Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Girl Who Played with Fire. B

The Girl Who Played with Fire continues the exploration of the complicated heroine, Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), but more importantly offers another mystery that's refreshingly plot-driven and original. These movies based off the Stieg Larsson books are long and constantly throwing information at us. But they never wander off the track because the characters are always after one central goal. In Dragon Tattoo, it was to find a missing girl, and in its followup its the investigation of a double murder. There's more suspense this time around because Lisbeth, though obviously innocent, is actually the suspect of the killings. The Girl Who Played with Fire doesn't require as much research by the characters as in Dragon Tattoo, and that to me was a disappointment. I loved the nazi intrigue of the first one, yet here the film plays more as a straight up thriller dealing with issues in the present only (though there are some interesting revelations concerning Lisbeth's troubled past and how she played with fire ). I haven't yet sat down to the final chapter of the trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. I don't expect it to be much of a gratifying experience cinematically, but I would like to see it simply to see how the story ends. And The Girl Who Played with Fire ends with us wanting just that, as Lisbeth's fate is completely up in the air as she flies off in a helicopter, nearly dead.

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