Well, Claire Foy certainly changed things up here. After becoming known to us by playing Queen Elizabeth in The Crown for two seasons. Now, in a complete change of pace she has taken on the character of Lisbeth Salander. For those who have read the novels by Stieg Larsson or seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film then you are very familiar with this character. Lisbeth is a computer hacker who tends to wear black leather and has plenty of piercings. Meaning in no way near the Queen in any way.
That being said it is another example of her taking an iconic character on and making it her own. Her Queen was not like Helen Mirren’s nor is her Lisbeth like Rooney Mara’s. Subtle differences go a long way here. She does a good job, but in all honesty, she is not given much character development to work with.
After being fired by the American NSA, Frans Balder (Stephen Merchant – Fighting with My Family, Sherlock Gnomes) approaches computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy – First Man, Unsane) to steal Firewall, a program he developed, which can access codes for the entire planet’s nuclear weapons. As soon as she is successful at this it attracts the attention of the NSA, who send an agent, Ed Needham (LaKeith Stanfield – Sorry to Both You, Selma), after her and the program. Lisbeth reaches out to her old friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason – Borg McEnroe), for some help.
Things become even more complex and dangerous when some Russian thugs get Lisbeth’s computer as well as kidnaps Balder’s young son, August (Christopher Convery – from television’s Gotham), who is a math wiz and knows some key information. It becomes a race against time and matching wits with a formidable foe, who is someone Lisbeth knows very well.
Though the plot is rather thin in this instance it does not matter too much. Think of it rather like a James Bond film. With plenty of action and things going on behind the scenes which are not necessarily explained. Think more like if Atomic Blonde happened in Sweden. Lots of hand to hand combat with an expecially cool one which happens in the tight confines of a bathroom.
Very different from the previous English language film (there was a Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) which allowed for more of a connection between characters. This one is rather wham bam thank you ma’am. I wanted more moments between Lisbeth and August as the few we got were magical.
If you don’t waste your time trying to compare this one to what came before then you will enjoy it. It is a good film, not a great one, but solid. Think of it more like a stand alone with a character you kinda know about (Lisbeth) with a different style of storytelling happening.
-Feature and Deleted Scenes Audio Commentaries with Director Fede Alvarez and Screenwriter Jay Basu
-“Claire Foy: Becoming Lisbeth”
-“All About the Stunts”
-“Secrets of the Salander Sisters”
-“Creating the World: The Making Of”
-Eight Deleted Scenes
-Previews for White Boy Rick, Escape Room, Searching, Venom, The Front Runner, The Wife