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Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Girl Who Played With Fire - Review (2009)

The second film in the Swedish version of the Swedish book trilogy that is also currently also being remade by American filmmakers while still setting the films in Sweden... got it?

I hate to be the guy that bases a review on how the film was compared to the book (or anything else,) so I won't (yet.)   Let me first review it as just a film and a followup to the first film.  This film continues the story of Lisbeth Salander (Noomie Rapace) and Mikael Blomkvist after their first venture together.  Blomkvist has gained a famed and Salander has disappeared... alive but purposely keeping a low profile, even avoiding contact with the whose life she saved.  As Blomkvist is readying a massive expose that could bring down numerous officials, a series of murders occur with all evidence pointing toward Lisbeth.  What we get is an entertaining, but not all that satisfying film.  Many of the "mysteries" are revealed too early turning what could have been a whodunit to a predictable series of events.  The acting is still great, Rapace is the main attraction here.  It is just, as this story is told it never reaches the high points it should have.

Not a substitute for the book.  Some of the best moments are glazed over and others do not even exist.  I understand this is what happened when a book is adapted for the screen.  It is just that some of the decisions on storylines/characters/scenes to omit are quite questionable.  To say it felt abridged would be an understatement.  6 out of 10

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