In the movie series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest follows The Girl Who Played With Fire. In this film, a secret organization within the current Swedish government tries to kill Lisbeth Salander, a hacker and researcher. However, this clandestine government organization fails, so they try to have her committed to a mental institution. This movie is the last in a trilogy of movies that focuses on Lisbeth Salander.
To begin, one story line in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest deals with a corrupt criminal justice system; specifically, a certain prosecutor for the Swedish justice system. His name is Ekström. He filed fake murder charges on Lisbeth.
On top of that, this movie deals with a secret government organization with the current government. This organization is called the Section. It’s a clandestine government organization, and it has had no leaks for 30 years.
In this film, we also learn Lisbeth inherits family property. She inherits her mother’s and father’s estate. However, she tells her lawyer to give all her father’s estate to charity, since she doesn’t want it because it was gained through criminal activity.
Once again, we see the Swedish state trying to commit Lisbeth Salander to a state mental institution. The real reason the state wants to institutionalize Lisbeth is because she is viewed as a threat to the King of Sweden’s foreign relationships, is a national security threat, the Section wants her dead, and her father wants her dead too. That being said, Lisbeth will need a lawyer in order to stop the state from having her recommitted to a mental institution.
Not only that, Lisbeth’s civil rights were violated. She was committed to a state mental institution as a minor, which is against the law. You can’t violate the constitutional rights of children because they are citizens.
Additionally, constitutional issues are involved in this movie. Because a secret government organization is trying to kill or have Lisbeth institutionalized, constitutional issues are at stake. Therefore, in this film, we see Blomquist working with constitutional lawyer, Monica Figuerola, behind the scenes.
This film also looks, too, at the powers of doctors. Under privacy laws, Lisbeth has a doctor/privacy confidentiality relationship. That means her doctor’s word is law in the hospital. He can prevent a psychiatric evaluation to be done by an outside state psychiatrist.
When Blomquist has questions about Lisbeth in this movie, he goes to a government official. However, the politician, unwilling to provide any information on Lisbeth, hides behind protocol. At this point, Blomquist informs the politician that he will publish damaging information, if the politician does not cooperate.
Through this movie, the state wants to declare Lisbeth incompetent. In fact, most of the movie revolves around court proceedings. These proceedings are an attempt by the state to declare Lisbeth incompetent. However, in court, Lisbeth’s lawyer succeeds in defeating the state’s motion to declare her incompetent.
In short, I enjoyed this last movie. Lisbeth once again prevails over bad guys who happen to be the government. I recommend this movie to Lisbeth Salander fans.