The Girl in the Spider’s Web

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Fired from the National Security Agency, Frans Balder recruits hacker Lisbeth Salander to steal FireWall, a computer program that can access codes for nuclear weapons worldwide. The download soon draws attention from an NSA agent who traces the activity to Stockholm. Further problems arise when Russian thugs take Lisbeth’s laptop and kidnap a math whiz who can make FireWall work. Now, Lisbeth and an unlikely ally must race against time to save the boy and recover the codes to avert disaster. – Sony Pictures Releasing

The Girl in the Spider’s Web was directed by Fede Álvarez and written by Steven Knight, Álvarez and Jay Basu, based on the novel of the same name by David Lagercrantz, based on the original Millennium book series by Stieg Larsson.

This movie has one of the worst trailers I’ve ever seen—it straight up sucks and it felt like it was played before every movie I saw. I hate the trailer so much that I would wait for to play so I could go to the bathroom. Because the trailer was absolute garbage it took lots of convincing from a friend to get me to agree to watch the original. I am happy to report that I really enjoyed David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo—I am aware that The Girl in the Spider’s Web is a soft reboot but the fact that I enjoyed the original gave me hope that the new one might not be the steaming pile of crap the trailer portrays it to be. Coupling my new hope with the discovery that Fede Álvarez directed The Girl in the Spider’s Web—I was slightly more in—I loved Evil Dead and Don’t Breath. 

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is a fine action movie and that’s it. This a very generic action plot with a fancy dragon tattoo added to it. A nuclear weapon. Bad guys. Bad government guys. Neutral guys. Good guys. A girl with a dragon tattoo. You’ve seen this movie before—hell it even has the autism is a superpower trope recently brought back in Shane Black’s The PredatorWith all that being said I did enjoy this movie, it’s ultimately forgettable but it’s enjoyable and under two hours. The action is nothing insane but it’s entertaining enough. The biggest surprise of this movie is how solid the acting was—no one mailed it in, shockingly. I actually think Claire Foy is a good Lisbeth and liked her better than Rooney Mara from the original. Lakeith Stanfield continues to impress me with the versatility of his acting abilities—he is at home doing action just as he is doing comedy.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is 100% watchable, you don’t have to think too much and won’t leave having learnt anything but there is worse ways to spend two hours. There is really no reason to see this movie in theaters unless you’ve already seen everything else out, you’re a die hard dragon tattoo fan or you have something like Movie Pass or AMC A-List. If you have the choice of seeing this or Overlord, please see Overlord. Though I will say I wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel to this, the movie was fine enough and the source material is supposedly very good.

I give The Girl in the Spider’s Web a 6 out of 10, would maybe watch again.

“Lisbeth, why is it spiders don’t get stuck in their own webs?”


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