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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…
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.
I thought Niki Lauda was from Austria
A star for each Noomi Rapace cheekbone
Not nearly as gripping as the first installment. The most interesting aspect of Dragon Tattoo, the relationship between Lisbeth and Mikael, is largely absent from TGWPWF (as the DVD menu calls it). I think they should make another film called TGWAATGIF or The Girl Who Ate At T.G.I.Friday's.
An underwhelming, overly convoluted and completely forgettable mess of a sequel full of inconsistencies and nonsensical situations, and it depends on too many coincidences and plot holes to keep its implausible narrative moving on.
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Watching this is like reading and falling in love with the books all over again. Bring on the final film!
Yes, this does lack the intensity of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' and is the weakest part of the trilogy, but it's still a fine film. Although Hollywood seems to have scuttled the idea of continuing its English-language remakes of the trilogy, which was pointless anyway, this film is certainly just as deserving as its more-famous predecessor.
That lost a hell of a lot of steam. Rapace still shines but the film feels really rushed (not surprising considering how quick succession they were made in), disjointed, and lacking most of the tension of the previous film, with little relation to the story and almost no contact between the leads.
I'm very late getting around to this sequel. As with the first film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), the events reveal an ugly side of humanity. Despite the grim story, a very popular book. The Girl Who Played with Fire has a weaker story than the original, and takes a while to get going, but the last third is gripping. There are some major revelations which are surprising.
The point of which the series goes from cinematic into television special genre; not quite as pin point focused as Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but a sprawling compelling thriller that sets up its final act into must see television.
The extended version helps flesh out the story where the international cut felt like you'd be lost if you hadn't read the source material.
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