The Girl Who Played with FireSeptember 18, 2009
As computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name.
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 6.9/10 (29,325 voted)
Critic's Score: 66/100
Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre
Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish 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.
Writers: Jonas Frykberg, Stieg Larsson
Hans Christian Thulin
(as Hans-Christian Thulin)
Release Date: 18 September 2009
Filming Locations: Götgatan, Södermalm, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $904,998
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(14 November 2010)
Did You Know?
The role of Ronald Niederman is played by Micke Spreitz. Spreitz got the part after that the filmmakers' original choice Dolph Lundgren turned the role down. If Lundgren had taken the part it would have been his first role in his native Sweden.
When burning Zalachenko falls out of the car, he falls next to the spilled "gasoline" that splattered when Salander threw it on him, but it doesn't ignite.
Exciting thriller, although unable to keep up with its predecessor
Perspective: I am 25, Danish (thus understanding Swedish) and have not
read the books.
"The Girl Who Played with Fire" continues smoothly from were "Men Who
Hate Women" left off, and lets you easily connect with the core
characters. Salander, Blomkvist and the Millennium crew are as usual
exposing the darker sides of society and confronting the perpetrators,
while Salander being under pressure from all directions.
Where the cruelty and surprises of its predecessor were essential for
making it stand out among thrillers, I find this movie more mainstream
in storyline and creativity. Salander has lost some of her mysterious
goth charm, and the sex trafficking theme is only touched very softly,
turning the movie into a regular investigation with a familiar cast of
The movie is worth watching, but it's my impression that you should
rather read the book first, to get a much deeper insight in the great