This very satisfying and often taut finale to the late Steig Larsson's Millennium trilogy filmic adaptations immerses one into a brooding, intense story that definitely gives the impression that something crucial is at stake.
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest (in Swedish with English subtitles) may be more loquacious and intermittently hazy than anticipated for those closely following the series from the crafty crime author.
Returning director Daniel Alfredson does better off of new scribe Ulf Rydberg's cobbling of plot and character among other nuance of the source material.
It's the interest in both an evolving Goth-like edgy computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, an intriguing and unpredictable Noomi Rapace, and crusading journalist and magazine publisher Mikael Blomkvist, a resolute and solid, if somewhat unsuspecting Michael Nyqvist.
Right after The Girl Who Played With Fire this sharp conclusion (with the original to be remade for Hollywood by David Fincher and prolific producer Scott Rudin starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig) features Lisbeth recovering from critical bullet wound to the head as Mikael is up against a publication deadline trying to exonerate the body-pierced, black-leather clothed gal facing multiple trumped-up charges of murder. Of course, Lisbeth has plans of her own against those covert higher-ups in Swedish intelligence.
It's hard not to get behind the highly motivated, startling Lisbeth better paired in the third go-around with Mikael as it all works strikingly well given the need for vindication and the ruthlessness to execute it.
Some might get a feel of Uma Thurman's character and sullen milieu from Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2 as Rapace is remarkable internalizing a beaten down, yet indefatigable young woman whose life has been filled with cruelty and turmoil. There's a sleek nasty punk side of a now mohawk-coiffed Lisbeth who needs someone she rejects nearly as much as he needs her.
Within all of the nightmarishness and cell conspiracy, a spellbinding foreboding is made possible by Alfredson's craft contributors, including a moody score and crisp, swift segueing as something soulful is on the horizon for a dramatic, if exhilarating climax and denouement.
The skulduggery and full-on desperation from a spy service, witnesses and evidence reaches fruition with some effective backup behind the rooting protagonists. Aksel Morisse does well as Lisbeth's caregiver while another new clandestine presence appears in the form of Mirja Turestedt.
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