The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

Original Title

Flickan som lekte med elden


Crime | Drama | Thriller


Daniel Alfredson




Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson, Per Oscarsson, Georgi Staykov, Sofiya Ledep, Yasmine Garbi, Annika Hallin, Tanja Lorentzon, Paolo Roberto, Johan Kylén, Magnus Krepper, Ralph Carlsson, Micke Spreitz, Anders Ahlbom, Tehilla Blad, Hans Christian Thulin, Jennie Silfverhjelm


When a young journalist (Hans Christian Thulin) approaches hims with a thesis about sex trafficking in Sweden, Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) immediately throws himself into the investigation that will put into shambles the life of Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace).


A week ago I was blown away by how good "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was. Not only it was a faithful adaptation of a book I loved, but it also was a very captivating thriller that made me feel like reading the book. That's how great it was. Unfortunately I can't say the same for "The Girl Who Played with Fire".

While it is yet another faithful adaption, this film is not even remotely comparable to the novel as it is less engaging but still watchable crime film.

The plot - or maybe the change of director - is the biggest problem. Arguably the most complex of the trilogy, this story was quite hard to follow on paper as well, but Larsson provided enough elements and details to make it as understandable as possible. That didn't happen in this film, where the lack of details make the story barely understandable. Also there are too many plot details that aren't explained.

That being said, and considering that one already knows the outcome to the story since there's a third book, director Daniel Alfredson still managed to deliver some tension and he handled the structure of the story pretty well, equally focusing on Lisbeth and Mikael's plotlines, both working to reach the same conclusion. It's kinda sad though because in this way we lose the fantastic chemistry between Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace - but that's not the filmmakers' fault, they didn't write the book after all.

As for the cast, they still do a great job. Noomi Rapace gives another stunning performance as Lisbeth Salander, portraying a quite desperate woman this time around, Michael Nyqvist and Lena Endre both do a good job and there's enough chemistry between them to develop their relationship in the correct way. The rest of the supporting cast also does a good job, and they look just like I pictured them. Micke Spreitz is fine in the role of the villain, but I think Dolph Lundgren would suit more the role.

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