DVD REVIEW…The Girl Who Played With Fire

I was hoping not to get so sucked into this series. But after seeing the impressive first film, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, I was hooked. It was so well written, so well acted, and most importantly really dark. Not to mention it introduced me to the Noomi Rapace, which is a modern Swedish treasure. The sequel to the above mentioned film is entitled The Girl Who Played With Fire. So does it stand up to the standards that the first one set.


Dag Svensson is an enthusiastic young journalist who has just written a scathing essay on sex trafficking within high offices in Swedish politics. Svensson comes to Millenium magazine, the office of Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), to publicize his findings. Days later, he and his wife are found shot dead.

In a twist of events, Lisbeth Salander (Rapace) is accused of the shooting along with the murder of her probation guardian. Now the race is on to clear her name with her own investigation and the help of Mikael. But the farther Lisbeth digs into her investigation, the farther she digs into her own past.

The Girl Who played With fire was a great film but unfortunately was missing something the first film had. It was filled with great acting. It has a deep and engaging story. At times the plot was darker than a medieval cities back alley at midnight.

Maybe the film was just too broad in general for its own good. But this should not keep you from seeing this film, especially if you have seen The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It’s still a great film.

Noomi Rapace’s Lisbeth is consistently great and such an engaging character. She never fully lets you into her world but somehow find a way to still be interesting. Just as interesting and engaging is her peculiar relationship with Nyqvist’s Mikael, who is a fantastic leading man.

Even though The Girl Who Played With Fire is not as well put together as its predecessor, it does not make it skippable; Compared to most films, it is an outstanding accomplishment.

Verdict: SEE IT!

So have you seen TGWPWF? Leave comments and opinions below.


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