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Review: "The Girl in the Spider Web" – Lisbeth Salander reduced to the A4 hero


Action / thriller

Directed by:

Fede Alvarez


Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoek, Sverrir Gudnason

Release Date:

November 9, 2018

age limit:

15 years

Original title:

«The Girl in the Spider Web»

«Mass action and little personality.»

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Film: It is not true that Stieg Larsson would be buried to look at the development of her anti-heroine friend Lisbeth Salander. But he had barely realized the impression she had received in the new Millenium movie, "The Girl in the Spider's Web." Gone is the dangerous, unfortunate unguard of revenge. She has been replaced with a super robot girl (Claire Foy) in line with the type of shower.

Claire Foy is here a diametrically opposite view of what we know from "The Crown". She is a first-class actor; It's the script where there's something wrong with it. Director Fede Alvarez has built his film on the book of David Lagercranz, the man who took over the project after the deceased Stieg Larsson. He has done a technically good but incredibly traditional agent / superhero movie with a lot of action and little personality.

Blond sister

In the Salander figure, as in previous films, produced by Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara, it's a tragic and bad story. It is originally told in the new movie in a scene where the brutal father (Mikael Persbrandt) will disturb his two little daughters Lisbeth and Camilla, while Lisbeth throws himself into the snow from a high porch and comes away. The Camilla figures are hardly mentioned in the earlier films; Here she is seen 16 years later in Sylvia Hoek's figure. She is as blond as Lisbeth is dark, but it's just outside.

Biljakt in Volvo

If the Lisbeth figure misses much of its tragic and traumatized features, the other female characters of the film are as shallow and cliché embroidered. Sister Camilla looks and acts as a medium-sized Russian agent, and Säpos's female executive director Grane is as ice-cold, arrogant and business-like as most female intelligence bosses in spy films. What really stands out here is that car hunting happens in Volvo.

The stage is Sweden. Lisbeth Salander only revenge a rich woman's trafficker because she gets a complicated hacking job. A former agent of the US Security Council NSA has developed a computer program that can provide access to all the world's nuclear weapons. He has conscience whales and wants to help erase it. Hackeren Salander is the right lady in the matter. In her black hoodies, leather trousers and leather jackets, she drives through the streets and quays of Stockholm on her flashy Ducati. The engine also makes a trip over the ice in the inner harbor of the city.

Ice and snow

The winter images from Stockholm are fitting exotic and smoothly enter the mythical performance "nordic noir". Night, ice and snow. It gives the whole movie a kind of minimalist touch where most are black or white, an expression that should be in the style of the Salander figure. The fact that sister Camilla, as Lisbeth thought had committed suicide three years earlier, suddenly appears as a red exclamation mark in all melodramatic black and white borders.

blood bad

Lisbeth Salander's male sidekick, million journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason), has been reduced to a blood-poor role in this film, almost a sort of assistant Lisbeth can call when she needs a favor. The relationship between these two is neither explained nor elaborated; His affair with a female editor seems unjustified and indifferent to the plot. Worst, however, is that Lisbeth Salander is reduced to a fairly common action figure without sharp edges.


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