Originally planning to watch the 3rd and final part in the Millennium Trilogy as a way to mark my upcoming 500th review,I found myself suddenly having to change plans,when I discovered that I'd misplaced the box set! With thankfully having tracked down the set since my mistake,I decided to mark my upcoming 600th review,by at last watching the final part of the series.
Waking up in hospital after her dad has shot her in the head, Lisbeth Salander discovers that the bullet has been safely removed from her brain,and that the police have charged her.Initially hoping that she has finally gotten revenge for the abuse that her dad inflicted on the entire family for years,Salander's hopes are dashed,when Dr. Anders Jonasson reveals that he is in a stable condition,and being treated in a near by room.
Whilst Salander breaths a small sigh of relief over still being alive,investigating journalist Mikael Blomkvist begins putting together a special edition of a magazine called Millennium,which will go into detail about the abuse that Salander suffered in state institutions,and her dads close links to sections of the government.As Blomkvist starts to write the mag,two former members of a secret splinter cell within the Swedish security uncover Blomkvist investigations,and begin to fear that he is about to uncover their link to Salander's dad.
Desperate to stop Blomkvist before he finds out their secrets,the former spires locate Salanders for psychiatric counsellor,and get him to write a report that will be submitted to the court,which claims that Salander is insane.Relising that they do not have a similar option for Salander's dad,one of the ex-spires goes to the hospital and shoots him.Waking up from hearing gunshots outside,Salander starts to hear someone slowly walking towards her room,who is desperate to destroy the girl with the dragon tattoo.
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Avoiding the dull dead ends that Jonas Frykberg had taken the films in,the screenplay by Ulf Ryberg takes the film back to its Nordic Noir roots,while opening up the titles universe on a vast scope.Superbly showing in stark flashbacks the full effect of the horrific events that Salander has experienced in the movies, Ryberg reveals in a tremendous,centre-piece court room scene the decay which has rotted major parts of the government and the secret service,which goes from perverted psychiatrist Dr. Peter Teleborian being desperate to keep his shady past under wraps,to members of a secret splinter cell taking anyone down who attempts to discover their vicious activates.
Firmly keeping Salander and Blomkvist permanently on edge,returning director Daniel Alfredson and cinematographer Peter Mokrosinski show a fantastic skill in allowing scenes to breath,with Alfredson only going for a close-up on Salander's face when she is raising herself from near death,and also seeing the repercussions at last hit her perpetrator's.Along with the smart limited use of close- ups,Alfredson also creates a disturbing Nordic Noir mood,thanks to Alfredson giving each of the out door scenes a strong evil under the sun aura,and also dim lighting to create a tense feeling of mysterious strangers hiding in any corner of a room.
Despite being stuck in a hospital bed for the first half,Noomi Rapace gives a tremendous performance as Salander,with Rapace showing in her body language that every twitch Salander makes is connected to the past which she is haunted by.Getting out of bed,Rapace gives Salander an extremely charismatic, masculine stride,which suggests that Salander may be starting to be more optimistic about her future.Reuniting with Rapace, Michael Nyqvist gives an amazing performance as Blomkvist,with Nyqvist showing the wear & tear scatted over Blomkvist face due to his deep desire to release the secret history behind Lisbeth Salander-aka:The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
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