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