Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Review The Girl in the Spider's Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story (2018)


#TheGirlInTheSpidersWeb (2018): 5/10

The Girl In The Spider’s Web is based on the book of the same name by David Lagercrantz, as he looks to continue the excellent work laid out by the late Stieg Larsson in the “Millennium” series. The film acts as a soft reboot to its predecessors, this time directed by Fede Alvarez, who also brought us the tense ‘Don’t Breathe’ and a competent ‘Evil Dead’ remake.

The film once again follows Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) who is hired to help retrieve a rare piece of software that, if left in the wrong hands, could give the user serious control of all nuclear warheads around the world. The premise certainly sounds very familiar, in fact the film overall feels like a very generic, watered down version of the ‘Dragon Tattoo’ films, somewhat abandoning its roots, which will no doubt appeal to a wider audience and make Sony a lot more money. But do the audience necessarily want a safe film?

Claire Foy really impressed in ‘First Man’, and just as is solid in her performance as Lisbeth. Rapace and Mara were tough acts to follow however, and you can’t help but feel that they really lived and breathed the role, with body piercings and fantastic stunt work respectively. None of the other cast members are really given a chance to shine, bar Sylvia Hoels, but frustratingly her appearance is kept brief.

The Girl In The Spider’s Web is a decent enough action flick that will entertain in parts, it’s just largely uninspiring and only really feels like a ‘Dragon Tattoo’ film in name and characters alone. Don’t be surprised though if Sony green light a sequel should it prove a money-spinner.

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