The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010)
Critic Consensus: Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist remain extraordinarily well-suited to their roles, but the second installment in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy doesn't pack quite as much punch as the first.
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as Mikael Blomkvist
as Lisbeth Salander
as Annika Giannini
as Erika Berger
as Nils Bjurman
as Christer Malm
as Malin Eriksson
as Jan Bublanski
as Holger Palmgren
as Miriam Wu
as Sonja Modig
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Critic Reviews for The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden)
Again, it's worth the price of admission alone to spend time in the company of Sweden's premiere bisexual emo-sleuth...
The Girl Who Played with Fire, may not be as good as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but it's not chopped liver either.
Delivers its first jolts moments after the opening credits and serves up surprisingly tender moments amidst the suspense and heart-pounding action.
The Girl Who Played With Fire narrows instead of broadens, and while the final scenes are bloody indeed, they frustratingly raise questions the film doesn't care to answer for now.
Audience Reviews for The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden)
An underwhelming, overly convoluted and completely forgettable mess of a sequel full of inconsistencies and nonsensical situations, and it depends on too many coincidences and plot holes to keep its implausible narrative moving on.
Lisbeth Salander is the prime suspect in a scandal involving Swedish sex trafficking. I love Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander, and even if she were just reading the phone book, I think I'd find her performance and the character compelling. While The Girl who Played with Fire isn't the phone book, it's not as interesting as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo because there isn't the cold case antiquity of the mystery and the depth of having family drama at the film's heart. Focusing on sex trafficking, what this film does have is a clearer concentration on the theme that prevailed in Larsson's first book, misogyny. It's a theme Larsson handles with ease, creating male monsters and reasons why women like Salander revolt. Overall, the Millennium Trilogy continues to compel even if this doesn't reach the great heights that the original achieved.
Discounting the weak and slow beginning, this second part in the Millenium trilogy is just as enthralling as the original. I long pushed off to watch it, after hearing about all the low to luke-warm opinions, but it actually proved to be a very worthy sequel. In the first 30 min you'll be tempted to hit the fast-forward button, but those patient enough to endure it, will be greatly rewarded in the second and final act. For what started out rather dullishly, eventually blossomed into a taut and compelling follow-up, with some incredibly fascinating plot twists. Not fully to the level of being on par with "Dragon Tattoo", but I'm still willing to give it the same rating, as the shortcomings are mostly in the margins.
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