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“They say time is the fire in which we burn. I’m running out of it.” – Frans Balder
Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Apr 2021)
Brief Synopsis – Vigilante Lisbeth Salander gets herself involved in a complicated international conspiracy and must find a way to end it all.
My Take on it – Interesting story that adds a bit to the story of the main character of Salander who has been dealing with corrupt officials in Sweden.
This is the first of those stories not based on the works of the original author Stieg Larsson.
The story plays out in a very predictable and typical way and doesn’t manage to reach a much more intriguing level that would help keep things interesting the whole way through.
Claire Foy is fine in the lead, but she isn’t able to give us something as powerful as either of her predecessors in this role.
The story is more toned down in it’s depiction of the depraved and corrupt world than in the previous entries of the series and that lessens part of the effectiveness of the character and her tale.
The one thing that they get right here are the way that they present the action scenes, because they are quite thrilling to watch.
The story itself gets a bit too convoluted along the way and there are far too many aspects of things that don’t seem unique or original enough along the way which hurts things a bit too much.
It’s too bad that this series seems to have burned itself out because it had so much more potential with its characters.
Apparently, the three original novels as written by Larsson were done in the best way possible, and no other author will ever be able to understand and write these characters in a more effective and engaging way that he was during his lifetime.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Stieg Larsson had planned to write ten books about Lizbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, and the notes are in the possession of his partner, Eva Gabrielson. However, since they were not married, his father and brother inherited the rights to his literary estate upon his death, and the two parties never came to terms about the direction of the series. The family then hired another writer to create new stories. This film is based on the novel of the same name, the fourth book in the series and the first one not to be written by Stieg Larsson as he had died before he could write anymore entries. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)