These are Noomi Rapace’s best performances, ranked
As the first Swedish actress in 52 years to be nominated for a BAFTA award, Noomi Rapace managed to excel in the entertainment industry. Landed her first internationally recognized role in 2009 in the film The girl with the dragon tattoo, Rapace spoke very little English at the time. However, that didn’t stop her from landing a role in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in 2011. Rising since, she still portrays her characters as powerful women with incredible athletic prowess and intellectual cunning. Currently, she has three movies slated for release in 2022 as well as a TV series titled Django. With 51 acting credits under his belt, these are some of his best performances to date.
6 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
In the 2011 movie, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Rapace embodies Madame Simza Heron, a fortune teller. Sherlock Holmes, played by Robert Downey Jr., discovers there is a hit on Simza, but she flees before he can find out why. Later, she takes Holmes to an anarchist headquarters in an attempt to find hidden bombs that had been planted for the villainous Moriarty. As the English-speaking lead, Rapace handles this blockbuster appearance very well.
5 The girl with the dragon tattoo
In the 2009 Swedish thriller, The girl with the dragon tattoo, Rapace plays a hacker and surveillance agent named Lisbeth. Since she was found to be mentally unstable as a child, she must have a guardian. When his guardian dies of a stroke, Nils Bjurman takes over. Although he is extremely violent, she is able to exact revenge and ultimately be free to live her life. As Rapace’s first major film, the film sent shockwaves across the world and became an instant international hit. It even inspired a series developed by Amazon.
4 The trip
As one of his latest films, the 2021 Netflix original known as The trip is a dark comedy with lots of gore. How funny it’s supposed to be, Rapace was able to break out of his typical serious box. It’s a bit like Mr and Mrs Smith meets the adult version of Alone at home in Norway. Her character, Lisa, is an actress married to an unsuccessful director named Lars. The two plan a mini-vacation in a remote area, but the catch is that they both try to kill each other. However, things go awry when a trio of escaped convicts are discovered locked in their cabin. The plot then becomes a race for survival with massive trust issues between the two main characters.
Alongside Will Smith in the 2017 fantasy film, Brilliant, Rapace plays Leilah, an elf and leader of the Inferni clan. Thanks to her superior strength and agility, she is the deadliest elf in Los Angeles. She is also one of the few to possess a wand, which she uses to heal herself after a fatal gunshot wound. Although the film received very poor reviews from film critics, it became one of the most streamed films on Netlfix with 11 million views in just three days. A sequel is currently in the works.
2 what happened monday
Arguably one of his best performances to date, Raptor portrays seven different characters in the 2017 dystopian thriller, what happened monday. In a futuristic world where each family can only have one child, Rapace plays a set of septuplets. Each is named after a day of the week, and they are raised in secret by their grandfather after their mother dies in childbirth. Although everything seems to be working fine with each sibling pretending to be a single woman, Monday suddenly disappears. The remaining six siblings must figure out what happened to him without blowing their cover. While audiences are familiar with an actor playing twins, the same person playing seven genetically identical characters has never been done before, and Rapace nails it.
Playing an archaeologist named Elizabeth Shaw, Rapace joined the Extraterrestrial franchise in the 2012 spin-off, Prometheus. Alongside Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba, the crew heads into space in an attempt to find an ancient race of beings they believe are responsible for the creation of mankind. Things don’t go as planned when the synthetic with evil intentions, David, begins to manipulate scenarios to allow xenomorphs to breed and thrive. Rapace’s dedication to this role is inspiring. Fluent in English in just three years, she worked with a dialect coach to develop a British accent for the role. She also created her own backstory for Elizabeth to help portray the character in a more realistic light.
Fighting xenomorphs in space is never easy, but these heroic ladies seem to have what it takes to defeat these alien monsters.
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