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"The Girl Who Played With Fire" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. A researcher and a Millennium journalist about to expose the truth about the sex trade in Sweden are brutally murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and violent behavior makes her an official danger to society. Mikael Bloomkvist, Salander's friend and Millennium's plublisher is alone in his belief of Salander's innocence. Digging deeper Bloomkvist unearths evidence implicating highly placed members of Swedish Society-as well as shocking details about Salander's past. He is desperate to get to her before she is cornered-but no one can find her anywhere.

 

Specifications

  • Music Box Films Home Entertainment
  • 2010, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 9 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Swedish
  • Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist
  • Directed by Daniel Alfredson
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

The second installment after The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, this film begins with Mikael Blomkvist (well-acted by Michael Nyqvist), publisher of the muckraking magazine Millennium, has hired a free lancer to write an article about sex traffickers and the johns that are involved in the trade. He intends to out some of the prominent johns. The two parallel stories are like by-the-numbers crime stories, that eventually intersect. There's violence, sex, gore, fires, spies, car chases, torture scenes, and suspense as we follow the protagonists. Lisbeth always seems to be immersed in intrigue, and her physiological profile slowly emerges as the film progresses. There's some computer hacking in this one, but not as much as in the first film. She's forced to be on the run from the law because she's accused of three murders. Lisbeth's cruel father whom she had set afire as a child comes back to haunt her in this sequel. It ends in a cliffhanger that will entice viewers into seeing the third film in the series this fall, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest.

Technical

This film is as well filmed as the first. Some of the night scenes show a bit of noise, but it doesn’t distract. Colors are vibrant and well saturated. Flesh tones are natural. The sound is in DD only and it wasn’t until minute 26 that my sub stirred from its slumber.

Extras

Commentary and several trailers.