Friday, November 5, 2010

Movie Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

This afternoon, I saw the third film in the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. (The first two films were The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire.) Despite the rotten rating at Rotten Tomatoes, I thought it was very good, a nice, fitting way to complete the trilogy.

Lisbeth Salander is about to stand trial for the attempted murder of her father, Alexander Zalachenko, the war criminal that a covert organization within the Swedish government is hiding. Mikael Blomqvist, the journalist and publisher of the shit-disturbing magazine Millennium, tries to help Lisbeth, but amidst the conspiracy to cover up the truth, he and his magazine, including his partner and staff, are in deadly jeopardy.

Meanwhile, the blonde tank, Niedermann, is on the run, wreaking havoc wherever he goes, killing two police officers and various innocent bystanders, and trying to finish off Lisbeth. In the course of the trial, the sonovabitch Dr. Teleborian is lying through his teeth to have Lisbeth committed for life, calling her a dangerous schizophrenic. But Teleborian will get his dues in the end.

At two and a half hours long, I was surprised to find myself so engaged that I didn't need to take a bathroom break. The ending nicely ties up all the loose ends, and I have to conclude that this is probably the best cinematic trilogy I have ever seen. (Actually, Yoji Yamada's samurai trilogy is the best, but this one is the best in terms of having a continuous storyline.)

Highly, highly recommended. (It goes without saying that you have to watch the entire trilogy.)

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