The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

  • 15
  • Daniel Alfredson (2009)
  • Swe / Den / Ger (SUB)
  • 140 min
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

The final film based on Stieg Larsson's bestselling thriller trilogy opens with a whimper but ends with a bang. Critically injured after the violent conclusion to The Girl Who Played with Fire, goth computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is hospitalised and awaiting a psychiatric review. Tension builds as we wonder whether the girl with the dragon tattoo will ever be strong enough to testify against the state-sponsored sex traffickers and child pornographers she has exposed. Flitting between Lisbeth's woes and the investigation to clear her name led by crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), this overlong closing chapter gets bogged down with much tying of loose ends. Rapace has little to do except smoulder beneath layers of black eyeliner and silver piercings during the courtroom showdown, but it's sufficient. The first two films set up her grievances against what Larsson called "Men Who Hate Women"; the concluding instalment allows her fearsome antiheroine to take a sweet revenge.

Plot Summary

Final instalment of the Swedish thriller series starring Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace. Lisbeth Salander is in custody awaiting trial for murder, and risks being declared insane, but she resolves to prove the conspiracy against her with the help of her old ally, journalist Mikael Blomkvist.

Cast and crew


Mikael Blomkvist
Michael Nyqvist
Lisbeth Salander
Noomi Rapace
Erika Berger
Lena Endre
Annika Giannini
Annika Hallin
Malin Erikson
Sofia Ledarp
Alexander Zalachenko
Georgi Staykov
Ronald Niedermann
Mikael Spreitz
Christer Malm
Jacob Ericksson
Peter Teleborian
Anders Ahlbom Rosendahl
Monica Figuerola
Mirja Turestedt


Daniel Alfredson

Other Information

Swedish +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 26 Nov 2010
Certificate 15
Technicolor Home Entertainment Services