Opening up to two small children playing chess, the screenwriters and director of “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” creates a plot full of mystery and questions for the audience to ponder on throughout the film. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” is a film based off of the fourth book in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series written by David Lagercrantz after Larsonn passed away.

Fede Alvarez directed the new spin off of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Although the movie is not as well planned as the original, it put a modern spin on the film by emphasizing technology. The movie also featured lots of explosions and very basic plot twists, such as nuclear codes and car chases.

The main character, Lisbeth Salander, targets men who abuse women and gives the female the money from his bank accounts. This is only shown in the first few scenes of the movie but is constantly brought back into the plot as Lisbeth tries to protect a young boy. Salander is seen as a mix between Batman and Robinhood, with her dark attire and want to give back to the abused.

With the totally unpredictable bad guys, a group called The Spiders, show up to try and ruin everything Salander has been working to prevent. The audience soon sees that there is a connection between Salander and someone in The Spider’s organization, which turns out to be her sister, who was once abused by their father. This ties back everything Lisbeth has been doing for people and connects her reasoning to her past.

A journalist is introduced into the film quite quickly and is soon a huge role in the totality of the plot. Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason) was portrayed as a possible love interest for Lisbeth but also married and struggling to keep his career as a journalist. He helps Lisbeth find information on how to track down the young boy she’s searching for throughout the movie and ultimately gives her the needed details to save everybody.

Since “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” is a tale of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” you would expect to need to see the first film, but the screenwriters did a good job restating information and plots discusses in the original. Certain things can be confusing but, once the film is complete, everything ties back into itself and ends up making complete sense.

Although the film was great quality with a decent plot, it was quite unbelievable at points. Motorcycling on thin ice, a very expensive sports car and survivals that were just too good to be true, make the movie a little too cheesy for some audience’s tastes.




Taylor Snow // Backpage editer

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