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The Girl Who Played with Fire (DVD + Blu-ray Combo)

Noomi Rapace , Michael Nyqvist , Niels Arden Oplev    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
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The toughest chick in Sweden returns to action in The Girl Who Played with Fire, the second film adaptation of the late author Stieg Larsson's “Millennium Trilogy” novels. That would be Lisbeth Salander, once again played with quiet, feral intensity by Noomi Rapace. As Larsson's readers and anyone who saw the first film (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, also released in 2010) knows, Lisbeth is small in stature but big trouble for any man who crosses her--after all, this is the woman who set her father on fire after he abused her mother and later, after being released from a mental institution, took extreme revenge on her legal guardian after he brutally assaulted her (those scenes are briefly revisited for the enlightenment of those who missed the earlier film). Also back is investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), Lisbeth's erstwhile lover and partner in solving the Dragon Tattoo mystery. When two of his young colleagues are killed while at work on a story about sex trafficking, followed shortly by the murder of the aforementioned guardian, Salander is the prime suspect. But Mikael is sure of her innocence; in fact, he's convinced she's the next victim, leading to a tangled tale in which Lisbeth learns more about her family and its very dark secrets than she ever wanted to know. The story is compelling, if a bit slow to take shape, and director Daniel Alfredson, taking over for Niels Arden Oplev, skillfully sustains the mystery and tension (there are also doses of nudity and violence, the latter much more graphic than the former). But Lisbeth isn't on screen nearly as much this time, and her relationship with Blomkvist, so central to the Dragon Tattoo, is almost an afterthought. Still, The Girl Who Played with Fire will certainly whet fans' appetites for the next installment, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest; and considering the overall class and quality of these Swedish productions, one shudders to think how they'll turn out in the inevitable American versions, the first of which is due in 2011, with Daniel Craig as Blomkvist.--Sam Graham

Special Features

Blu-ray Exclusive Features:
  • Cast & Crew Interviews
  • Nidermann vs Roberto: Behind the Fight Scene
  • Theatrical Trailer

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4.0 out of 5 stars The girl full of fire Oct. 26 2010
The late Stieg Larsson centered his Millennium Trilogy around cruelty towards women -- and the movie adaptations don't hold back either.

The second movie of the trilogy, "The Girl Who Played With Fire," is a tightly wound thriller that is almost as good as the first. It lacks some of the raw, wild, dark energy, but it tangles together some razor-sharp social commentary (sex trafficking) with car chases and conspiracies. Best of all, it still has brilliant performances by Michael Nyqvist and Noome Rapace.

A year after "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," Millennium magazine has a new reporter -- Dag Svensson (Hans Christian Thulin) and his girlfriend are doing reports on sex trafficking and prostitution. But then Mikael (Nyqvist) finds both of them dead in their apartment, and Nils Bjurman (Peter Andersson) -- the cruel "guardian" who raped Lisbeth -- has been brutally shot in the head.

Since Lisbeth (Rapace) just returned to Stockholm (and threatened to shoot Bjurman), she becomes the No. 1 suspect in all three murders. Even though, y'know, she had no motive for two of them.

Of course, Mikael doesn't believe that she did it -- especially since a hostile blond giant is going around beating up anyone (a trainer, a casual girlfriend) who might know Lisbeth's whereabouts. As Lisbeth goes on her own dark mission, she tells Mikael that he should look for someone named "Zala." But when Mikael starts hunting for information on this mystery man, he also learns more about Lisbeth's dark past...

Lisbeth Salander was something of a mystery in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" -- we knew she was troubled, a brilliant hacker, and had been in a psych ward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most Entertaining and well produced DVD's! March 20 2011
Having read and enjoyed the books, I find the Swedish film productions excellent and so superior to what Hollywood so frequently does in distorting a good story. The realism is also something an adult can appreciate, unlike the stuff often censored in the US. The subtitles in no way interfered with my pleasure.
The three DVD's are the gems of my collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Acting May 14 2014
By lamp
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The main character who plays Lisbeth excellent , however the other actors were disappointing ,
The story was interesting, liked the first movie better, "the girl with the dragon tattoo"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Millenium 1-2-3 Oct. 25 2013
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Item shipped promplty and was received in good condition.
I've read the trilogy before watching the movies. and it made the understanding of a few scenes easier.
Good sweedish littérature and movies. I recommend both.
The movies feature mostly ordinary looking people and not much strikingly handsome stars.
Plot is elaborated, there is action, suspense, some unlikely twists and turns, the heroes suffer and the villains finally get it.
To watch it in Sweedish with English subtitles provides an exotic ambiance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Feb. 1 2013
By Denise
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If you can survive the subtitles it really is worth the watch. View the films in sequence though or you will miss out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Girl who Played with Fire Jan. 21 2013
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This trilogy of movies is not for the faint hearted. The original Swedish versions tell it like it is in the books (which themselves were excellent). I especially liked the English dubbing option - made it much easier to concentrate on the action and characters than reading subtitles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the girl who played with fire. Jan. 12 2013
By gaby
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perfect for an ending to this story. also i read the 3 volumes a bit different but making a film and writing a book is different.but it is a plus if youo have read the book before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 30 2014
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Another good movie which is thoroughly entertaining, and "Hurray" for the underdog..
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