The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest [Blu-Ray] Daniel Alfredson

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest [Blu-Ray] Daniel Alfredson
When The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (the third and final instalment in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy) opens, Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is writing a tell-all for the latest edition, detailing how Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) was framed for crimes she didn't commit by her father, Alexander Zalachenko (Georgi Staykov), an organized crime member with ties to significant government officials. Lisbeth is in the hospital recovering from a violent confrontation with her father and Ronald Niedermann (Micke Spreitz), who's foreboding size and congenital inability to feel pain make him a formidable opponent. It's an appropriate opening for a David and Goliath story of justice and fighting seemingly insurmountable odds regardless of the roadblocks and threatening omens standing in the way. Lisbeth has always been the scrappy underdog, deemed mentally unfit and raped by men of influence whose need for power is threatened by anyone beyond their sphere of influence. Her unlikely resilience and aggressive will have exposed a corrupt socialist system led by men who, as the title of the first novel in this series points out, hate women, constructing a sharp, pulpy feminist allegory of quiet deception beneath the sheen of political correctness and freedom. It's just a shame that director Daniel Alfredson has no interest in tying these thematic complexities to his vision, doling out a flat, television, "point and shoot" aesthetic that leaves the power of the story and the actors to carry the material. Where this nearly destroyed The Girl who Played with Fire, Hornets' has the benefit of a superior, more cathartic narrative to help overcompensate for the many obvious cinematic shortcomings. Included with the Blu-Ray are interviews with Rapace and Nyqvist, which essentially cover all of the exact same PR points as every other interview. The distinction between subtitles and dubbed English track on the setup menu is also made clear, for those that had a problem with that on the Dragon Tattoo release. (Alliance)