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The Girl Who Played with Fire(Flickan som lekte med elden)

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Sweden, Denmark, Germany · 2009
Rated R · 2h 9m
Director Daniel Alfredson
Starring Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson
Genre Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of Swedish establishment 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.

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Los Angeles Times by Betsy Sharkey

Though the thriller is in the hands of a different filmmaking team this time led by Swedish director Daniel Alfredson and screenwriter Jonas Frykberg, they've kept the searing intelligence and ruthless bent.


Miami Herald by Connie Ogle

The story is far from finished; the film can't help but feel like a bridge to its end. But the power of that partnership forged in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" remains strong.


Wall Street Journal by Joe Morgenstern

The actress gets immeasurable help from the writing: Lisbeth's anger is matched by her intelligence and her physical prowess, which enables her to administer as well as absorb pain in megadoses. But none of it would register without Ms. Rapace's singular combination of eerie beauty and feral intensity. She's a movie star unlike any other.


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Relentless suspense allows The Girl Who Played With Fire to hold you in a viselike grip. But it's the performances of Nyqvist and especially Rapace that keep you coming back for more.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

The Girl Who Played With Fire is very good, but a step down from "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," if only because that film and its casting were so fresh and unexpected.


Orlando Sentinel by Roger Moore

Yes, it's pretty much a must to have seen the first film. Where Dragon Tattoo felt like fall, Played with Fire was shot in the Swedish summer, which suits the faster pace, ramped up violence and fresh collection of supporting players -- cops, a kickboxer, and a couple of borderline Bond villains.

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