Lisbeth is back!

03 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Lisbeth Salander, the cult figure and title character of the acclaimed series created by Stieg Larsson, returns to the screen in The Girl in the Spider's Web.

The action begins when former National Security agent Frans Balder (Stephen Merchant) recruits hacker Lisbeth (Claire Foy) to steal FireWall, a computer program that can access codes for nuclear weapons worldwide. The download soon draws attention from an NSA agent who traces the activity to Stockholm. Further problems arise when Russian thugs take Lisbeth's laptop and kidnap a math whiz who can make FireWall work.

As in the past, Lisbeth can rely on a little help from a few geeky friends and her old pal Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason). While the plot fits more closely to Lisbeth's skill set than that of Mikael's, it doesn't leave him out for a second: Blomqvist's side of the story sees him focusing on an investigation of Balder, who ditches a job in Silicon Valley to protect his autistic son. As it turns out, Balder is being watched by The Spider Society, a criminal collective who intend to do him harm.

If you've read the books, you will know that The Girl in the Spider's Web is the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. However, instead of being the second book in the series, it is the fourth book in the Millennium series.

The first three books were written by Stieg Larsson, while The Girl in the Spider's Web is written by David Lagercrantz. As a matter of interest, all three books in Larsson's tenure were adapted as Swedish original films, starring Noomi Rapace as Lizbeth and Michael Nyqvist as Mikael. However, despite plans to combine the last two books in the Larsson trilogy, neither book made it into production.

Like the earlier (US) film based on Larssons' work, it's violent, with guns and shooting, fighting, falling, snapping bones, bloody wounds, dead bodies, car crashes, explosions, and more.

While Foy does a reasonable job in a limited role which offers precious little opportunity to flesh out her character beyond being a cartoonishly two-dimensional action hero, The Girl in the Spider's Web will appeal to action junkies.

WE give it 3.5 out of 5



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