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.
After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in a hospital and is set to face trial for attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must prove her innocence. In doing this she plays against powerful enemies and her own past. Written by
Six months prior to filming, Noomi Rapace started training, learning all sorts of different boxing techniques. This wasn't because these skills would be showcased in the films but to make her body more masculine or androgynous in its appearance. (Although Lisbeth Salander is attractive to both men and women, she never appears truly comfortable in her own skin.) Rapace also worked with a dietitian to help make her as skinny as possible. She also had multiple piercings and learned how to ride a motorbike, earning her license just as filming commenced. See more »
In the flashback footage from The Girl Who Played with Fire when burning Zalachenko falls out of the car, he falls next to the container and the spilled "gasoline" that splattered when Salander threw it on him and dropped the container, but it doesn't ignite, proving it isn't gasoline. See more »
These Swedish films are based on author Stieg Larsson's very popular "Millennium" trilogy of books.
The "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is the first, and "The Girl Who Played With Fire" is the second, while "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest" is the last in the series.
All three should be viewed in sequence. Be sure to get the Swedish originals instead of the Hollywood remakes.
Each of the three is stylistically different, but each is qualitatively in the top 10 percent of movies ever made - a 10 rating.
Tattoo is essentially a murder mystery and is nicely developed at a relaxed pace. The main point in this is the introduction of the girl, who is a fascinating personality that constitutes a underlying mystery within the mystery explored in the film itself. This mystery of the Girl is revealed in the next two films in the series.
Fire is a mystery-action movie, and unlike the relaxed pace of Tattoo (to emphasis the mystery), Fire has a fast pace that emphasizes the action.
The mystery of the Girl is completely revealed in Nest, the final movie. Simultaneous plots are shown in shifts back and forth, which is potentially confusing for some viewers. However, this is skillfully accomplished as the plots of the investigation, the trial, and the experiences of the girl through all of this are depicted.
This is an outstanding set of three movies. People that don't speak Swedish and who do not like sub-titles may not like this aspect of the movies, but there is also a fine version of Tattoo (the first movie) that is English dubbed. English dubbed versions of the second and third of the set may be forthcoming.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?