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Lisbeth is asked to save civilization... but she can't save the film because there's nothing for her to do but fight and suffer, suffer and fight, and there's no one around her to hold our interest, let alone catch our fancy.
A ridiculous amount of the plot involves what I call the Magical Hacker Trope: a computer boffin uses her smartphone, laptop or other gizmo to do things Bill Gates never dreamed of as she unlocks doors, cars and computers on the fly, anywhere...
Anything that was interesting about Lisbeth in the original narrative... has been written out. As of "Spider's Web," she's just another glowering vigilante superhero packaged for maximum consumption on airplane flights and downstream video.
We're presented with a world under glass, a world we can't penetrate or inhabit, and we're asked to follow the adventures of characters doing things we don't understand, who are engaged in a struggle we don't care about.
While Alvarez acquits himself with thrilling action sequences and breakneck pacing, the overall impression left by this "New Dragon Tattoo Story" is one of a razor-sharp blade dulled by the demands of franchise filmmaking.
Call it a spectacular failure to read the room that the new action-tooled The Girl in the Spider's Web -- James Bond without the bondage -- strips its hero of everything that made her spiky and singular.
Alvarez's film isn't a harsh character study or a brutal indictment of a misogynistic society: It's a fast-moving thriller about nuclear launch codes, and there's hardly any time for little luxuries like character development and themes.
Lisbeth is never going to be cuddly or sunny, but that doesn't mean she has to be robotic or impossible to read. That's something that Foy and Alvarez clearly understand, and the result is a heroine not only worth cheering for, but one worth loving.
It was probably inevitable that Hollywood would neuter the best elements of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" franchise, but did the producers really need to shift it into a commonplace cross between a superhero flick and James Bond?