Sorry for being away for so long guys, reviews should be going back to normal starting today. I was quite surprised to hear that David Fincher’s ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ was getting a sequel. I was further surprised when I heard it was going to separate itself from the original Millenium Trilogy. However, this did heighten my excitement to see The Girl In The Spiders Web. Going into this movie, I saw nothing but bad to mediocre reviews. Thankfully, this is a pretty good, entertaining, action thriller.
Young computer hacker Lisabeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.
The Girl In The Spiders Web looks to further the adventures of Lisabeth Salander, this time by introducing her sister. With each director having their own spin on these movies, David Fincher brought his usual cold style of filming and I was interested to see what direction Fede Alvarez was going to take the franchise in. Since he’s best known for ‘Don’t Breathe’ and 2013’s ‘Evil Dead’ I was looking forward to seeing some great atmosphere just like what Fincher brought. Instead, Alvarez decides to take the safe route and brings nothing new to a genre that’s been done to death.
Everything that happens in the movie is played out exactly as you would expect. From the opening prologue, until the very end, it’s all so predictable but that’s not to say it’s not completely enjoyable. That’s mostly what The Girl In The Spiders Web is, a fun, but flawed thriller. Claire Foy is a brilliant choice to replace Rooney Mara, the resemblance is there and she brings the same charisma that Mara brought the first time around. Even after the first movie, Lisabeth still has a lot of mystery behind her character and Foy is able to portray this very well. Sylvia Hoeks plays her sister Camilla Salander, she does a good job as the movie’s antagonist. Shes barely in the movie but does leave a menacing trace. I’ve always enjoyed villains that lurk in the shadows, pulling the strings from behind the curtain.
The locations do allow for some beautiful shots, with the music being very average. Nothing ever stands out which is a real shame because thrillers tend to have very powerful scores. There are some really well-done scenes in this movie, with a car chase sequence being one of the more memorable moments.
Overall, The Girl In The Spiders Web sadly never tries to be more than what it can be. Always feeling very average, following every generic convention of an action thriller. Claire Foy does a really good job at replacing Rooney Mara. It does its job at being an entertaining movie, it’s just a shame it never tried to be more.
The Girl In The Spiders Web (6/10)
Director: Fede Alvarez
Runtime: 115 Minutes