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