The Girl In The Spider’s Web is far too generic to feel like it was truly worth the time, and doesn’t really give of the sentiment it was aiming for
It is pretty evident that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series has run its course; To all but the film makers, becoming another notch on the bed post of overworked franchises who simply adore spending their time raking in just a few more pennies.
Leading with Claire Foy rather than Rooney Mara or Noomi Rapace, the film is the series most individual, and separate outing, detailing a story line written post original author Stieg Larsson’s death. It feels disconnected, and that hurts both it’s likeability and its ability to thrill.
Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy), continues to save women from their abusers across the city of Stockholm. Hired to carry out a simple task to destroy an incredibly powerful online weapon, Lisbeth is intercepted before she can reach the pick up point, leaving it to fall into the wrong hands. However, as she embarks on her journey to recover the weapon, Lisbeth begins to realise she may know who the wrong hands belong to.
The Girl In The Spider’s Web falls so generically into the ‘action film’ quota it hurts. The film essentially becomes a checklist of explosions, motorbikes and silenced guns as Lisbeth powers her way through the snowy wasteland. The quest to return the weapon is no different from even the most boring of action films, and just because the themes make it look dark and brooding, doesn’t actually mean that it is.
Claire Foy is fine as Salander, yet there is only so much an actor can do with such a quiet and understated personality. Salander’s character is very much about her actions, not about expressing emotions. This becomes increasingly difficult when the story is just a simple chase job.
The Girl In The Spider’s Web is far too generic to feel like it was truly worth the time, and doesn’t really give of the sentiment it was aiming for. The Millenium series is one of extreme individuality, and this second attempt at an American remake just cannot, and does not, capture that individuality with anywhere near enough style.
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