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Running Time:
2 hours, 28 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for strong violence, some sexual material, and brief language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This extended wrap-up is an exciting but uneven conclusion to Stieg Larsen's Millennium trilogy.

Additional Info:
There are no additional DVD features

Noomi Rapace ... Lisbeth Salander
Michael Nyqvist ... Mikael Blomkvist
Lena Endre ... Erika Berger
Annika Hallin ... Annika Giannini
Jacob Ericksson ... Christer Malm
Sofia Ledarp ... Malin Erikson
Anders Ahlbom ... Dr. Peter Teleborian
Micke Spreitz ... Ronald Niedermann

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Luftslottet som sprängdes)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest starring Noomi Rapace: DVD CoverThis is the final installment of the late author Stieg Larsson's popular Millennium Series of novels. When we last saw Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) and Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) in The Girl Who Plyed with Fire, he was calling the police and EMTs and she had been shot three times by her evil, Soviet-defector father Alexander Zalachenko (Georgi Staykov) and impervious-to-pain half-brother Ronald Niedermann (Micke Spreitz) - although she did put an end to her father with a shovel. Now, while she recovers in the hospital, the police still plan to arrest her for murder. The men who have covered up Zalachenko's crimes for thirty years plot to silence her, either by killing her or by having Dr. Peter Teleborian (Anders Ahlbom Rosendahl), the psychologist who declared her incompetent, do it; and the missing Niedermann wants revenge. Fortunately,  Blomkvist's sister Annika (Annika Hallin) is a lawyer, and he sends her to handle Lizabeth's defense while he plans to devote the next issue of Millennium to proving Lisbeth's innocence, though his editor and sometime lover Erika (Lena Endre) worries about his obsession with the case.

Sounds exciting, right? And it really should be, but in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Lisbeth has hardly anything at all to do. She spends the first half of the film in her hospital bed, barely moving. When Mikael manages to smuggle a cellphone to her, she starts writing her autobiography - essentially, recapping things we know from the earlier films (or books). Finally, she changes back into her leather outfit from the first movie in order to look incongruous at her trial.

The main problem is that the series' most charismatic character is completely passive for most of this film, and what's worse is that when people are doing things, they frequently don't make a lot of sense. Stolen evidence reappears without any explanation. and the trial often seems downright nonsensical. That Teleborian is the only person evaluating Lisbeth when part of her defense is accusations against him seems unbelievable, and it seems that Annika spends an awful lot of time trying to prove that Nils Bjurman raped Lisbeth back in the first movie, despite the fact that his murder, the one count where it might be relevant, is one where Lisbeth isn't even pleading self-defense.

But the movie features a great finish, where three movies' worth of subplots and characters dovetail into a breathtaking climax and final confrontation that is quite exciting. The taut music score by Jacob Groth and the brooding cinematography of Peter Mokroskinski enhance this intense dramatic crescendo. But it's the direction of Daniel Alfredson that holds the whole film together. Hopefully the upcoming American remake will be this satisfying. 

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