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Movie Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire

Alternate Title: The Little Match Girl

Story: Lisbeth, Lisbeth, Lisbeth. Life is not easy for this fiery, angry young woman. In the second part of the Millennium Trilogy we find Lisbeth enjoying life somewhere in the Caribbean (although it is never easy to tell if Lisbeth Salandar is having fun since her range of expression is nil). This second film in the series was directed by Daniel Alfredson and written by Jonas Frykberg and, of course based on the book by Stieg Larsson.

This time out we find Lisbeth, on her return to Sweden, sudden wanted for a triple homicide. Her devoted friend Michael Nyqvist seems to be the only one in the country that is sure Lisbeth is innocent and is ready to move heaven and earth to prove it. We meet more dastardly, abusive, rotten men and get to see most of them get their comeuppance (always my favorite part).

Part two answers many of the questions left hanging from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I am ready for part three, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest to be released in October.

Check out the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSsodK7KFXQ

Acting: Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander owns this part. Brava. Michael Nyqvist as loyal Mikael Blomkvist also has ownership of his role. A fine supporting cast includes: Annika Hallin (Annika Giannini), Per Oscarsson (Holger Palmgren), Lena Endre (Erika Berger), Peter Andersson (Nils Bjurman), Mikael Spreitz (Ronald Niedermann), Yasmine Garbi (Miriam Wu) and Johan Kylen (Jan Bublanski)

Trivia: Noomi Rapace used the holes of her old piercing's when she was a young punk rocker in her role as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Form his website: Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) was a Swedish writer and journalist. Prior to his sudden death of a heart attack in November 2004 he finished three detective novels in his trilogy "The Millenium-series" which were published posthumously; "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest". Altogether, his trilogy has sold more than 20 million copies in 41 countries (spring of 2010), and he was the second best selling author in the world 2008. Before his career as a writer, Stieg Larsson was mostly known for his struggle against racism and right-wing extremism. http://www.stieglarsson.com/

Predilection: I liked The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Critters: A fawn

Food: There seems to be absolutely no time to eat in Sweden.

Sex Spectrum: Oh my yes.

Blatant Product Placement: Apple Laptop Computer

Soundtrack: Appropriately scary.

Opening Titles: A sequence opens with a semi-relaxed Lisbeth on some unnamed Caribbean isle.

Visual Art: Sweden is a bit dreary in these films.

Theater Audience: Four other people

Weather: Cold and rainy.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I paid attention throughout.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Probably not.

Big Screen or Rental: Go for the big screen.

Length: A tad over two hours.