The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

Daniel Alfredson (2009)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


Computer hacker Lisbeth Salander recovers in hospital after a gunshot wound, while her powerful, shadowy enemies seize the chance to have her framed for three murders. Lisbeth fights to prove she is innocent, while journalist friend Mikael collates evidence to clear her name. Thriller, the conclusion of the trilogy based on Stieg Larsson's novels, starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist. In Swedish.

Cast & 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
Director Daniel Alfredson
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Other Information

Language: Swedish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: MomentumGuidance: ViolenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Nov 2010