The Girl Who Played with Fire is the second in Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium trilogy and sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I read these books earlier this year (my review of The Girl Who Played with Fire) and watched the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on DVD a few weeks ago. I managed to get to the wonderful, peaceful and grown-up surroundings of the Glasgow Film Theatre to enjoy this movie.
These films are the original Swedish movies although it looks like the series will be re-shot by Hollywood soon and I am intrigued to see if they loose all connection with the books. This movie followed the plot of the book very closely picking up the characters one year on from the first story.
Lisbeth Salander returns to Sweden after a year of travel. She checks on her guardian and rapist to remind him of his promise to submit satisfactory reports on her behavior and settles into her luxury apartment not really knowing what to do with her life. Meanwhile at Millenium magazine, Mikael Blomkvist is still an editor and they are about to break a major story about trafficking in women.
Then Salander’s guardian and the couple who broke the trafficking story are killed in the same night with the same gun which only has Lisbeth’s finger prints on it.
Blomkvist seems to be the only one to believe that she wouldn’t do such a thing and tries to follow his own investigation into a character called Zala while the police hunt hopelessly for Lisbeth.
The movie (and the books) have a strange mix of pace, in that a lot happens while not seeming to rush. In fact for most of the movie there is a feeling of slow but steady momentum towards some goal even though you are not always aware of what that goal will be. The story is both a fascinating character study and gripping thriller with a bloody climax which I certainly wont give away.