Monday, January 10, 2011

The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist return in 2009's thrilling followup to the critically-acclaimed THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO! After returning home to Stockholm, Lisbeth Salander learns that she has been implicated in the murder of two journalists who were just days away from releasing a shocking expose on human trafficking in Millennium magazine. Mikael Blomkvist, her only friend and colleague, attempts to locate her and clear her name with the help of the police, but they are caught in a race against time as the secret agency behind the sex trade operation closes in on her themselves. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE is a surprising change in pace from the timely-relayed mystery found in the previous film. Daniel Alfredson drives a heightened tension as each of the people closest to Lisbeth fall into the hands of her enemies while she continues to elude capture. Lisbeth proves to be just as intelligent and resourceful as before, only this time, she must wage an all-out war against those that seek to harm her. Although this entry is not nearly as sexually explicit, Alfredson is never afraid to use graphic violence during the brutal action sequences. FIRE answers many of the burning questions surrounding Lisbeth's mysterious past, drawing out shocking family secrets that become integral to the plot. Unfortunately, the details behind the human trafficking subplot seem to be forgotten as the film wares on. Rapace and Nyqvist also share very little screen time, and their unique relationship is greatly missed. Despite a few minor oversights, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE is still a riveting success that continues to build on Larsson's brilliant characters and masterful suspense.

Rating: 9/10.

4 comments:

  1. I thought it a strange choice to switch directors between the first and second of the Millennium Trilogy; maybe its some experimental vision that the producers have. The second was not as riveting as the first, but as stated, many unanswered questions were unearthed. Interesting observation about Noomi's and Nyqvist's diminished screen time together, I totally missed that but you are right, their together time in the first created an impressionable chemistry that was not exploited here. I cannot wait for the last of the trilogy and have heard that it might be the champion of the three...
    Genruk

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  2. I thought so as well, I was very surprised to find that the second and third films were directed by Alfredson, but at least there will be some consistency in the finale. I have no idea what to expect from the third film, I have kept my eyes and ears closed until I had the chance to see the films. I loved the character interactions between the two, and I only wish we would have had more of that, but having not read the books I can't say if that was explored any further in the written novels. I am loving the series, but at the end of each film I just want more!

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  3. I have to say I liked this trilogy more than I thought I would. I didn't really know much about, as it was my gf that introduced it to me. The third movie wasn't as exciting, but did wrap up the story well. Still thought there was just something small missing from it though. I am not a remake hater but I don't see the American version being as good.

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  4. What I am interested in finding out is whether the remakes will be remakes to the film series or remakes that go back to the source material, since they could potentially be much different than the Swedish films if they choose to take different elements from the novels. Neither of the films were perfect, they both seemed just barely incomplete, so hopefully the American remakes will find more resolution in the text that was lacking in the films without taking too much creative license in changing the film.

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