Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

The Girl Who Played With Fire

On Sunday the 18th, we went to the Downer Theatre to see “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” the second film of author Steig Larsson’s “Millenium Trilogy,” following “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” Since all three films were shot in Sweden in close sequence, the series has the advantage of excellent continuity, with the same actors in the same roles and settings as the previous.

Noomi Rapace reprises her role as Lisbeth Salander, the “Girl” of the title. It is a year after the end of the last film, and she has grown restless in the exile life she has been living since looting millions from the bad guys of last adventure, and decides to return to Sweden in order to refresh her hold over slimy lawyer Nils Bjurman (Peter Andersson). She inadvertently puts in train a sequence of events that result in her being wanted for the murders of three people.

Ever the paranoid, Lisbeth goes underground to find out who is trying to get her. Meanwhile, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) , who cannot believe that Lisbeth did it, starts his own investigation to clear her name, and ends up discovering much about the enigmatic woman’s life and background. The two investigations are tied together by Millenium Magazine’s planned expose on human trafficking, the researchers of which are two of the murder victims. Lisbeth and Mikael proceed on parallel tracks, not meeting until the final denoument.

This story, while well done and engrossing, as is “Dragon Tattoo,” it is a different story and a different movie. The solitary Lisbeth doesn’t talk much, so we get long scenes of her face changing as she makes her plans, changes disguises, or makes an escape, which are well worth watching. We also get to see a bit more of Nykvist’s life. That’s not to say that there isn’t sex, because there is (although mostly tasteful and consensual this time around) and violence, because there is that, too, with the deadly struggle between Lisbeth and the villains that climaxes the film is rather grisly. As Georgie says, the “wince factor” is pretty high.

I enjoyed the movie very much, and I am looking forward to the third and final installment to be released this fall (and hoping the library will let me have a copy of the novel sometime before then--).

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