The slick, cool thriller “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” provides the perfect escapism for adults. The film, based on David Lagercrantz‘s novel, is as dreary and sordid as its source material. But this film is well written and acted, and Fede Alvarez‘s skillful direction keeps things fresh and interesting until the end.
Claire Foy steps into the role of Lisbeth Salander, a badass computer hacker with a taste for women and thirst for blood. Salander fancies herself the righter of wrongs, especially when it comes to taking revenge on men who abuse women. She’s a sort of feminist anti-hero, and Foy has the acting chops as well as the somber magnetism to pull it off. This reboot has her taking over the role from Rooney Mara and Noomi Rapace, and she’s the perfect fit.
The film centers around a scheme to steal a computer program that can access codes for nuclear weapons worldwide. The plot is full of the usual spy games and takes a few ridiculous twists and turns, but the story is compelling enough — especially when paired with lots of flashy action sequences.
This edgy tale of female empowerment may be just what we need right now in this age of the “Me Too” movement. I wouldn’t call this movie fun, but it certainly seduced me.