(The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest)

ROLE:  Mikael Blomkvist

GENRE: Crime thriller

COUNTRY:  Sweden, Denmark, Germany & Norway

SWEDISH PREMIERE: November 27, 2009


In this last installment of Steig Larsson's Dragon Tattoo Trilogy, Lisbeth Salander  lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge – against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

Film Details

Michael Nyqvist - Mikael Blomkvist
Noomi Rapace - Lisbeth Salander
Lena Endre - Erika Berger
 Sophia Ledarp - Malin Erikson
Annika Hallin - Annika Giannini
Jacob Ericksson - Crister Malm
Anders Ahlbom - Dr. Peter Teleborian
Micke Spreitz - Ronald Niederman
Georgi Staykov - Alexander Zalachenko
Mirja Turestedt - Monica Figuerola
Niklas Falk - Edklinth
Hans Alfredson - Evert Gullberg

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Director -  Daniel Alfredsson
Screenplay - Ulf Ryberg
Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson
Cinematography - Peter Mokronsinski
Music - Jacob Groth

 142 minutes

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Stockholm Premiere - November 23, 2009


"While the focus of The Girl Who Played with Fire is mostly on Lisbeth, who is interesting enough to carry a movie on her own, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest gives Blomkvist a lion's share of the screen time. And, although Michael Nyqvist provides an excellent portrayal of the crusading magazine editor, the character is a generic component of the traditional thriller/mystery genre."   ...Reel Views, James Berardinelli

"Nyqvist is ideal as the plodding journalist who is so channelled on a case of such unjust proportions and puts his fears aside. What adds to the brilliance of the actor and the work itself is that he makes credible a man who can live with what amounts to a steady dose of rejection by Salander and fight with fierce doggedness for her freedom - a rather rare relationship in film. It's not your classic romance."   ...Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals

"Crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, portrayed with a steady intelligence by well-known Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, is a shadow of the man Larsson envisioned; his editor and sometime lover Erika Berger even more so. But with Lisbeth in confined spaces here, the filmmakers have given the characters more room to breathe. Nyqvist and Endre make the most of it, with Endre's heat playing well against Nyqvist's chill."   ...Betsy Sharkey, LA Times

"Michael Nyqvist is solid as always in the role of journalist Mikael, and Lena Endre again does a lot with very little as Erika, the editor who loves him. Aksel Morisse also stands out as the doctor, understated but highly effective, providing the film with an important sense of the human and the ordinary against which to balance itself."   ...Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

"Michael Nyqvist, as journalist Mikael Blomkvist who has taken a key interest in Lisbeth's story with its Greek tragedy elements, grounds the film, although he is relatively overshadowed by the diminutive Rapace whose performance is heightened by its minimalism."   ...Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile

"Lisbeth's saga is, at its core, a cautionary tale for abusive caregivers and delinquent social services, but it's almost undone by sprawl. That the movie holds together at all is a testament to a smart, meaty screenplay by Jonas Frykberg and Ulf Ryberg and Daniel Alfredson's assured direction, which treats the most ludicrous plot developments with stylish Hitchcockian poise."    ...Amy Biancolli, SF Chronicle

"The nature of the story means that the third film is much more of a courtroom thriller than a detective story, which will obviously disappoint anyone hoping for the superlative detective movie style thrills delivered by the first one. Nyqvist and Rapace are both excellent and at least they have more screen time together here than they did in the second film."   ...Matthew Turner, View London

"It's a stronger, more cohesive piece than Part 2, consistently exciting and again with fine performances by all... Nyqvist is customarily solid and dependable as her trusted supporter while Rosendahl gives a good account of himself as the pigheaded and arrogant Teleborian. Well paced and very suspenseful – the court case is rivetting – this is an immensely satisfying wrap up to the trilogy, a sharp thriller with smarts and skill delivered with confident panache. Well worth seeing."    ...Stuart O'Connor, Screen Jabber

"Michael Nykvist retains the perseverance and loyalty that make his Mikael Blomkvist so markedly different to most of the people Lisbeth has come across, and Lena Endre is again wonderful as Mikael's business partner...  The story is told with strategic editing and a thrilling score, while the costumes, sets and locations are naturalistic and efficient. prose first and foremost, but the principle cast really were excellent finds."   ...Andrew L.Urban, Urban Cinefile