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The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • Drama
  • 2018
  • Fede Alvarez
  • 115 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Lisbeth SalanderClaire Foy
Mikael BlomkvistSverrir Gudnason
Camilla SalanderSylvia Hoeks
Ed NeedhamLaKeith Stanfield
Frans BalderStephen Merchant
Erika BergerVicky Krieps
Jan HolsterClaes Bang
August BalderChristopher Convery
PlagueCameron Britton
Alexander ZalachenkoMikael Persbrandt

Crew

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DirectorFede Alvarez

Details

Released on
2018-11-21
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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