Stieg Larsson's concluding book of his "Millennium" trilogy, "The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," has been met with disappointment. Unlike the previous books which presented more action and S&M behavior, "The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" is the denouement or the unraveling of the the previous two stories, "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" and the "The Girl who Played with Fire." Fortunately for movie goers, this Swedish motion picture with English subtitles delivers an intriguing story on the big screen this weekend.
"The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" opens shortly after the events of the previous motion picture. Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is recovering from injuries sustained after discovering a family secret of national significance. As she recovers from her injuries, Lisbeth learns that she is under arrest for the attempted murder of her father. Fortuantely for Lisbeth, her strongest allay is Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) the crusading journalist from "Millennium Magazine." Lisbeth did Mikael a favor in **The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo** and he feels obligated to return the favor.
As Mikael uncovers the conspiracy of old white men, the journalist learns about Lisbeth's case history as patient committed to a mental institution. Lisbeth's peculiar behavior is revealed to be a defense to the horrors that she faced as a child of the state. As a team that never meets until the trial, both Lisbeth and Mikael are forever connected.
While "The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" is an entertaining stand alone movie, it would be good to review the previous motion pictures of the "Millennium" trilogy. Many minor narrative seeds are planted in **Millennium Parts I and II** that blossom in "Millennium Part III."
Much humor derives from Lisbeth asserting her identity as a punk rocker, yet Noomi Rapace sheds some of the character's most abrasive characteristics. As she recovers from her injuries, Rapace reveals Lisbeth's nobler side. When Hollywood produces their version of the "Millennum" trilogy, actress Rooney Mara will have her work cut out for herself by trying to replace Noomi Rapace's ownership of the character, Lisbeth Salander.
With the "James Bond" franchise on hiatus, Daniel Craig will have an easier time replacing Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Blomkvist. As the blond headed thug who feels no pain, actor Micke Spreitz is a strong presence that could easily be substituted as a the Bond Villian's henchman. The character is ominous as he is memorable.
While at the screening for "The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," critics applauded the final chapter. As critics begin to compile our Top Ten List for 2010, the question is if all 3 movies will be on the list or just one entry will be listed as "The Millenneum Trilogy" featuring the full saga of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist.