The Girl Who Played With Fire
George Constantin on September 13, 2010
Rialto presents a film directed by
Jonas Frykberg based on the book by
Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson, Per
Oscarsson, Sofia Ledarp, Georgi Staykov, Micke Spreitz, Yasmin Garbi,
Annika Hallin, Paolo Roberto.
Rating: MA 15+
September 23 2010
The Girl Who
Played With Fire is Daniel Alfredsen's
action-packed sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, directed
by Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev. Based on the second
installament by the same name of author Stieg Larsson's best-selling
Millennium Trilogy, the film sees the return of Noomi Rapace as
the social misfit and computer hack Lisbeth Salander, Michael Nyqvist
as the investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist, Peter Andersson
as Nils Bjurman, Salander's sadistic guardian, and Lena Endre as
Erika Berger, Blomkvist's senior colleague at Millennium magazine.
In The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,
the action was focused on the mysterious disappearance of Harriet Vagner
some 40 years ago, with Salander as a secondary character, providing
much-needed support to Blomkvist. In The Girl Who Played With Fire,
however, Salander is the focus of the entire film, and being pursued by
the police and a host of unsavoury characters. All the while, we see
flashbacks to Salander's murky and troubled past, and of the mystery of
a little girl lighting a match and throwing it towards the driver of a
car. Blomkvist is certain of Salander's innocence, and would do his best
to prove it.
As the case with previous installment,
Blomkvist is once again on a mission; this time to solve the murder of
two journalist investigating sex trafficking in Sweden involving men of
high office and under age girls. When a third murder takes place, photos
of Salander are splashed all over Sweden implicating her in the murders.
In the process, Blomkvist finds himself yet again having to solve the
mystery of a missing person; this time it's a man by the name of Sala,
who may yet hold the key to Salander's innocence.
Nyqvist is one of Sweden most popular
actors, and a veteran of film, TV, and theatre since the early 1980,
having worked with one of Sweden's most talented directors Lukas
Moodysson (of Show Me Love, Lilya 4-ever, and A Hole inMy
Heart fame) starring in Tillsammans (Together)
in 2000, and also appearing in 2002 as Benny in Kjell Sundvall's
Grabben i graven bredvid (The Guy in the Next Grave), a role
that earned him a Guldbagge, the Swedish equivalent of an Oscar for Best
Rapace had a busy film and theatre career,
and had recently won two Danish film prizes for Best Actress for her
portrayal of Anna, the girl who dreams of being an actress in Simon
Staho's Daisy Diamond (2007), while Andersson is seasoned veteran
of film, theatre, and TV, as is Endre, who began her theatrical career
in 1979; the year Rapace was born. She won critical acclaim for her
interpretation of the role of Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Director Daniel Alfredsen began his career
in TV, and short films, has enjoyed great critical success in recent
years, having shared a Guldbagge for Best Script for Mannen Pa balkongen
(The Man on the Balcony) (1993), and Best Director for Tic Tac
(1997). More recently, Alfredsen had both critical and commercial
success with Varg (Wolf), released in 2008.
The Girl Who Played With Fire
is a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining sequel, and although far less
confronting that its predecessor however, as one would naturally expect,
it's impact is not diminshed. It's slick, fast paced, intense, and packs
a mighty punch and should please the ever-growing army of fans of
Larsson's books and Oplev's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
I can't wait to see The Girl Who Kicked
a Hornet's Nest, also directed by Alfredsen.