Readers around the world have made the Millennium series of books one of the new century’s greatest success stories in publishing, thanks to the explosive appeal of Stieg Larsson’s memorable creation Lisbeth Salander.
Over four well-received movie adaptations, Lisbeth’s iconic grip on her fans has only deepened, so when David Lagercrantz’s acclaimed continuation of the novels, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, was released in 2015, the next movie in Sony Pictures’ popular franchise practically announced itself.
Now, in the blistering thriller The Girl In The Spiders Web, fans will experience an all new Lisbeth Salander adventure that finds this misfit outsider – 21st century fiction’s most original and complicated warrior for justice — in the middle of her most dangerous and personally revealing crusade yet.
When a scientist employs her to steal his work from the Americans, Lisbeth finds herself pulled into a dark and violent web of intrigue after mysterious forces take the data, torch her apartment, and leave her for dead.
With her old friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, acting as an unlikely ally, Lisbeth must go on a perilous journey to find her attackers. Besides, she must protect the scientist’s young son. Furthermore, she wants to get back what was taken from her. As the net tightens, she is drawn ever deeper back into the shadows of her own mysterious past.
The bad men of the world take on Lisbeth Salander at their own peril. But for those who need a new kind of hero – the voiceless, the vulnerable – she’s that righteous, volatile rebel we may need now more than ever.
LISBETH SALANDER (CLAIRE FOY)
She may not need the world, but the world needs Lisbeth Salander. The look. That tattoo. Those skills. That determination.
The fierce vigilante star of Stieg Larsson’s massively popular Millennium trilogy of dark, twisty, vengeance-driven cyber-thrillers, and four acclaimed film adaptations, independent hacker Lisbeth Salander is everything we need in a modern hero.
She is smart, resourceful, driven by demons but not defined by them, and possessing a me-against-the-universe attitude that has been more than enough to take down abusive men, hidden killers, and anyone foolish enough to go up against her.
Emmy and Golden Globe winner Claire Foy, the star of The Crown, plays outcast vigilante defender Lisbeth Salander.
Authentically, the British actress slips in the role of the smart but fragile woman with her special attitude. Foy has the talent, to say more with her eyes, than others with their mouth.
Moreover, in a special way, she shares cold and danger with us as well as the few warm and safe moments. Therefore, it seems that Lisbeth Salander got out of the books, to be reborn in Claire Foy.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web is Foy’s fourth movie within one year. So, she outshone Andrew Garfield in Breath, played alongside Ryan Gosling in First Man, and overwhelmed the audience in Steve Soderberg’s Unsane.
Claire Foy belongs without any doubt to the most talented new hopes of the international film.
CAMILLA SALANDER (SYLVIA HOEKS)
In the course of the story, Lisbeth Salander’s past comes back in a significant way in the form of her long-lost sister Camilla. To play this haunting figure from Lisbeth’s traumatic background, Alvarez cast Dutch actress and Blade Runner 2049 breakout star Sylvia Hoeks.
Hoeks recently starred as the scene-stealing Luv in the critically acclaimed film Blade Runner 2049, opposite Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. The film, released by Warner Bros, earned her amazing reviews for her stand-out performance.
“I saw her in Blade Runner and it really blew my mind,” says Alvarez. “She’s so good and so intense and so different, and again, very unpredictable as an actress. I’m always going for what you don’t expect, and it was a pleasure to work with her.”
Hoeks will next star in the title role of an upcoming untitled biopic about the life of actress Sylvia Kristel.
Furthermore, Sylvia is currently shooting the Apple original sci-fi series See, starring with Jason Momoa, to debut in 2019. The series is described as an epic, world-building drama set in the future.
She has previously starred in several international films for which she has received awards recognition including Berlinale’s Shooting Star honor, among many others.
Sylvia Hoeks was first spotted by a modeling agency at a very young age and attended the Maastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts. Sylvia Hoeks is from the Netherlands and resides in Los Angeles.
Alongside Claire Foy and Sylvia Hoeks, Sverrir Gudnason (Borg McEnroe) stars as Mikael Blomkvist, Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out) as Ed Needham, and Stephen Merchant (Logan) as Frans Balder. In addition Claes Bang (The Square) stars as Jan Holster, Christopher Convery as August Balder. Moreover, Vicki Krieps (Phantom Thread) stars as Erika Berger, Cameron Britton (Mindhunter) as Plague, and Synnøve Macody Lund (Headhunters) as Gabriella Grane.
THE LOCATIONS – BERLIN & STOCKHOLM
The new installment of the Millennium franchise – based on the worldwide literary phenomenon originated by Stieg Larsson and continued by David Lagercrantz – started production in January 2018 in Berlin and wrapped in April in Stockholm.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web presents the typical Swedish touch. Thus, it’s cool and stylish. In addition, it’s hard but quiet at the same time. Furthermore, the film has thrilling and pensive moments.
Somehow, because of her look, the bike, the atmosphere, the movie could be a sequel of the Matrix Trilogy, just with a feminine hero.
However, the story of The Girl in the Spider’s Web is good, no doubt. But it’s also quite simple. Unfortunately, some parts aren’t very persuading.
On the one hand, Salander is a very smart woman, who plans her activities in detail. Thus, she knows things before they will happen. On the other hand, she is weak and falls into simple traps from time to time.
Therefore, The Girl in the Spider’s Web is certainly no masterpiece of European film. But it’s an entertaining and somehow timeless movie.
Despite some weaknesses, fans of Stieg Larsson’s novels and Scandinavian thrillers, will get what their heart desires: cool action, smart twists and unique characters.
Moreover, with a good glass of wine and a warm blanket, The Girl in the Spider’s Web will be a perfect movie for a home cinema eve with your beloved one. Hence, VALEUR gives 7.5 points.