The second of Stieg Larsons three books was the best to read of the three, and a total page turner. As a movie it is really poor. I didn't fall asleep watching the film, though, because I was too upset because of the missed opportunity for a great film this thing represents. The casting has some flaws that whacks the credibility. Especially Erika Berger and the blond giant are not true to the book. The screenplay is not flowing,but jumping about. Having read the book, I was still lost on occasion. There is something drab about the camera-work and lighting. You definitely have a feeling of cheap TV rather than big screen cinema watching this. The dialog and the acting in general is more so so than yeah. The one thing that the instructor, scriptwriter and producer have not messed up is the character of Libeth Salander played by Noomi Rapace. She is casted spot on, and gives credibility to the character of Lisbeth Salander. If you liked the book, read it again, don't watch this.
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The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)
Flickan som lekte med elden is a movie starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, and Lena Endre. As computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to...
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Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex trafficking in Sweden and those in high office who abuse underage girls, Blomkvist immediately throws himself into the investigation.
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Complete abuse of a brilliant bookReviewed byhenrik_fromVote: 2/10
but different, as this second in the trilogy went in a different direction involving mostly Lisbeth and her flight from and evasion of a triple murder charge. A different outcome to be sure, but one that left viewers with the same breathless feeling at the end as the first, and completely satisfied and eager for the 3rd and and bookend piece. (Many others have detailed the story, so this is mainly commentary.)
Noomi Rapace was brilliant again as Lisbeth, and is a film actor that could not do what she did so well if this film was big studio-made in America. It is so great to see that some filmmakers can still make real movies about real stories that work perfectly without artificial CGI enhancements that overwhelm the movies such as Anjelina Jolie is making these days.
(America can make brilliant movies like this one, but now chooses not to as it is now only interested in big money-makers, and the great American suspense and intrigue films of the 70's have been left far behind(think The Conversation, All The President's Men, Day of the Condor, Chinatown, etc.) Today, only the American-made In The Bedroom of 10 years ago had a flavor of this type of film storytelling, so it can be done in America but done now only in the Indies as the big studios are not interested in quality stories, only big money and CGI. Ask any film actor.)
The book slowed at times due to the story's length and plentiful detail, but the film story sped along at a brisk pace that kept even the most attention challenged, action film devotee interested. It was an ensemble piece however and allowed no one actor to dominate, and that kept a great balance and structure that made it all work. And, the great final scenes of the ending left us impatient for the 3rd film.
Highly recommended, even after allowing for the few so-so and mostly suburban American reviews that probably needed more CGI car chases and bombs to make it good to them. Maybe they will be happy with a bombastic American CGI remake now in the works. Ugh.
This follow-up installment by director Daniel Alfredson is a decent mystery thriller with expected action scenes and a string of plot points to keep your interest going. It provides more background information about our tenacious heroine Lisbeth's childhood and her legal guardians, mysterious police reports, and her couple of singularly close friends (Miriam and Paolo, both happened to also know kick-boxing and boxing). Of course, there is Millennium key journalist, Micke Blomkvist and his fellow investigative reporters, and most of the storyline we're following thread after thread, hoping (as everyone in the movie does) to get closer to Lisbeth. From the audience point of view, we get to see her, alright, tagging along with her varying guises to avert danger too close for comfort. She, too, wanted to get to the bottom of the alleged murders that were conveniently linked to her name. The whole movie feels like an expanded "Wallender" episode from the Swedish police-detective TV mystery series.*
"The Girl Who Played With Fire" gave us seemingly straightforward 'facts' as the multiple characters uncover - likened to a 'treasure hunt' (or musical chairs, if you so inclined from the number game of the targets by the villains) vs. providing dramatic highs and penetrating clues, suspenseful and emotional exciting turns as in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," when we followed Lisbeth and Micke on their investigative furtive trails and cerebral deductions. What Danish director Niels Arden Oplev gave us in the first installment can very well stand on its own as a suspense dramatic thriller (which was true to the original Swedish title "Men Who Hate Women"). It's an excellent whodunit - quality entertainment, moving and satisfying wrap-up to the point of tear-jerker, in spite of some plot-required gritty (raw, not for the squeamish) scenes, which were actual arcs for the next two installments to lean on and refer to. Yes, I recall those particular cited scenes in "The Girl Who Played With Fire" when replayed and enhanced our empathy with Lisbeth's character. What this second installment did give us is preparing for the next and final movie in pursuit of Lisbeth's truth along with Micke staunchly standing up for her - so I kinda read the reviews already on IMDb for "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest". Truly anticipate for the wide release of the 'Part 2' of the second installment and getting to the nitty-gritty rhyme and reason of our heroine Lisbeth and hope for the very best for her.
Do see "The Girl With Dragon Tattoo" if you haven't experience it yet. Yes, mind you, there are NFE (not for everyone) scenes, but they are necessary to the understanding of the heroine, Lisbeth Salander, and set up for the next two movies that follow in this worthwhile mystery trilogy from Sweden. Subtitles in English.
* "Wallender" is a popular Swedish detective mystery TV series I was lucky to catch now and then on KCSM (in Bay Area, California) on their 'International Mystery Monday nights' at 10 PM. They are usually intense, violent crime scenes without apology, political story lines, tons of threads (or red-herrings) that compel you to stay through till the end of the 90-minute episode. There's also a British "Wallender" mystery series based on the same Swedish police-detective Kurt Wallender, played by Kenneth Branagh (who's an executive producer for the program).
If you have a chance to catch the German-Austrian production of "Tatort: Crime Scene" - that's a favorite international mystery I highly recommend. Every TV episode is intelligently written and delivered, with crime scenes usually suggestive or chilling effects off-screen, and simply loved the pair of investigators Max Ballauf and Freddy Schenk (detective partners brilliantly played by Klaus J. Behrendt and Dietmar B?r - one's kinda skinny, the other's kindly plump). If good old-fashioned mystery style is your cup of tea, try "Maigret" the French, pipe piping burly of an endearing Parisian Inspector, impeccably portrayed by Bruno Crémer, who solves murderous puzzles ever so facile. Great sets, costumes and befitting music as we accompany Maigret, unhurriedly sauntering on police business, visiting the rural provinces of French locales.