The Girl Who Played With Fire (2010) Short Review

Here is the sequel to “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, a film that followed Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), a troubled computer hacker with a photographic memory. She teamed with a journalist (Michael Nyqvist)to solve a woman’s disappearance. That was almost like one of those ‘locked room’ mysteries as they knew who the suspects were right from the beginning. I’m not one who thought the original was a work of perfection, but I did like it.

The scenes that were the hardest to watch in the original probably should have appeared here. That subplot (you know the one I’m talking about) was redundant, unnecessary and just seemed gratuitous in the original. It would have fit better in this one where it is part of the main plotline  (not that anyone needs to see that, anyway). In any case, I didn’t like this one as much as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

This sequel/continuation seemed kind of episodic rather than a self contained film like the original. It also was much hokier. Case in point, Lisbeth was too much of a superwoman in this one. The movie goes WAAAAAYYY over the top towards the end.

There was more tension built in the original, whereas here, Noomi’s Lisbeth is indestructible and in control of every situation UNTIL…The Plot Demands! Shes going after the bad guys alone while Blomqvist is on his way to help. The plot required her to show more vulnerability at that point, so… Well there’s a lot less suspense in this one.

Not only was she a superwoman, but even her girl friend is dealing out roundhouse kicks to this mammoth bad guy. None of the fight scenes were done very well in this, either.

One of the biggest flaws of the film was that instead of focusing on the stars of the series Salander and Blomqvist (Michael Nyqvist), the movie goes off the path to follow supporting characters (namely the girl friend and a boxer).

There was still enough to like about the film. I appreciate the investigative stuff more than anything else in this series., but while I enjoyed “The Girl Who Played With Fire”, here’s hoping “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest” will be a step back in the right direction.

3 of 5


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