The Girl Who Played with Fire

  • 15
  • Daniel Alfredson (2009)
  • Swe / Den / Ger (SUB)
  • 124 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

The film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a tough act to follow. Sadly, director Daniel Alfredson doesn't even attempt to replicate its striking atmosphere or mesmerising intensity in this near TV-movie take on the second book in Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium trilogy. The fact that the story is a set-up for the pay-off in the third instalment, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, doesn't help; nor does the fact that the two central characters - crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and multi-pierced hacker/social misfit Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) - spend most of the film apart, as the former tries to clear the latter of a triple murder charge. This plotline expands to involve a decades-old sex-trafficking conspiracy and offers further insight into the troubled background of Rapace's ever-fascinating Lisbeth. It's efficient enough, in the vein of a Swedish episode of Wallander, but fans of the novels will no doubt overlook its deficiencies and thrill to it.

Plot Summary

Crime thriller, sequel to hit Swedish thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist reprise their roles as the punk computer hacker and the investigative journalist who team up to uncover the truth about sex trafficking involving high-powered officials. But in a case of triple homicide, the finger of suspicion points the other way.

Cast and crew


Mikael Blomkvist
Michael Nyqvist
Lisbeth Salander
Noomi Rapace
Erika Berger
Lena Endre
Nils Bjurman
Peter Andersson
Malin Erikson
Sofia Ledarp
Alexander Zalachenko
Georgi Staykov
Ronald Niedermann
Mikael Spreitz
Young Lisbeth
Tehilla Blad
Miriam Wu
Yasmine Garbi


Daniel Alfredson

Other Information

Swedish +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 27 Aug 2010
Certificate 15
Technicolor Home Entertainment Services