The Girl in the Spider's Web

The Girl in the Spider's Web

Fede Alvarez (2018)

115min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The girl with the dragon tattoo returns in the capable guise of Claire Foy in a patchy crime mystery recasting the anti-social vigilante as a female James Bond escaping every dire situation with improbable élan. Loosely based on David Lagercrantz's continuation of Stieg Larsson's original books, the story has punk hacker Lisbeth Salander hired by a conflicted quantum scientist (Stephen Merchant) to erase newly created software for the US government that identifies global nuclear arsenals. When the data is stolen from Lisbeth by the sinister Spider organisation, a web of deceit and mental distress leads to revelations about past family history. In this retread of familiar themes, director Fede Alvarez (Don't Breathe) cloaks stupid plot holes with high-velocity action, nail-biting car chases and grisly events. But it isn't enough to replace the feral intensity or eerie psychology of the acclaimed Swedish trilogy, and while an entertaining thriller, it's sadly and conspicuously simply nothing else.

Summary

Swedish hacker Lisbeth Salander is hired by computer genius Frans Balder to retrieve Firefall, a programme capable of accessing the world's nuclear codes that he developed for the National Security Agency. Though Salander manages to find Firefall, it's not long before she's fighting for her life against mercenaries. Thriller, starring Claire Foy and Sylvia Hoeks.

Cast & Crew

Lisbeth Salander Claire Foy
Mikael Blomkvist Sverrir Gudnason
Camilla Salander Sylvia Hoeks
Ed Needham LaKeith Stanfield
Frans Balder Stephen Merchant
Erika Berger Vicky Krieps
Jan Holster Claes Bang
August Balder Christopher Convery
Plague Cameron Britton
Alexander Zalachenko Mikael Persbrandt
Director Fede Alvarez
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenesAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Nov 2018
Drama