Review: The Girl who kicked the Hornetís nest
The real Dragon behind the smoke screen
The bad dreams dissapate, the sun filters in and the girl with the dragon tattoo awakens. Having been severly injured at the end of the second film (The Girl who played with fire) Lisbeth must now recuperate in hospital while awaiting charges of murder. For Lisbeth Salander, the journey towards clearing her name and dishing out justice (by her understanding) has been a tumultuous one filled with violence and conflict with a social structure that has forgotton her.
The third installment of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy sees Lisbeth not only recovering form her physical injuries, but battling her enemies, painful physical injuries and her struggle to trust as a result of being extremely gaurded. Film two saw Lisbeth unsettle her father and his secret business dealings and associeateds and in doing so, kick the hornet’s nest. This nest is a correupt secret organisation of influencial men (referred to as the Section) who will resort to the most violent means to protect themselves and Lisbeth’s father. A large part of the film has Lisbeth recovering for her physical wounds, painstakingly putting herself back together while her jounalist friend Mikael Blomkvist races to publish as expose on the Section and do whatever he can to clear Libeth’s name.
The film’s anti-heroine and her friend Blomkvist share very little screen time with each other. In fact Lisbeth sees very few people while recuperating, which is proberbly for the best since the media; the section and her freakish half-brother Bonald (Mikael Spreitz) are determined to silence her. Lisbeth sometimes scarce screen time in the film, allows actress Noomi Rapace to intensify her performance demonstrating intimate emotions under Lisbeth’s blank stare. The few times Lisbeth and Blomvist do connect (through a message or a glance) are subtle and add a romantic energy to their strange friendship. Blomkvist is devoted to clearing Lisbeth’s name, (even enlisting his lawer sister’s help and that of the secret police) in his investigation at the expense of his safety and that of his work colleages. Actor Michael Nyqvist is so pure in his wonder and devotion towards his damaged friend. Both actors prove that actors also have faces (and not only voices) which provides glimpses into the thoughts of a character.
The small but tough girl in black apparal, Mohawk and piercings sits in the bland and sterile courtroom, ready to lay out her complicated history, break free of ther prison and incinerate her shackles in this final installment of the trilogy.