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The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Reviewed by Jay

Jay´s Review

Ready to try again? First of all: Suspend disbelief. If you read or watched Steig Larsson'sMillennium Trilogy, set it aside and don't start nitpicking. Let's pretend this is a stand-alone thriller that features characters with whom we are familiar. Claire Foy is a memorable Liz Salander, the unique woman we know from "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
Horror/Thriller director Fede Alvarez ("Don't Breathe") collaborating with screenwriters Jay Basu and Steven Knight, keeps us on the edge of our seats as our favorite hacker goes up against government corruption and cyber spies.
Part of the cast:
  • * Claire Foy ("The Crown") Lizbeth punishes men who are cruel to females, young or old. She is still a hacker, extraordinaire, who never met a security system she couldn't defeat.
  • * Sylvia Hooks ("Blade Runner 2049") Her sister Camila will never forgive Liz for leaving her with their father.
  • * Stephen Merchant ("Logan") Franz is concerned about a powerful program he wrote. Now he needs Liz to help.
  • * Christopher Convery ("Gotham") August and his dad came to Stockholm from California. Now he wants to go home!
  • * Lakeith Stanfield ("Atlanta") Edwin can tell that the system his employer wants is in Stockholm. Problem is, the NSA is not welcome in Sweden, so how can he retrieve it? (Plague recognizes his name!)
  • * Cameron Britton ("Stitchers") Plague is Liz Salander's most trusted wingman. 
  • * Synnøve Macody Lund ("Black Widows") This powerful Swedish agent tells Edwin to "go back to Disneyland!"
  • * Sverrir Gudnason ("A Serious Game") Mikael Blomkvist wants to be clear, he sold the magazine, not respect. He needs Liz to advance his career.
This R-rated thriller will take you from Stockholm to the forest, from government facilities to a derelict old home. Expect physical violence, gun shots, vehicular chases, blowie uppie stuff and threats of torture. There is one "Don't go in the basement!" scene and one laugh-out-loud moment.
The screening audience was excited and upbeat as we exited the theater.
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Please see the trailer:
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