All films I've seen from Nordic countries...
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.
The sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and second chapter in the Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire does lack the brutal intensity, sinister ambiance & sustained thrills of the original and is a definite tumble down the road but thanks to another excellent input from Noomi Rapace, this sequel isn't a complete disaster.
Based on Stieg Larsson's novel of the same name, The Girl Who Played with Fire continues the story of Lisbeth Salander as she finds herself accused of murdering three people & goes on the run to evade arrest. But her path once again crosses with Mikael Blomkvist, who has been looking for her and does everything he can to find her before the authorities.…
The solid third act makes this film just passable
(at the very least, relatively to the original source material).
A decent adaptation of Larsson's most thrilling novel,
and one of my favorite books of the '00-'09 decade.
The chief problem with adaptations of this trilogy are that
the directors aren't able to flesh out the majority of the
supporting characters nearly as well as Stieg does in the books
(a common & fair issue with book-to-film adaptations, of course).
Noomi Rapace utterly nails the role of Salander though,
making the experience of watching this ultimately worthwhile.
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…
Part of my Double Feature Challenge
Very rarely do I rate a sequel higher than the original film in a trilogy, but this is a special case indeed. As I pointed out in my review of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Noomi Rapace's portrayal of Lisbeth Salandar was darker, crazier, sexier and altogether more the star of the film than Rooney Mara's version. Now, in the follow-up, she takes center stage, nudging to the side publisher Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist). This is The Girl's story and, wow, does she own it.
Let me add that the Lisbeth character is perhaps the grittiest, most complex female role ever conceived for screen or stage. This girl has issues -- deep dark…
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.
Second viewing of the second episode of the Millenium trilogy. Not as good as the first one and definetely not as good as the book, but still good enough to watch. if it only was not so bleeding cold in the film club......
*Watched the Extended Edition*
Wow. Pretty great. A little bit more of a slow burn than the previous film, but man, when the second half starts, it's just gangbusters.
Lacks the central mystery of the first, and suffers the ignominious fate of so many middle parts to a trilogy - a cliffhanger ending.
A necessidade de contar o passado de Lisbeth gera uma trama confusa e forçada.
A mudança de diretor, e a própria evolução da personagem, bem como do enredo, me fizeram valorizar mais a interpretação de Noomi Rapace, que entrega uma Lisbeth forte, mas sem fugir da personalidade fria e distante da personagem.
Acho que o filme perde um pouco de tempo com cenas inúteis (por exemplo a cena de sexo entre Lisbeth e sua amante, entendo que era pra mostrar a relação das duas, dado o que se segue na história, mas né, ainda me parece fetichismo de diretor), sendo que a carga de informações do filme é imensa. No próprio livro, são despejados kilos de informação e conspirações, que o filme entrega como diálogos (ou monólogos) sem que nada se passe de interessante…
I watched the extended version-The later half (4th episode) is not good. The first half-3rd episode is terrific. So maybe a bit of anti climax here.
Not thinking that much of the first one I didn’t mean to go and see this, but I met my partner at the station and we walked up the hill to the cinema and had a drink in the bar and decided to see a film and of the two possibilities this was the more convenient. And my partner had liked the first one more than I did. This one is much the same. It looks and feels like a TV detective programme. (It has a different director to the first one but you can’t really tell.) It’s all about the plot – a long, intricate plot where everything comes together very neatly at the end, all occurrences being part…
(7/8 is "Very Good")
Not as good as the first, but still damn good.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Complete list. :-(