The Girl Who Played with Fire

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The Girl Who Played with Fire

Daniel Alfredson (2009)

124min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
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.

Summary

Troubled computer hacker Lisbeth is framed for three murders and forced to flee for her life. As her journalist friend Mikael searches for evidence of her innocence, he discovers connections with a sex-trafficking ring, government corruption and Lisbeth's own traumatic past. Thriller sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist. In Swedish, Italian and French.

Cast & 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
Director Daniel Alfredson
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Other Information

Language: Swedish +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Momentum Pictures Guidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 27 Aug 2010

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