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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

Still of Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's NestStill of Michael Nyqvist in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's NestThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.0/10 (19,459 voted)

Critic's Score: 60/100

Director: Daniel Alfredson

Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre

After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in a hospital and is set to face trial for attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must prove her innocence. In doing this she plays against powerful enemies and her own past.

Writers: Ulf Ryberg, Stieg Larsson

Michael Nyqvist - Mikael Blomkvist
Noomi Rapace - Lisbeth Salander
Lena Endre - Erika Berger
Annika Hallin - Annika Giannini
Jacob Ericksson - Christer Malm
Sofia Ledarp - Malin Erikson
Anders Ahlbom - Dr. Peter Teleborian (as Anders Ahlbom Rosendahl)
Micke Spreitz - Ronald Niedermann (as Mikael Spreitz)
Georgi Staykov - Alexander Zalachenko
Mirja Turestedt - Monica Figuerola
Niklas Falk - Edklinth
Hans Alfredson - Evert Gullberg
Lennart Hjulström - Fredrik Clinton
Jan Holmquist - Hallberg
Niklas Hjulström - Ekström


Official Website: Music Box Films Site [United States] | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 27 November 2009

Filming Locations: Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden

Box Office Details

Budget: €4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $CAD195,630 (Canada) (2 May 2010)

Gross: $5,186,974 (USA) (13 February 2011)

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Did You Know?

The character Gullberg is played by Hans Alfredson, father of the director Daniel Alfredson.

Revealing mistakes: In the hospital Lisbeth's nasal canula is on upside down. The tab always goes on the upper lip.

User Review

Exciting recapitulation of the Millennium trilogy

Rating: 8/10

Perspective: I am 25, Danish (thus understanding Swedish) and have not read the books.

The final movie covering Stieg Larssons Millennium trilogy ties all the pieces together and explains the deeper reasons for Lisbeth Salanders unreasonable treatment by society.

Compared to its predecessors, I found the first movie highly gripping for its unique roughness and interesting characters, while the sequel didn't really catch me due to a plain storyline and little creativity. This movie however is back on track, keeping a good pace of events and complexity.

If you have already followed Salander and Blomkvist during the previous books/movies, you will surely enjoy watching how the conspiracy is being unraveled through intense investigations and court trials. You will experience how the opposition crumble beneath Salander and Blomkvists combined efforts at exposing and confronting the deeper reasons for Salanders struggles, and how they piece the puzzle together to clear her name and taking down the shady factions of society.

The movie has a nice level of well thought out detail, but also a several logical breaches. You leave the cinema with a feeling of wanting to know much more about how the initial conspiracy evolved and how parts of the investigation (not involving the key characters) is carried out. This is likely due to the dept of Stieg Larssons books, being impossible to portrait in just 150 swift minutes. This may eventually be a teaser lurking me into reading the books.

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