Friday, June 18, 2010

The Girl Who Played With Fire

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist

Directed by Daniel Alfredson

Release Date: July 2, 2010

Traveling abroad for a year, antisocial hacker Lisbeth Salander has returned to Stockholm wanted for the murder of three people, including her guardian, Nils Bjurman. Believing his friend to be innocent, investigative journalist Mikael Blombkvist searches for the true killer and uncovers a shocking truth between the killer and Salander. Like the predecesor, The Girl who played with fire is a fast-paced adaptation of Steig Larsson's novel that streamlines most of the story, although in this adaptation many subplots are removed: Salander's trip to Caribbean, Milton Security's private investigation on the murders, and Salander's history with Paolo Roberto (who actually appears in the film a himself). However, despite the omission of several secondary characters, the story remains as strong as the performances from the cast.Michael Nyqvist sells his performance as Mikael "Kalle" Blombkvist, Lena Endre makes a strong supportive performance as Erika Berger, and Noomi Rapace continues to be fantastic as Lisbeth Salander.

Rating: * * * *  of 5

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