Bond-lite

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rather dif­fer­ent kind of au­di­ence from the first trio of Swedish movies and David Fincher’s 2011 re­make The Girl With the Dragon Tat­too.

It is based on the book by David Lager­crantz that con­tin­ues the se­ries af­ter Lars­son’s death.

There is a new back story for Lis­beth that soft-ped­als the orig­i­nal one of mul­ti­ple rapes and abuse.

Other dis­con­cert­ing changes should test the loy­alty of the se­ries’ fans, while per­haps pick­ing up younger au­di­ences. She now sports much more ad­vanced IT skills.

She also has the new su­per­power of ac­cess­ing any com­puter in the world in two clicks, not to men­tion driv­ing mo­tor­bikes and Fer­raris over ice and snow at Le Mans speed and sur­viv­ing cer­tain-death sit­u­a­tions.

If you flash on an an­gry, pierced, femme ver­sion of James Bond, you are into the spirit of the piece di­rected by Fede Al­varez and star­ring Claire

Foy (First Man, The Crown) in the lead role.

Per­func­tory in its psy­cho­log­i­cal re­al­ism and fla­grantly lack­ing any other kind, the screen­play by Al­varez, Jay Basu and Steven Knight is cer­tainly not the most sat­is­fy­ing ver­sion of Lis­beth. But it is edgy and ac­tion-packed, and Al­varez’s di­rec­tion keeps the ten­sion high through a string of ever-more-im­prob­a­ble threats to Lis­beth and her al­lies.

In the end, her char­ac­ter is so in­vin­ci­ble she feels un­real as a hu­man per­son­al­ity.

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