The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei

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

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