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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest Movie Review

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Lisbeth is near death, but the conspiracy continues in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, the third and final movie in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace return to their respective roles as they attempt to expose a vast government conspiracy that has not only existed for decades but has worked to keep Lisbeth imprisoned and considered incompetent since she was a child.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest suffers from the same issue The Girl Who Played with Fire did; Lisbeth and Mikael rarely share screen time together. Lisbeth doesn't even get to do a whole lot in this third installment; the title refers to the panic she stirs by her mere existence. Fans of Lisbeth will be mildly disappointed that the character remains hospitalized or incarcerated for most of the movie. While the previous entry was almost like an action movie at times, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest is a talking film, full of old, grumpy men and courtroom suspense (with a few murders thrown in for good measure).

And yet, even though the movie is markedly different than the last two films, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest is still a very good movie. Lisbeth and Mikael may not share much screen time, but they do work a little more closely together, the conspiracy they're attempting to uncover more personal and grand than before. The movie is never dull, and it is complex; most importantly, when all is said and done it's immensely satisfying.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest has its minor faults, but it maintains the quality expected of the franchise. Definitely recommended.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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