The Girl in the Spider’s Web

The Millennium series continues with what’s undoubtedly its weakest entry, as the movie, which follows several characters as they attempt to prevent cybercriminals from capturing a powerful piece of tech, segues from an admittedly strong opening into a narrative that boasts few compelling attributes. Scripters Jay Basu, Fede Alvarez, and Steven Knight, working from David Lagercrantz’s padded-out and hopelessly underwhelming book, deliver a tedious midsection focused mostly on the separate investigations by the picture’s three central protagonists (Claire Foy’s Lisbeth Salander, Sverrir Gudnason’s Mikael Blomkvist, and Lakeith Stanfield’s Ed Needham) – which ensures that The Girl in the Spider’s Web suffers from a distinctive lack of momentum that only grows worse and worse as time slowly progresses (ie the whole thing is just so stagnant). Foy’s decent turn, coupled with a sporadic inclusion of thrilling moments, is ultimately not enough to compensate for a misguided and wrongheaded production that remains a far cry from its David Fincher-directed predecessor (and the original Swedish films), and it does seem, in the end, that the franchise should’ve been retired after Stieg Larsson passed away a few years ago.

*1/2 out of ****

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