On a mis­sion to save the world

Shepparton News - - ENTERTAINMENT - BREANNA ZAMPAGLIONE Vil­lage Cin­e­mas Shep­par­ton week­endlife@shep­p­news.com.au

With an open­ing that feels vaguely like a vig­i­lantestyle Bond movie, The Girl in the Spi­der’s Web is both a se­quel and a re­boot of 2011 Amer­i­can pro­duc­tion The Girl with the Dragon Tat­too.

New cast­ing and di­rec­tors have brought a fresh take on the multi-lay­ered char­ac­ter of com­puter hacker Lis­beth Sa­lan­der and her unique per­sonal brand, un­furl­ing past se­crets in­tent on drag­ging Lis­beth down.

When Lis­beth is con­tacted to help steal back a highly valu­able com­puter pro­gram from the Amer­i­can Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency, her reser­va­tions are soon over­come by the sheer threat that it presents.

Al­low­ing the owner to ac­cess all nu­clear sys­tems re­motely from a com­puter de­vice, the pro­gram is best re­turned to its cre­ator to be de­stroyed.

But af­ter Lis­beth re­cov­ers the pro­gram and her com­puter is stolen, and her apart­ment is burned to the ground, she re­alises there is some­thing big­ger in the works and the peo­ple who are try­ing to frame her have a per­sonal con­nec­tion to her past.

Rac­ing against time, and up against Rus­sian ‘Spi­ders’, Lis­beth en­lists the help of jour­nal­ist Mikael Blomkvist to help her un­cover the truth.

Claire Foy, sur­pris­ingly, is not en­tirely out of place in the role of Lis­beth, one that has been dom­i­nated by Swedish ac­tress Noomi Ra­pace and Amer­i­can Rooney Mara in pre­vi­ous in­car­na­tions, and is a far cry from Foy’s turn as Queen El­iz­a­beth II in The Crown. Em­brac­ing the lay­ers of Lis­beth is some­thing Foy seems par­tic­u­larly tuned into, and she also brings a new sense of vul­ner­a­bil­ity and hu­man­ity to the char­ac­ter.

But, de­spite Foy’s im­mense skill, the Film presents its own chal­lenges in that to un­der­stand some of the larger back­story you need to be fa­mil­iar with the book se­ries (or the orig­i­nal Swedish films) and the open­ing scene not only sets up the ma­jor an­tag­o­nist but re­moves any kind of sur­prise of her char­ac­ter re­veal later in the story.

De­spite it all, The Girl in the Spi­der’s Web is a good ac­tion film, al­beit one that leans into pre­dictabil­ity and re­lies on prior knowl­edge of the se­ries and char­ac­ters. But it is not a bad film, and is one that fans have per­haps been wait­ing to see in the long years since the pre­vi­ous in­stal­ment.

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