The Girl In The Spider’s Web Review

Starring: Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason, Lakeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks.

Director: Fede Alvarez

Release date: 21st November 2018


Two young sisters, Lisbeth (Claire Foy) and Camilla (Camilla Hoeks) Salander live with their dad but things are not all rosey. One day, Lisbeth runs away, leaving Camilla alone with her dad… Many years later, Lisbeth is living in Stockholm, working as a hacker but also as an avenger for abused women. She’s given a new assignment and then the NSA in Washington is hacked. A new top secret project is stolen and Lisbeth holds all the cards. Everyone is after Project Firefall and will stop at nothing to get it. Who are the Spiders and what do they want with ‘Firefall’?


This is the third installment in the ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ series of movies, with the previous two ‘..Dragon Tattoo’ movies in 2009 and 2011. Each time, Lisbeth Salander has been played by a different actress, firstly by Noomi Rapace then Rooney Mara and now by ‘The Crown’’s Claire Foy. They are all based on the novels by the late Swedish author, Stieg Larsson. Each one has put their own individual stamp on the character of Lisbeth and now Claire Foy has shown that she has more strings to her bow than just playing Queen Elizabeth. There was also ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’ (2009) and ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’ (2009).

A very dark thriller, with a large-ish amount of violence, ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ is fast paced throughout and with twists and turns aplenty. You spend the whole movie rooting for Lisbeth, even though her endgame may not necessarily be legal. She’s a bit of an avenging angel, with all the street smarts that a good hacker could have but it’s very obvious that her childhood upbringing has left some very deep scars.


If you enjoyed the other films, you will definitely love this one. It doesn’t have some of the big names that the others have had in the past but that doesn’t mean it’s not of the same calibre. There’s also the plus side that you can watch this movie without having seen the others.

If you’re looking for something to see with a bunch of your mates, then definitely give this one a watch. It will keep you both guessing and entertained.

Overall: 8/10

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