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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009)

Luftslottet som sprängdes (original title)
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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.



(novel), (screenplay) (as Ulf Rydberg)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sofia Ledarp ...
Anders Ahlbom ...
Dr. Peter Teleborian (as Anders Ahlbom Rosendahl)
Micke Spreitz ...
Ronald Niederman (as Mikael Spreitz)
Georgi Staykov ...
Mirja Turestedt ...
Niklas Falk ...
Hans Alfredson ...
Lennart Hjulström ...
Jan Holmquist ...
Niklas Hjulström ...


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. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, some sexual material, and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 November 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest  »

Box Office


€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$723,301 (USA) (29 October 2010)


$5,188,972 (USA) (25 February 2011)

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Dr. Anders Jonasson was originally named Anders Jakobsson, after a real-life doctor and close friend of Stieg Larsson. The real Jakobsson, however, confronted Larsson's father and brother about having denied Larsson's partner, Eva Gabrielsson, a share of the literary estate. In retaliation, the surviving Larssons changed the character's name. See more »


When Erika Berger comes into the Millennium offices and turns on her computer before finding another email threat, it is clear that her computer is already on before she reaches over to press the button because the Apple light is already on. See more »


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The best of the bunch!
14 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After watching Hornet's Nest, you'll want to go back to Dragon Tattoo and experience all three films again in sequence. Like coming to the end of an exceptional book, you'll hope for more, surely another way to eke out a Lisbeth Salander film to enjoy. She has become with this trilogy one of the strongest female characters in 21st century film. No wonder actresses were battling to play her--she is the equivalent to Jason Bourne in any regard. (I can't imagine Hollywood doing a better job of these films--can you?)

I believe Hornet's Nest is best of the bunch. Salander is cornered, in hospital and under arrest, in danger of being recommitted to the institution that held her under guardianship. Despite her uncommunicative nature, Salander has friends, true friends who'll stick their necks out to protect her. But Salander is always willing to fight for herself, and she finds ways to do battle.

Hornet's Nest gives us a better film than the other in terms of suspense and dramatic flow. The pieces assemble, the foes are distinguished from the good guys, there is conflict and threat launched in surprising ways. Of the three, Hornet's Nest is the most suspenseful and best executed of the films in my opinion, a superb finish to a wonderful series.

Excuse me while I start reading the books.

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