Well, that's two heroes who've failed to save our November nights.

First up was the new Jack Reacher adventure, Past Tense - one of the weakest books from author Lee Child - and now The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander returns to screens after seven years with Don't Breathe director Fede Álvarez behind the lens and The Crown's Claire Foy taking over the iconic lead role from Rooney Mara.

Given the length of the lay-off and the talent involved - which also includes Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight as one of the writers and Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher as an executive producer - The Girl in the Spider's Web ranks as one of the bigger disappointments of 2018.

While Foy proves she's a steely-eyed Salander, this bitty and breakneck adaptation of the David Lagercrantz bestseller isn't one for the books.

The hunter-becomes-the-hunted plot sees hacker Salander tangled up in a terrifying technology called Project Firefall, with crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Wallander's Sverrir Gudnason, stuck in a shrink-to-fit supporting role) trying to save her from the Swedish secret service, a U.S. agent on a busman's holiday and a gang intent on keeping the Stockholm Morgue packed to the rafters.

Right from the titles, this is an attempt to re-position the brand beside Bond and Bourne, but it's not a patch on the MacGuffin-driven mayhem of last summer's Mission: Impossible - Fallout and the central duo deserve to be more Marlowe than Marvel.

It's better than The Snowman - so was the one you made last March.

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