The Girl Who Played with Fire

Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back as he tries to vindicate the young computer hacker who has become a murder suspect.  Unfortunately part two of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy is a disappointment.  The chemistry between the principal leads, so interesting in the first film, is eliminated here because the protagonists are kept separate throughout the entire movie.  Huh?  Not helping matters is that this supposed crime thriller is utterly lacking in excitement.  Except for when Swedish boxer and TV star Paolo Roberto comes to fisticuffs with a hulking blond villain named Niedermann, there is no action.  The drama is heavy on long winded conversations however.  Ironically, it’s never adequately explained why an investigation into sex trafficking, which informs the plot, will exonerate his female friend.  Sadly, this manages to be another case where the sequel fails to live up to the original.  However stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist still remain  fascinating characters.

3 Responses to “The Girl Who Played with Fire”

  1. Yeah I feel the same way. Have you read the novels? It’s kind of necessary once you get to the second film, if you actually feel like…you know, enjoying them. 🙂


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