Worst of the Bunch
- The Girl Who Played with Fire review by CS
Having seen all three of the original 'Swedish' version films, and remember that this is a Swedish Language film, all three are, this is in my opinion the worst of all three. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' was an interesting opening to the trilogy, featuring three main characters, in a very 'Hannibal Lector' style plot. This second film however drags a bit and is more of the same, it seems as though the First and Third instalments are the main films, with this second film being more of a filler to create a tie between the first and third. I found it a bit of a drag to be honest, however watching it does help to create a unity between all three films. The third really ties it all together and brings a much more heightened sense of purpose to both the acting, direction and plot. As this is a Swedish Language film, it will be interesting to see how the new Americanised versions starring Daniel Craig, the first of which is due out shortly, will handle this very european style thriller.
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A complex interwoven story
- The Girl Who Played with Fire review by RP
After seeing – and enjoying - the first of the films in this trilogy ('The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo') I've now seen this film, the second, and also the final film ('The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest'). My first comment is that they really must be seen in order or else you won't be able to follow the story – essentially, they are one very long single film. My second comment is that I enjoyed them so much that I have ordered the books on which they are based.
In the first film the story of the disturbing events which shaped the main character ('The Girl', Lisbeth Salander, played by Noomi Rapace) was in the background. In this second film, set perhaps a year later, there are again two intertwined stories but now the events in Lisbeth's life are very much the central story.
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (played by Michael Nyqvist) works for an investigative magazine, Millennium. The magazine hires two new young staff to work on an expose of sex trafficking and under-age prostitution. Their investigation uncovers the involvement of a Soviet defector and threatens to expose the activities of some powerful men. The two staff and Lisbeth's rapist 'guardian' are killed, her fingerprints are found on the murder weapon and she is sought by the police.
A complex interwoven story now unfolds slowly (perhaps too slowly if you're looking for an action film...) and is wordy and requires concentration to follow. There is an (unnecessary?) lesbian sex scene, but less sexual violence than the first film. Persevere, and you will be rewarded by a fascinating and complex tale with a surprising – and bloody – ending. Highly recommended.
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