The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Released: 27 November 2009
If you want to see this movie now, you have to travel to Landmark's River Oaks Theatre or The Woodlands. I love going to the old theatre on the outskirts of downtown Houston so I went to River Oaks.
I parked across the street from the theatre in front of Barnes and Noble. Since it was so convenient, I purchased the lasted John Grisham novel and pitched it in my back seat as I passed by on my way to the picture show. Now that's a twofer.
"Hornet's Nest" is the final in the "Millennium Trilogy" by Stieg Larrson. Here is some trivia on Larrson: "Finished his so-called Millennium Trilogy shortly before his death in 2004. All three novels were published posthumously. He had finished three-quarters of a fourth book before his death and had notes for two more and had planned a series of ten." Big loss for the literary and movie world; he died in Stockholm at age 50.
The first book made into a movie was "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," which I saw in June of this year. And shortly thereafter in July, I saw the second installment "The Girl Who Played with Fire." I saw all three movies at River Oaks. We need to keep River Oaks open especially since we recently lost The Angelika.
My reviews on the first two movies are archived on my movie page at LarryHmovierevies.com. I gave "Tattoo" a 93 and an 82 for "Fire." These Swedish movies with subtitles have been so successful and intriguing to American audiences that Hollywood will soon have its first English version re-make of "Tattoo" directed by David "The Social Network" Fincher. Not sure of the exact date of release but the word is "sometime in 2011." I hope Fincher doesn't screw it up; these movies are special.
The girl is Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) who is now recovering in a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds because the last movie left her near death. But Lisbeth is tough; very tough and she is not about to allow a bullet in the head, shoulder and hip slow her down. The authorities are patiently waiting for her to get out of the hospital so they can arrest her and prosecute her for attempted murder. Ok, she tried to kill her father, Alexander Zalachenko, with an axe but the dirty so and so had it coming. Self defense!
As a reminder, when Lisbeth was only 12, she doused her father and set him on fire because he had been beating her mother. That dirty so and so; he had it coming. She has a half brother that is upset and wants to kill her, too. And oh yeah, she has been raped, abused, and falsely incarcerated in a mental hospital for years. You'd have spiked hair, multiple piercings and a giant dragon tattoo on your back if it happened to you. She is one angry girl. Will the system finally beat her? Will she get some measure of revenge or justice? This movie is worth the trip. Rock 'n Roll.