Keeva Stratton,Â Quip Creative
Directed By: Daniel Alfredson
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist
The fantastic first film adaptation of the first book in Stieg Larsson\’s Millenium trilogy, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, was released earlier this year. In this, the much-anticipated film sequel titled (like the second book) The Girl Who Played With Fire, the mysterious hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) finds herself wanted for murder. As she is forced into hiding, she conducts her own investigation on the murders, and what she discovers brings to the surface a much larger conspiracy that involves a secret government agency and her own past.
In line with the already established, inimitable Salander modus operandi, she hacks, interrogates and tortures her way to the truth, all the while facing up to the horrors of where she came from. The character\’s reinvention of the female action lead is compelling, and clearly carves out a set of intriguing new possibilities for future female protagonists.
Assisting her, while being kept at arms length, is journalist and former love interest Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), who is himself intrinsically linked to the murders. Convinced Salander is innocent, Blomkvist sets out on a dangerous path that sees him crossing lines and stepping on some very powerful and dangerous toes.
The Girl Who Played with Fire is an intense murder-mystery, with cleverly crafted twists and turns coupled with intelligent plotting, that will leave you hungry for the third installment. The addition of a deeper cast of characters, and the stunning (and smartly paced) revelations into Salander\’s past, only serves to thicken the suspense and heighten your engagement with this stellar series.
Much like the first film, it is graphic, confronting and at times challenging to watch, yet you should, because if you don\’t you will miss the second chapter to arguably one of the best stories of our era. With a more complex story-line and equally good performances, The Girl Who Played with Fire has met the lofty expectations created by the first film (which is now available on DVD), and forgive the cliche, is an absolute must-see.
The Girl Who Played with Fire is in cinemas now.
Courtesy of Rialto Distribution
Category: Film & TV