THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
Lurid Swedish Thriller
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist,
Annika Hallin, Per Oscarsson,
Peter Andersson, and Yasmine
Runtime: 129 minutes
Distributor: Music Box Films
Director: Daniel Alfredson
Executive Producer: Mikael Wallen, Ole Søndberg,
Anni Faurbye Fernandez, Peter
Nadermann, Lone Korslund, and
Producer: Søreb Stærmose
Writer: Jonas Frykberg
Address Comments To:William Schopf, Principal
Music Box Films
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Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 492-9364
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In this second movie, the title character, Lisbeth Salander, has left Sweden and her two lovers from the first movie, Mikael and Miriam, are worried because they have not heard from her for more than a year. Lisbeth has returned, however, because the probation officer who exploited her in the first movie is trying to remove the tattoo from his belly she carved identifying himself as a rapist. She threatens the guy with his own gun not to remove the tattoo and make sure he sends positive reports on her back to the authorities.
The man decides, however, to get help to stop Lisbeth from a mysterious sex trafficker. The sex trafficker’s business, however, is being investigated by Mikael’s magazine, which has hired the young reporter who has been gathering information on the powerful clients exploiting the female prostitutes.
When the probation officer, the young reporter and the reporter’s girlfriend (who has been interviewing the female victims of the sex trafficker) turn up shot by the officer’s gun, the police naturally turn their attention to Lisbeth.
Acting separately, Mikael and Lisbeth race to clear her name of the murders. Their investigation into the sex trafficker and his super-tough hit man leads to some awful secrets about Lisbeth’s past. Worse, the hit man hired by the sex trafficker is now hunting for Lisbeth to murder her too.
As a suspense thriller, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE is very riveting until the final climax, which is somewhat anticlimactic. Like the first movie, the thriller aspects of THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE are well done, despite some storytelling confusions in the plot. Also like the first movie, however, the second one contains very strong sexual content and nudity, as well as plenty of strong foul language. The sex and nudity is extremely excessive. It also contains very strong homosexual elements in one very explicit scene. These elements reflect today’s Neo-Marxist politically correct worldview among most, if not all, liberals, leftists, moderates, and even many who (unconvincingly and incorrectly) call themselves Christian and/or conservative. The strong homosexual elements only occur in one scene, so the movie ends up just very excessive rather than completely abhorrent. Even so, the movie’s excessive content is unacceptable viewing for all audiences.
As a suspense thriller, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE is very riveting until the final climax, which is somewhat anticlimactic. Sadly, the heroine renews a torrid homosexual affair with her female lover in one scene. The movie also includes a couple other lurid sex scenes, very strong violence, nudity, and plenty of strong foul language. Thus, although the villains in the story deserve their punishment, the movie’s lurid content is much too excessive and unacceptable.