The Girl Who Played With Fire


Lisbeth Salander locked and loaded


The Girl Who Played With Fire (Flickan Som Lekte Med Elden):  This is a highly entertaining follow-up to my personal favorite film of the year so far, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  Again, the story revolves around Lisbeth Salander, the tiny woman with a lethal mix of damage and drive, played by the Swedish actress Noomi Rapace.  Rapace’s Lisbeth is a tiny fury of a Goth hacker.  At only 88 pounds, so she will lose a fistfight with a man; but she prevails with her smarts, resourcefulness and machine-like  relentlessness.  Lisbeth is always mad AND always gets even.  As I have written before, Lisbeth Salander is the best new crime drama character since Helen Mirren’s Inspector Jane Tennyson.

In The Girl Who Plays With Fire, Lisbeth is framed for a triple murder.  She must find The Real Killer while on the run, aided by a mostly independent investigation by her ally, journalist Mikael Blomkvist.  Their parallel investigations lead to a villain much closer to Lisbeth than one could imagine.  Plays with Fire has the structure of a detective procedural, but has the tone of a thriller.

Although I liked them both, I did prefer The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo to Plays With Fire.  The Wife and two friends who had all read the books, strongly preferred Played with Fire to Dragon Tattoo.  I don’t know whether this is a gender thing or whether people who know the story react to the movies differently.  I generally enjoy major plot twists more when I don’t see them coming, and I have certainly found some big surprises in both Dragon Tattoo and Plays With Fire.

Plays With Fire is the second part of Stieg Larsson’s trilogy, to be followed in October by The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

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One Response to The Girl Who Played With Fire

  1. Patricia says:

    I agree with Scott. I prefered the 1st movie to the 2nd. Sorry ladies. as i read the 3rd book, i read and wonder what big chunks of this 700 page book will they leave on the cutting room floor. but i am so pleased to finally see this movie make the review list. It is a must see movie for those that read the book or not.

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