After Larsson’s death, writer David Lagercrantz took up the series with the estate’s approval. Interestingly, this fourth book is the second English-language movie version, following David Fincher’s 2011 remake of the original, with an Oscarnominated Rooney Mara. Uruguayan director Fede Alvarez decided not to follow Fincher but to jump on ahead. As a result there’s a bit of backstory at the start to remind us why Lisbeth (Claire Foy) is the way she is. Her father abused her and her sister. She escaped and as an adult has zero time for bad men. The development that drives the plot is timely: someone has stolen the code to Project Fireball, the baddest cyber weapon yet conceived. Lisbeth is hired to retrieve it. Everything that happens is predictable and, when it does finally happen, feels laboured.
Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku) (M)
Shoplifters, In Conversation with Eric Idle