Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.
Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex trafficking in Sweden and those in high office who abuse underage girls, Blomkvist immediately throws himself into the investigation. Written by
Of the three books/films in the Millennium Trilogy, this is the only one whose English title is a literal translation of the Swedish original. 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' was originally titled 'Men Who Hate Women'. 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest' was originally titled 'The Castle in the Sky that was Blown Up'. See more »
When Lisbeth goes to Bjurman's house, where she is confronted by two thugs, the surrounding area is lush and green, suggesting late spring/summer. However, when she goes to Zalachenko's farm, supposedly just one or two days later, the foliage is bright yellow and orange, and their breath is visible, suggesting mid-autumn. See more »
Exciting thriller, although unable to keep up with its predecessor
Perspective: I am 25, Danish (thus understanding Swedish) and have not read the books.
"The Girl Who Played with Fire" continues smoothly from were "Men Who Hate Women" left off, and lets you easily connect with the core characters. Salander, Blomkvist and the Millennium crew are as usual exposing the darker sides of society and confronting the perpetrators, while Salander being under pressure from all directions.
Where the cruelty and surprises of its predecessor were essential for making it stand out among thrillers, I find this movie more mainstream in storyline and creativity. Salander has lost some of her mysterious goth charm, and the sex trafficking theme is only touched very softly, turning the movie into a regular investigation with a familiar cast of characters.
The movie is worth watching, but it's my impression that you should rather read the book first, to get a much deeper insight in the great novel.
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