Viewed – 15 April 2011 Blu-ray
So we come to the final installment in the much acclaimed and iconic adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, where following the dramatic conclusion of The Girl Who Played With Fire, we find Lisbeth Salander recovering in hospital under Police observation awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her Father. At the same time hot-shot Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (the excellent Michael Nyqvist) is gathering evidence to clear her name. To say I was looking forward to this is an understatement, and although I had my reservations about the last movie, it still kept me gripped enough for me to want to find out what happens next.
Again Noomi Rapace is assured and confident in a role that has put her name firmly on the cinematic map, and with the much-anticipated American remakes in the pipeline, hers will be difficult shoes to fill. This time around she’s much more subdued but still delivers a darkly iconic presence despite her lack of dialogue, and I was certainly swept up in her plight, even if compared to the last two entires, she’s a little side lined. This time the movie has a broader focus even on more supporting characters of the trilogy such as Mikael’s girlfriend, and the ever imposing threat of Lisbeth’s man-mountain half-brother. This remains tense stuff, but lacks the thrills and action of previous instalments, and some plot moments seem more convenient than particularly believable, as if the writer was struggling to wrap everything up. This is still a satisfying conclusion though, and made with a respect for the source material that makes it, especially if you enjoyed the other two, a must see.
Looking back on the trilogy as a whole, I find it puzzling how distinctive and seperate the first movie is, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, with a plot much deeper and more fascinating than either of the movies that followed. That’s not to say that Lisbeth Salander’s troubled past isn’t interesting, but compared to the plot of ‘Dragon, I couldn’t find it quite as involving.
Verdict: 3 /5