. The war isn’t so much about sneaking around and dodging bullets like the former 2 movies, it’s about winning Lisbeth’s freedom from prison with a new set of murder charges. To help her in her fight for freedom, the usual suspects of Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), and computer hacker Plague (Tomas Köhler) do their bests outside of the law to help Lisbeth out.
In the attempt to tell Lisbeth’s story however, the Millennium writers begin to get threatening emails and find their lives in jeopardy from people with much to lose from Lisbeth’s knowledge. It becomes a race to free Lisbeth as we get more insight into her imprisonment and rape(s) while she was in the psychiatric ward and even more glimpses of the later rape by her guardian on the DVD that she had secretly filmed. The main chasers in the race are a group of old men with deep political ties that Lisbeth had tangled with in The Girl who Played with Fire. These men now aim to stop her testifying along with the Millennium magazine printing any details on Lisbeth’s path and they aim to use any means necessary to do so.
If that weren’t enough, if you were lucky enough to see The Girl who Played with Fire, you will remember that Lisbeth was shot in the head, her evil father is still alive and her Frankenstein half-brother is on the hunt to finish her off while leaving a trail of bodies in his wake.
I was very impressed with the feel of The Girl who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, it had that murder mystery ambience to it along with some really clean filming that looked nothing like the 2nd (this is a good thing). In both of my former reviews I have applauded the job done by Noomi Rapace and this will be no different as it is she that makes the character so damn interesting no matter how much of a “thankless nobody” that the character represents.
There is a scene in court where Lisbeth scans the room to lock eyes with everybody who has had her back since coming into contact with her and she gives no nod, no subtle smile or silent prayer. The look she gave was more of a pause on each to silently ask for help and thank them all within a glance that went beyond human interpretation. Lisbeth is almost queen-like in her silent command because these men and women do everything in their power to help, all without a “thank you” from the broken Lisbeth Salander. It was moments like this that Noomi shone brightest and it paid homage to the silent/deadly warriors of old because despite the setting and time, Lisbeth was a warrior and by the time you finish the trilogy you will be in agreement with me on this.
I was very pleased to have seen The Girl who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest and I would recommend this lengthy 3-part series to any of you. Noomi Rapace is a treat, along with Michael Nyqvist and Lena Endre (the normal people in the series). Even if you dislike subtitles and movies that take their time in pacing, you should check these out whenever you get the chance.