The Girl Who Played with Fire (15)

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Aug 24 2010

Toning down, though not entirely ditching, the swathes of rough S&M sex that featured in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ – the first movie to be made from Stieg Larsson’s trilogy – this sequel nevertheless drags us back into a world of breadknife-to-the-scrote feminism where sexual violence seldom goes without punishment. And again, it’s worth the price of admission alone to spend time in the company of Sweden’s premiere bisexual emo-sleuth, Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), as she gets tangled up in a hackneyed and unlikely plot where she must work out who has framed her for the murder of a journalist on the cusp of exposing a sex-trafficking ring.

The title refers to an incident from Lisbeth’s childhood when she doused her abusive father in petrol and set him ablaze – an event, it transpires, whose consequences she must now face.
Offering less of a cut-and-dried storyline than the first instalment, this film spends its running time carefully arranging the narrative dominoes in order to – hopefully – have them topple in the third and final film (due in November). The only real advantage of seeing ‘Dragon Tattoo’ first is that it gives depth and meaning to Lisbeth’s relationship with ruddy-faced reporter Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), who works tirelessly to clear the name of his erstwhile paramour. Filmed in murky, grainy tones which chime nicely with the squalid demi-monde that Lisbeth is forced to frequent, the film is more sharply focused on fleshing out mood and character than it is supplying rudimentary twists at cosy junctures. Certainly, much of the story is Google-powered, but is that not to be expected from an ace computer hacker? And the debate regarding the film’s feminist credentials is rendered moot at the point where Lisbeth takes down a leering Hell’s Angel with an electric Taser to the trouser area.
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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Aug 27, 2010

Duration:

129 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Daniel Alfredson

Screenwriter:

Jonas Frykberg

Cast:

Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist

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Simon

"breadknife-to-the-scrote" feminism?! Are you joking? Surely more of a theme is seriously worrying violent abuse of women? Typically you've somehow managed to make this about a threat to your genitals. Bravo

Simon

"breadknife-to-the-scrote" feminism?! Are you joking? Surely more of a theme is seriously worrying violent abuse of women? Typically you've somehow managed to make this about a threat to your genitals. Bravo

scrumpyjack

After the wildly over rated first (7/10 or 3*) comes the correctly rated second. Actually, its almost as good as "dragon" so another 7/10. So much more enjoyable without that first instalment "five star" over reaction. Good stuff - Full stop!

scrumpyjack

After the wildly over rated first (7/10 or 3*) comes the correctly rated second. Actually, its almost as good as "dragon" so another 7/10. So much more enjoyable without that first instalment "five star" over reaction. Good stuff - Full stop!

JayneM

Enjoyed this film immensley, I watched the 1st of this trilogy & then bought the books which are brilliant, just got to finish the last book before the final film comes out!

JayneM

Enjoyed this film immensley, I watched the 1st of this trilogy & then bought the books which are brilliant, just got to finish the last book before the final film comes out!

Joe

Haven't read any of the books or even seen the first film, but I really liked this. It was serious and intense, a very good drama. Sometimes disturbing but a very welcome change to a lot of the disposable, largely American dross that's been on the screens all year. Rapace's acting was outstanding, a believable and likeable heroine who makes Angelina Jolie's 'Salt' look like a cartoon character. Could well be the best film of the year.

Joe

Haven't read any of the books or even seen the first film, but I really liked this. It was serious and intense, a very good drama. Sometimes disturbing but a very welcome change to a lot of the disposable, largely American dross that's been on the screens all year. Rapace's acting was outstanding, a believable and likeable heroine who makes Angelina Jolie's 'Salt' look like a cartoon character. Could well be the best film of the year.

Paul

I was disappointed after waiting excitedly for this film given the gripping plot of the second book, yet so much of the storylines are lost in the move to film. I liked TGWTDT but this was a wear film more suited to TV. Rapace now owns the role and doesn't really get enough screen time in the film. I wanted to like this film, but felt let down. Let's hope the final film is better.

Paul

I was disappointed after waiting excitedly for this film given the gripping plot of the second book, yet so much of the storylines are lost in the move to film. I liked TGWTDT but this was a wear film more suited to TV. Rapace now owns the role and doesn't really get enough screen time in the film. I wanted to like this film, but felt let down. Let's hope the final film is better.

Mike

A difficult one to review. The first film was excellent, as was the book. I’ve not yet reached the end of the second book, but I believe the story concludes in the third book. So, there’s no conclusion to the story of this second film – you’ll have to wait for the third if you’re only following the films. Noomi Rapace puts in an excellent performance, as do the rest of the cast. As usual, it’s often high-paced drama, with usual smattering of violence, and things and people that catch on fire while Lisbeth’s around. Probably not one to which to take your elderly mum. A good film – certainly rewarding for the many fans of the film and books. Why does Cineworld Haymarket have a few problems with large numbers and hosting premiers? Why the poor queuing arrangements, and waiting for the film to start on time?

Mike

A difficult one to review. The first film was excellent, as was the book. I’ve not yet reached the end of the second book, but I believe the story concludes in the third book. So, there’s no conclusion to the story of this second film – you’ll have to wait for the third if you’re only following the films. Noomi Rapace puts in an excellent performance, as do the rest of the cast. As usual, it’s often high-paced drama, with usual smattering of violence, and things and people that catch on fire while Lisbeth’s around. Probably not one to which to take your elderly mum. A good film – certainly rewarding for the many fans of the film and books. Why does Cineworld Haymarket have a few problems with large numbers and hosting premiers? Why the poor queuing arrangements, and waiting for the film to start on time?