The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story is the closest thing to James Bond that isn’t a James Bond movie. The film is adapted from the Millennium series by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” features several notable upgrades, including Claire Foy as its star, and a revamp of its central character from an eccentric hacker into an almost-Batman-like vigilante.
Salander, like the sequels before, is still a feral loner and omniscient hacker who smokes a lot, rocks an Italian motorcycle, and dresses all in punky black. She plunders computers for money, and dispenses rough justice pro bono.
The plot begins with a flashback to Lisbeth’s dark past, her tortured girlhood and the life she escaped, before jumping to the present, where she’s shown dispensing her own brand of justice. The adult Salander is introduced while pummeling a wife-beater — and his bank account.
Foy does a number as she transforms miles away from her role in “The Crown” dropping the tiara and picking up a taser as the latest Lisbeth Salander, the aforementioned hacker.
Salander and her journalist ally and sometime lover, Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason) team up again. They team up to find Frans Balder (Stephen Merchant), a Swedish former NSA programmer who’s returned to an English-speaking Stockholm with his young math-savant son (Christopher Convery). Balder coded FireFall, the program everyone wants and hires Foy to steal back his stolen invention. The movie is serenades with pleasurably dangerous scenes involving are falls, fires, spiders, and chess games.