NON-HOLLYWOOD

The Girl Who Played With Fire [2009]

Fine sequel to the critically acclaimed “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” finds Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace who reprises her role in style) returning to Sweden after a year in exile. Meanwhile, Mikael Blomkvist, journalist and publisher of the magazine “Millenium” decides to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Sweden and Europe, implicating many important members of the Swedish society, business, and governement. But when the two investigating reporters are murdered, and Lisbeth’s fingerprints are found on the murdering weapon, Michael embarks on a mission to clear her name. The more the intriguing story unfolds, the more we learn about Lisbeth’s past; her childhood, family, and history of violence.

Being a sequel, I knew that “The Girl Who Played With Fire” was not going to equal the brilliance of the first movie, or that it was going to repeat the interesting development of the relationship between the two characters. And eventhough I was right, I admit that the film is still a solid one, with a terrific score, and a chilling atmosphere. The central mystery this time around might be a bit different from the first film, but that’s not necessary a bad thing. I found myself completely absorbed in the story, and constantly wondering how things will eventually end. But still, I can understand why some people might not fully appreciate this movie. Afterall, it is a bit slow, and if you’re expecting a Hollywood style action flick, you will definitely be disappointed. This is a tense thriller with a European touch, and I really hope it finds the audience it deserves. Stay tuned for part three.

Rating: 3/4

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