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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (2009)
"Luftslottet som sprängdes" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  12 November 2010 (USA)
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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.



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Sofia Ledarp ...
Anders Ahlbom ...
Dr. Peter Teleborian (as Anders Ahlbom Rosendahl)
Micke Spreitz ...
Ronald Niederman (as Mikael Spreitz)
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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

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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:

Millennium 3: La reina en el palacio de las corrientes de aire  »

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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Veteran actor Per Oscarsson's last film. He died in a house fire the following year. See more »


In the flashback footage from The Girl Who Played with Fire when burning Zalachenko falls out of the car, he falls next to the container and the spilled "gasoline" that splattered when Salander threw it on him and dropped the container, but it doesn't ignite, proving it isn't gasoline. See more »


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Final half of the second story
26 June 2010 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

I will not call this a third part in the Millennium series, since it starts exactly where The Girl Who Played with Fire left off and continues with the same story. However, if the first film was a classic mystery thriller and the second film was more of an action thriller, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest goes in the direction of a political thriller. Spies, government agencies, covert operations, etc. It successfully explains things and closes all avenues opened by the first two films.

I have to say that I felt the movie both unreal and gratifying. Trained with US films about shadow agencies that kill anyone stand in their way, I found the Swedish counterparts meek and overly cautious. But what version is the more realistic one, I have no idea. So, yes, it felt strangely different from American thrillers, but it also made sense. Clearly it has a refreshing point of view on the matter.

Bottom line: I guess there is little purpose in watching this film and not watch the other two preceding it in the trilogy. And since you liked the other two, you should see this one as well. I enjoyed it, it explained everything that was left unexplained and everybody got their share. Of course, there is still room for another Micke and Lisbeth story, but clearly with a new plot.

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