Film Reviews

“The Girl who played with Fire” (Flickan som lekte med elden)

Director: Daniel Alfredson
Writers: Jonas Frykberg (screenplay), Stieg Larsson (novel)
Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist and Lena Endre
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Released date: 18 September 2009 (Denmark)
Duration: 129 min

Story Line:
A tattooed computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist investigate a sex-trafficking ring. Lisbeth is victim of a rape and has been treated in psychological asylum for setting her father on fire for abusing her mother. In search for her father Alexander Zalachenko(Zala) former Soviet Secret Agent, she somehow is accused of three murders including the young journalist and his girl friend who actually tried to find out facts about the sex trade with their country and Dragan Armanskij who allegedly raped her. After spending a year abroad, Lisbeth Salander returns to Sweden. She calls on her court-appointed guardian to remind him, in her own way, of his promise to submit satisfactory reports on her behavior. Lisbeth had a recorded tape of that rape and she tends to blackmail Dragan Armanskij. During her visit to his home she left finger prints on the pistol and that leaded investigating team to put on the hunt.

To avoid police, Lisbeth Salander vanishes. While the local newspapers go wild at the idea of a “psychotic lesbian S&M Satanist” on the run, Blomkvist tries despairingly to clear her name, although he can’t find her anywhere. When he does eventually make contact, it is to discover that Lisbeth Salander is more embroiled in his investigation than he could have thought possible. He ultimately not only learn the identity of the culprits but also some of Lisbeth’s family secrets. Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has spent his life 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 from Eastern Europe and child prostitution, Blomkvist immediately throws himself into the investigation.

Lisbeth Salander does not known Blomkvist, however she is in constant contact with him – or at least, with his computer’s hard drive, which she has cloned and is monitoring from her vast new apartment (to which no one knows the address).

Review:
This film continues where “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” ended. The Girl Who Played with Fire (Swedish: Flickan som lekte med elden) is based on the second novel in the million-selling Millennium Trilogy by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. It was published posthumously in Swedish in 2006 and in English in January 2009.

Starting from Child psychology to a broken family system, leading to find out how these crimes are institutionalized in societies; film has unearthed shocking facts. Due to sensational scenes film is X-Rated though but still mix of commercial and art cinema. Those who have not watched the first movie of this series named “The Man who hated Women” would really appreciate the cinematography, back ground movie and the way producer has portrayed the novel in its original soul.

Title of the film suggested that who plays with fire will ultimately will bear the consequences, but leaving an impact of suspense crops up. A destructive message comes is “family is not important”. The behavior of a man who plays father (Zala) asks his daughter if she was actually raped and then he regrets over taste for women the man has. There are criminal activities in societies but they way exposed in film is amazing.

The whole plots captures the attention of the viewer till end. However few of the scenes could have been shot better without action. The way Lisbeth Salander’s past was exposed bound the interest of the viewers. Noomi Rapace’s acting made role of cold and apparently ruthless Lisbeth Salander immortal. Makeup of the Georgi Staykov as burnt man was excellent.

So summing up, Film is good watch and compels viewers to watch the rest of the series too.

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Rubab Saleem

Rubab Saleem is Editor of Pakistan Times

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