The Girl Who Played with Fire

September 18th, 2009


The Girl Who Played with Fire

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As computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.9/10 (29,325 voted)

Critic's Score: 66/100

Director: Daniel Alfredson

Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre

Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex trafficking in Sweden and those in high office who abuse underage girls, Blomkvist immediately throws himself into the investigation.

Writers: Jonas Frykberg, Stieg Larsson

Michael Nyqvist - Mikael Blomkvist
Noomi Rapace - Lisbeth Salander
Lena Endre - Erika Berger
Peter Andersson - Nils Bjurman
Michalis Koutsogiannakis - Dragan Armanskij
Annika Hallin - Annika Giannini
Sofia Ledarp - Malin Erikson
Jacob Ericksson - Christer Malm
Reuben Sallmander - Enrico Giannini
Yasmine Garbi - Miriam Wu
Ralph Carlsson - Gunnar Björk
Georgi Staykov - Alexander Zalachenko
Hans Christian Thulin - Dag Svensson (as Hans-Christian Thulin)
Jennie Silfverhjelm - Mia Bergman
Per Oscarsson - Holger Palmgren


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Release Date: 18 September 2009

Filming Locations: Götgatan, Södermalm, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden

Box Office Details

Budget: €4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $904,998 (USA) (11 July 2010) (108 Screens)

Gross: $7,621,388 (USA) (14 November 2010)

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Did You Know?

The role of Ronald Niederman is played by Micke Spreitz. Spreitz got the part after that the filmmakers' original choice Dolph Lundgren turned the role down. If Lundgren had taken the part it would have been his first role in his native Sweden.

Revealing mistakes: When burning Zalachenko falls out of the car, he falls next to the spilled "gasoline" that splattered when Salander threw it on him, but it doesn't ignite.

User Review

Exciting thriller, although unable to keep up with its predecessor

Rating: 7/10

Perspective: I am 25, Danish (thus understanding Swedish) and have not read the books.

"The Girl Who Played with Fire" continues smoothly from were "Men Who Hate Women" left off, and lets you easily connect with the core characters. Salander, Blomkvist and the Millennium crew are as usual exposing the darker sides of society and confronting the perpetrators, while Salander being under pressure from all directions.

Where the cruelty and surprises of its predecessor were essential for making it stand out among thrillers, I find this movie more mainstream in storyline and creativity. Salander has lost some of her mysterious goth charm, and the sex trafficking theme is only touched very softly, turning the movie into a regular investigation with a familiar cast of characters.

The movie is worth watching, but it's my impression that you should rather read the book first, to get a much deeper insight in the great novel.


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