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The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009)

Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, more...
Director: Daniel Alfredson
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Studio: Music Box Films Home Entertainment
Genre: Suspense/Thriller, Crime
Running Time: 130 min.
Languages: Swedish
Subtitles: English

The second installment of author Stieg Larsson's best-selling "Millennium" trilogy gets translated to the big screen with this tale of a prominent magazine publisher who launches a comprehensive investigation into Swedish sex trafficking and political corruption. The publisher of "Millennium" magazine, Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) has built an empire on his ability to shake up the establishment. Approached by a young journalist with evidence that high-ranking Swedish officials are involved in sex trafficking and crimes against minors, the incensed magazine publisher launches a comprehensive investigation that threatens to implicate some of the most powerful politicians in the country. Noomi Rapace and Alexandra Eisenstein co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, AMG

GreenCine Member Reviews

Better than reviews, if no classic. by underdog October 18, 2010 - 3:12 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I imagine the "Girl/Milennium" movies are more compelling, offer more surprises, to those who haven't read the book as they are streamlined adaptations with key things left out. (On other hand, if one hasn't read Millennium books, the films might be more confusing.) The first two films are competently made but adaptations suffer from a connect-the-dots feeling, rushing through all major plot points en route through story. Still, the second film, Girl Who Played With Fire, is more compelling than expected given tepid reviews. Of the three books in the trilogy this was my favorite, even if like all of them it was a bit overlong. This 2nd film makes the necessary cuts to the book but again left me feeling that they rushed through character development to "get it all in". The actors are very solid, capable enough to help that a little - especially the leads (Noomi Rapace continues to be terrific.)

Overall, the film is exciting enough to stand on its own as a thriller -- even if with some of the political elements of the book stripped bare the suspense elements feel more cliched at times - and in a way would work better if left to do just that. Cinematically it's more than competent, even if I can't help but think David Fincher's versions will be far more so.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.92)
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