The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest (2009)

girl who kicked the hornets nest poster 2009 movie
5.0 Overall Score
Story: 4/10
Acting: 7/10
Visuals: 6/10

Noomi Rapace

Dull story, helps ruin Lisbeth Salander's interesting character

Movie Info

Movie Name: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

Studio: Zodiak Entertainment

Genre(s): Drama/Mystery/Suspense

Release Date(s): November 27, 2009

MPAA Rating: R


One of us is interesting…one of us is boring…guess which is which

Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is in the hospital with her father Alexander Zalachenko (Georgi Staykov) after their battle at the farm.  Zala’s associates are out to silence Lisbeth and discredit anything she has to say about their organization’s actions.  Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is out to prove Lisbeth innocent and her sanity in a court trial that could determine if Lisbeth goes free or if the men behind the conspiracy are stopped.  If she can do it, can she avoid her half-brother Ronald Niedermann (Micke Spreitz) who has a grudge to pick with his sister.

Directed by Daniel Alfredson, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest is the third and final movie in the Millennium series by Stieg Larsson.  Following The Girl Who Played in Fire in 2009, the book and movie were met with mixed reviews but Noomi Rapace still received high marks for her performance as Lisbeth Salander.


No, scars are cool

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest honestly didn’t work for me.  It wasn’t a bad looking movie, but it was really boring.  The story pretty much revolves around this court case to prove Lisbeth Salander’s sanity and ability to defend herself in court.  Mikael Blomkvist always was a boring character.  He has no personality or charisma and most of this movie revolves around him trying to save Lisbeth (much like the second movie The Girl Who Played with Fire).


Wait…What? I thought I was here for running a stoplight with my scooter!

What made The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo work as a movie was dismissed by the The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest.  Noomi Rapace turned Lisbeth into an interesting character who was compelling, mysterious enigma.  In both sequels, they try to explain her and it doesn’t work.  The only scene in this movie that really got me is where Lisbeth is turning the court questioning back on her the prosecutor and makes it look easy like she is playing a game with them.  This really goes back to the original Salander, the smart and dangerous one from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest is the last in the series simply because Stieg died in 2004.  There are rumors of another book or possibly two books that were written before he died so Lisbeth Salander might not be finished.  Unfortunately if The Girl Who Played with Fire or The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest are representative of what the series might become, a fourth or fifth book might not be worth the paper they are written on…much less a movie of them.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

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