Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.
After a sex-trafficking expose is written by journalist Mikael Blomkvist, cyberpunk hacker Lisbeth Salander is framed for three brutal murders. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander's innocence, must work to bring her justice.
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. Written by
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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 characters.
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 novel.
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