Lisbeth Salander has a dragon Tattoo. She has played with fire, and now she has kicked the hornets’ nest. There is nothing Lisbeth can do that will break our hearts. Noomi Rapace’s portrayal of this character is surely definite for Best Actress. She plays the character with subtly, yet it defines powerful anger and hatred, especially towards that of men.
She is a lot like Jason Bourne, all she wants is to be left alone. Toward her enemies, Lisbeth is a threat. She’s even distant with her friends that help her throughout the trilogy.
“Hornets’ Nest” begins right after “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” with Lisbeth being taken to the hospital from her father’s farm. There’s a bullet in lodged in her skull. The first half of the film is on Lisbeth in the hospital, while her friend, Mikael, is on a mission to uncover a mysterious government program called The Section. The second half is set in court with the trial for Lisbeth’s freedom.
We haven’t seen the chemistry between Mikael and Lisbeth since the first film, but what works is what they’re doing for each other. Everything Mikael does is for the sake of Lisbeth, and yet she is only determined to simply be free. It’s disappointing not to see these two characters together, but it’s preferably better that their agenda is for one purpose, yet both going different ways about it. This third film is essentially for the focus of Mikael, like “Fire” was for Lisbeth.
What makes these films work is the action within the characters, the sense that everyone in this film is always standing on tiptoes. There’s a never a relaxation for any character. What we see is essentially the story and the Lisbeth’s struggle, but when we go deep into the psyche of each and everyone’s minds, everyone is afraid of something, and not just for the sake of Lisbeth.
When Lisbeth and Mikael finally meet in the movie, it’s a simple “hello/thank you,” and that’s that. This was arguably the best scene in the film, because of its quietness. And at the end, we know that everything is okay. Lots of great supporting performances by an ensemble of veteran actors, and another perfected job by Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist. The film is directed by Daniel Alfredson, who also directed the first sequel. *** out of ****