"A disappointing second installment of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy meant that hopes were hardly high for the final one, and with Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) under police guard in hospital for the majority of the film, awaiting the trial that apparently has a country gripped, we're left to wonder where the excitement will come from. The answer? It doesn't.
Thanks to Salander being pretty much cut off from the outside world (all that was good from the first movie is confined to a small room), watching her tip-tap on a mobile phone is hardly exciting stuff. Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) may be out to prove her innocence and expose the political cover up that threatens to destroy her freedom, but they haven't spent any significant time together since the first outing - their chemistry as absent as the thrills.
Emotional distress is largely siphoned off into the occasional flashback and constant repetition of Salander's miserable past, in-house politics rule out the brutal urgency present in the first movie, and the ever-present cartoonish villainy destroys any hope of rescuing director Daniel Alfredson's retelling of this hugely bloated trilogy."