Films with some of the best twist endings. Suggestions welcome; just don't spoil the ending in the comments :)
The Girl Who Played with Fire
Fight Fire with Fire
Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex trafficking in Sweden and those in high office who abuse underage girls, Blomkvist immediately throws himself into the investigation.
Ah, that's too bad. As often dictated by "sequels", the decline in quality had to happen here as well. The project fell into the hands of another director. Consequently, the vibe is completely different, from a cheaper-looking budget, to a more independent style of filmmaking, to less emphasis on the characters and little loyalty to the environment that had been present in the previous events. The connection feels more forced than necessary. The iconic thrills of the past movie have been lost. We are left, then, with a below average crime story with a boring execution and little to remember. Even some ridiculous Hollywood stunts were pulled, like your typical all-muscle, gigantic blond Russian guy with superhuman strength that feels…
This review is for the Extended Version from the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy!
The sequel that answers the age old question Why did the girl play with fire!
The film is equivalent to the Dance of the of the Seven Veils! With each veil that drops more is revealed about our tattooed heroine Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace)!
Lisbeth remains the uber mysterious, hot lil goth vixen even when the wolves are at her door!
I thought Niki Lauda was from Austria
Not as good as the first film but still very interesting! I'm interested to see Fincher's remake because I liked his version of TGWTDT better. Overall if you liked the original Swedish version of this film you should enjoy this sequel.
Feels like a made-for-TV movie, apart from the graphic sex scene. But Michael Nyqvist is terrific.
And what more can we say about Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth? She earns the film a full star all her own.
¨Now the girl with the dragon tattoo will play with fire.¨
The Girl Who Played with Fire is the second part of the Millennium trilogy from Stieg Larsson`s novel which was a huge success in Sweden. The original title of this second installment is Flickan Som Lekte Med Elden, which has the same meaning in English (the other two novels had the title changed in the translation, the first part The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo actually was titled The Men who Hate Women). The trilogy is being made into a movie in Hollywood now (directed by David Fincher), but I still recommend the original Swedish versions which are great films. This sequel isn`t nearly as good as the first…
It's funny how a movie cycle that has as its basic theme "men suck" manages, at the same time, to be so smugly sexist. Gratuitous hot-hot lezbo sex scenes, the super-smart heroine being super-stupid at certain plot points to make her super-vulnerable. Always carry a cigarette case; it might come in handy if you're buried alive. Oh well, the movie isn't boring, anyway. 5/10
[mid to late Jan]
Felt different in some way to the first. For many ways actually. Firstly, visually didn't seem as rich. More bog-standard TV fare. Second, the story switches its characters to the forefront compared to the 1st film which had them as secondary to the mystery. This and [continued in Hornet's Nest review]
A continuation of the story started in the first movie, eagerly awaiting to watch how the third one unfolds. :) This is definitely not a movie series for the faint of heart, it embraces it's bleak world and places it in the forefront. I'm now considering to check out what else the Swedish films have to offer, this series shows they got what it takes.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Here is a question I've thought about but have never decided on an answer to: Should the second film in a planned three film trilogy need to be self-contained? Or can it exist as merely a continuation of characters in the first film and set up culminating events in the third film?
While I quite liked "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" because of its main murder mystery, the plot of this film seemed a bit far fetched. Lisbeth is framed for three murders we, as the audience, know for certain she did not commit. The police can't see past the seemingly damning evidence against her. The real murderer is a brute of a man with a rare genetic condition…
Saindo dos primeiros acontecimentos, o segundo filme da trilogia Millenium é menos espetacular que o seu antecessor mais desenvolve uma história interessante e tem um final daqueles dignos de tragédia grega que dá brecha para o terceiro e último filme.
The second in the trilogy of movies. After the events of the first movie, this moves into a different direction (away from a murder mystery - sex trafficking and government cover ups.
Not as good as the first movie, but still an exceptional performance by Naomi Rapace as Lisabeth
Original Title: Flickan Som Lekte Med Elden
'Hollywood has run out of ideas', they cry!
Whilst there doesn't seem to be a day that goes by with…