The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (aka Luftslottet som sprängdes) review by Melissa Orcine - Cinema Paradiso
‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’ is a Swedish film that takes off from ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’ – the last in the Millennium Trilogy of films based on the late Stieg Larsson’s novels of the same name. The saga continues as Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is being airlifted to a hospital after she was shot by her father, Alexander Zalachenko aka Zala (Georgi Staykov). Lisbeth survives and her friend Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), a journalist she helped on a murder cold case before is now the one helping her.
Lisbeth has been arrested and detained until her recovery so she could stand trial for the murder of her guardian, Nils Bjurman (Peter Andersson). Blomkvist has tapped his sister Annika Giannini (Annika Hallin) to be her lawyer and as they prepare for her case, finding evidence to clear Lisbeth’s name, they realize that they’re in over their heads. For some twisted reason, the Swedish authorities are hell-bent on locking Lisbeth up and silencing her forever. How can Lisbeth – a 24-year-old Goth expert hacker for a security firm – be such a threat to them?
Stieg Larsson’s antithesis for a heroine, Lisbeth Salander, is a phenomenon. Because of Noomi Rapace’s self-possessed, smart, and tough portrayal of Lisbeth from the opening salvo, ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, she has become one of the most celebrated contemporary fictional characters to date. Lisbeth Salander will have her Hollywood reincarnation in a David Fincher film set for release this year.
There’s nothing like Lisbeth Salander: a stoic yet curious bisexual woman with a photographic memory and a huge dragon tattoo on her back in Goth punk gear who won’t take crap from anyone. In ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’, Lisbeth may be in a hospital bed half of the time, but you see her strength, her desire to heal and to prove her accusers wrong.
The film is rife with mysteries, conspiracies, and bad guys; the thriller and crime drama aspects are played well on screen. You’d root for Lisbeth and Blomkvist to take them all down, all the way down.