THE GIRL IN THE SPI­DER’S WEB (15) Two stars

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Al­most a decade af­ter Noomi Ra­pace orig­i­nated the role of hacker Lis­beth Sa­lan­der, Stock­port-born ac­tress Claire Foy, right, be­comes the third ac­tress to wage war on abu­sive men as Swedish au­thor Stieg Lars­son’s aveng­ing an­gel. It’s a far cry from her award-win­ning por­trayal of Queen El­iz­a­beth in The Crown and Foy em­braces the phys­i­cal­ity of the eye-catch­ing role.

Un­for­tu­nately, this in­car­na­tion of Lis­beth lacks the emo­tional com­plex­ity of ear­lier in­stal­ments in­clud­ing David Fincher’s re­dun­dant Amer­i­can re­make of The Girl With The Dragon Tat­too star­ring Rooney Mara. The tor­mented heroine has been re­duced to a twodi­men­sional ac­tion hero, who screeches around Stock­holm on her mo­tor­cy­cle like Bat­girl and weath­ers a flurry of body blows and bul­lets with a gri­mace. The slen­der plot takes a cou­ple of pre­dictable nar­ra­tive de­tours and doesn’t re­cap­ture the heart-stop­ping ten­sion of his 2016 home in­va­sion hor­ror, Don’t Breathe.

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