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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-15-2018

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VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION | NOVEMBER 15-21, 2018 ENTERTAINMENT 7 'The Girl in the Spider's Web' entertains with action and espionage HHH 1/2 One of the memorable and enjoy- able aspects of the Jason Bourne movies is that they feel different than the standard Hollywood studio sys- tem. This is partly due to the fact they were filmed primarily overseas, and that worked well since his amnesiac character was hiding out there. Most of the films we see now are usually retreads of European prop- erties. In this case, "The Girl in the Spider's Web" was originally a Swedish novel from the "Millennium" series. In 2011, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara tackled "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" to mild success. But apparently, American audiences weren't fully engaged or interested in the story of Lisbeth Salander. That being said, they're giving another opportunity to the elusive hacker Lisbeth. In this outing, Lisbeth is slinking around Stockholm as a vigilante avenging woman who are being manipulated or mistreated by men. After one such night out, she is approached by a client who wants her to retrieve a computer program he designed. The program is a danger- ous one that would allow the user the ability to hack into and control any military's launch capable missiles, including nuclear warheads. Lisbeth succeeds into hacking into the NSA's database, but soon finds out that there are other interested groups that want to get their hands on the program. After surviving an attempt on her life, she begins playing a game of cat and mouse evading the NSA agent chasing after her and the Russian mobsters who once worked with her father. She has to reach out to her journalist liaison, Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason), and also ends up striking a bargain with Agent Needham (Lakeith Stanfield) before discovering the true identity of her true foe, Camilla (Sylvia Hoeks). While I've never read these books, they certainly seem to have the zeal and appeal of Ludlum's "Bourne" books. Lisbeth is antisocial but a talented computer whiz and capable of finding her way out of many situ- ations using her wits and higher than normal intelligence. Playing her here is Claire Foy, most recognizable from her role on "The Crown." She captures the introverted and elusive young woman very well and seems to always be on guard or looking over her shoulder. She expertly improvises when the need arises, such as riding her motorcycle over the frozen river outside her lair or when she climbs up to trigger the emergency release to raise a drawbridge. This film really gains momentum and picks up the pace in the second half as the screws begin to turn tighter on Lisbeth and the turmoil and pres- sure build. The challenges become greater and her chances for success seem slimmer by the minute, but she always seems to find a way out of the toughest predicaments. The film feels and runs pretty tight, though it has some slow points, but there's a great section in the airport when she gains control over their security system. Towards the end though, it becomes a grudge match between Lisbeth and Camilla before everything is settled. Both play their pieces as best they can until only one can claim checkmate. Overall, "The Girl in the Spider's Web" is a compelling and slick film with espionage and inno- vativeness. Though I still don't think it earns enough to garner another chapter. The film is rated R. CLAIRE FOY plays Lisbeth Salander who is hired to retrieve a danger- ous computer pro- gram in "The Girl in the Spider's Web," another chapter in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" series. Film Unfiltered TOM BURKE

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