With Claire Foy headlining the movie: “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”, one might expect an excellent performance from Foy (especially given her awards for her work on “The Crown”). However, her performance is lukewarm, even though it is arguably the best one in the film.
Foy plays Lisbeth Salander , a vigilante hacker who is hired by Frans Balde (played by Stephen Merchant). Balde, a recently terminated National Security Agency (NSA) employee, created a program which could infiltrate most online weapons systems. His mission for Salander is to obtain it for him, after which, he will destroy it. Sounds simple enough. However, in practice, the plot takes too long to get interesting, while only really rewarding moviegoers close to the end.
A simple stand-off scene, well, at the end, serves as the movie’s strongest point, with the emotions brought to the forefront. With the past drawn up akin to removing a knife in the heart, blood gushing out, this scene, at the very least, ends the movie on a laudable, if expected note. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” never quite seems to live up to the success of its forerunner.