The Girl Who Played with Fire: It lights up the screen—Movie

The Girl Who Played with Fire is very much a successful follow-up to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Directed by Daniel Alfredson, with screenplay by Jonas Frykberg, based on the second in the series of  Stieg Larsson’s best-selling trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire is a taut thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.

The Girl Who Played with Fire initially finds Millennium journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) home in Sweden working with a young reporter on a sex-ring story. Computer-hacker expert Elisabeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) has recently returned to Sweden after spending a year abroad. New confrontations with her court-appointed guardian bring her unwittingly right into the cross hairs of the story Millennium is pursuing.  To their surprise, Lisbeth and Mikael find themselves working together on the same story, albeit from a distance.

In Dragon we saw much of Lisbeth’s back-story as it unfolded and that gave the film much of its heart. Fire has less heart, but the story is still a compelling one, and a little easier to follow. What is disappointing about Fire is the lack of back and forth banter between Lisbeth and Mikael that we loved in Dragon (although maybe it’s more back and back banter since Lisbeth didn’t speak all that much). However, there is more interaction with Mikael’s associates and that gives the film a chance to lighten up a bit.

Larsson’s novel translates beautiful and easily to the screen. The Girl Who Played with Fire is so brilliantly executed that you’ll find you’re not even reading the subtitles.

3 ½ nuggets out of 4


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