movie re­view

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

HAV­ING read only 100 pages of the third and fi­nal in­stal­ment of Stieg Lars­son’s Millennium tril­ogy of nov­els, I was ini­tially re­luc­tant to see the Swedish-made film ver­sion of the con­clud­ing chap­ter in this out­stand­ing thriller se­ries.

I need not have wor­ried, though, as Daniel Al­fred­son’s adap­ta­tion crams in enough faith­ful de­tail, al­low­ing the movie to stand alone for those who haven’t waded through Lars­son’s weighty – and trag­i­cally fi­nal, given his un­timely death – tome.

The Girl Who Kicked The Hor­nets’ Nest wraps up the dra­matic lives of trou­bled com­puter hacker Lis­beth Sa­lan­der ( Noomi Ra­pace) a nd c a v a l i e r j o ur no Mikael Blomkvist ( Michael Nyqvist).

In the sec­ond film, The Girl Who Played With Fire, the cred­its rolled with Blomkvist com­ing to Sa­lan­der’s res­cue in the nick of time af­ter she was shot three times, then buried fol­low­ing a bru­tal barn­yard con­fronta­tion with her es­tranged fa­ther, Easte r n E u r o p e a r c h - c r i m i n a l Alexan­der Zalachenko, and her emo­tion­ally void gi­ant of a half­brother Ron­ald Nie­der­mann.

Nie­der­mann is on the run, con­tin­u­ing his mur­der­ous ram­page in a bid to si­lence Sa­lan­der, while Zalachenko and his daugh­ter are re­cov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal me­tres apart af­ter Sa­lan­der took to her Pa with an axe.

Con­tin­u­ing his quest to un­cover t he t r uth be­hind Sa­lan­der’s trou­bled past – she was in­sti­tu­tion­alised as a young teenager

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