7.2/10
89,944
152 user 244 critic

The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

Flickan som lekte med elden (original title)
Trailer
1:30 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Daniel Alfredson

Writers:

Jonas Frykberg (screenplay), Stieg Larsson (novel)
Reviews
Popularity
4,529 ( 382)
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Nyqvist ... Mikael Blomkvist
Noomi Rapace ... Lisbeth Salander
Lena Endre ... Erika Berger
Peter Andersson ... Nils Bjurman
Michalis Koutsogiannakis Michalis Koutsogiannakis ... Dragan Armanskij
Annika Hallin ... Annika Giannini
Sofia Ledarp Sofia Ledarp ... Malin Erikson
Jacob Ericksson ... Christer Malm
Reuben Sallmander ... Enrico Giannini
Yasmine Garbi Yasmine Garbi ... Miriam Wu
Ralph Carlsson ... Gunnar Björk
Georgi Staykov Georgi Staykov ... Alexander Zalachenko
Hans Christian Thulin Hans Christian Thulin ... Dag Svensson (as Hans-Christian Thulin)
Jennie Silfverhjelm Jennie Silfverhjelm ... Mia Bergman
Per Oscarsson ... Holger Palmgren

Who Was Almost 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'?

Lisbeth Salander has been played by three different actresses, including Clarie Foy in the newest version of the film The Girl in the Spider's Web. Who else was up for the role?

Find out

Edit

Storyline

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 benmo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Fight Fire With Fire See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence including a rape, some strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The role of Ronald Niederman is played by Micke Spreitz. Spreitz got the part after the filmmakers' original choice Dolph Lundgren turned the role down. If Lundgren had taken the part, it would have been his first role in a film from his native country, Sweden. See more »

Goofs

When Lisbeth is in the Caribbean early in the movie, she has the tail of the dragon tattoo coming down below her tan line. Later, when she is with Miriam Wu, the tail ends a couple of inches above her tan line. See more »

Quotes

Lisbeth Salander: I don't know why I didn't say goodbye.
Dragan Armanskij: You don't care about other people. You treat your friends like dirt, it's as simple as that.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Jo Nesbø's Headhunters (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Would Anybody Die
Music by Jacob Groth
Text & Soloist: Misen Groth (as Misen Groth)
See more »

User Reviews

 
Second installment of the Swedish Millennium trilogy about heroine Lisbeth Salander made me relish the first film by director Niels Arden Oplev
11 August 2010 | by ruby_fffSee all my reviews

This follow-up installment by director Daniel Alfredson is a decent mystery thriller with expected action scenes and a string of plot points to keep your interest going. It provides more background information about our tenacious heroine Lisbeth's childhood and her legal guardians, mysterious police reports, and her couple of singularly close friends (Miriam and Paolo, both happened to also know kick-boxing and boxing). Of course, there is Millennium key journalist, Micke Blomkvist and his fellow investigative reporters, and most of the storyline we're following thread after thread, hoping (as everyone in the movie does) to get closer to Lisbeth. From the audience point of view, we get to see her, alright, tagging along with her varying guises to avert danger too close for comfort. She, too, wanted to get to the bottom of the alleged murders that were conveniently linked to her name. The whole movie feels like an expanded "Wallender" episode from the Swedish police-detective TV mystery series.*

"The Girl Who Played With Fire" gave us seemingly straightforward 'facts' as the multiple characters uncover - likened to a 'treasure hunt' (or musical chairs, if you so inclined from the number game of the targets by the villains) vs. providing dramatic highs and penetrating clues, suspenseful and emotional exciting turns as in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," when we followed Lisbeth and Micke on their investigative furtive trails and cerebral deductions. What Danish director Niels Arden Oplev gave us in the first installment can very well stand on its own as a suspense dramatic thriller (which was true to the original Swedish title "Men Who Hate Women"). It's an excellent whodunit - quality entertainment, moving and satisfying wrap-up to the point of tear-jerker, in spite of some plot-required gritty (raw, not for the squeamish) scenes, which were actual arcs for the next two installments to lean on and refer to. Yes, I recall those particular cited scenes in "The Girl Who Played With Fire" when replayed and enhanced our empathy with Lisbeth's character. What this second installment did give us is preparing for the next and final movie in pursuit of Lisbeth's truth along with Micke staunchly standing up for her - so I kinda read the reviews already on IMDb for "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest". Truly anticipate for the wide release of the 'Part 2' of the second installment and getting to the nitty-gritty rhyme and reason of our heroine Lisbeth and hope for the very best for her.

Do see "The Girl With Dragon Tattoo" if you haven't experience it yet. Yes, mind you, there are NFE (not for everyone) scenes, but they are necessary to the understanding of the heroine, Lisbeth Salander, and set up for the next two movies that follow in this worthwhile mystery trilogy from Sweden. Subtitles in English.

* "Wallender" is a popular Swedish detective mystery TV series I was lucky to catch now and then on KCSM (in Bay Area, California) on their 'International Mystery Monday nights' at 10 PM. They are usually intense, violent crime scenes without apology, political story lines, tons of threads (or red-herrings) that compel you to stay through till the end of the 90-minute episode. There's also a British "Wallender" mystery series based on the same Swedish police-detective Kurt Wallender, played by Kenneth Branagh (who's an executive producer for the program).

If you have a chance to catch the German-Austrian production of "Tatort: Crime Scene" - that's a favorite international mystery I highly recommend. Every TV episode is intelligently written and delivered, with crime scenes usually suggestive or chilling effects off-screen, and simply loved the pair of investigators Max Ballauf and Freddy Schenk (detective partners brilliantly played by Klaus J. Behrendt and Dietmar Bär - one's kinda skinny, the other's kindly plump). If good old-fashioned mystery style is your cup of tea, try "Maigret" the French, pipe piping burly of an endearing Parisian Inspector, impeccably portrayed by Bruno Crémer, who solves murderous puzzles ever so facile. Great sets, costumes and befitting music as we accompany Maigret, unhurriedly sauntering on police business, visiting the rural provinces of French locales.


26 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 152 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

Sweden | Denmark | Germany

Language:

Swedish | Italian | English | French

Release Date:

27 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl Who Played with Fire See more »

Filming Locations:

Galé, Algarve, Portugal See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

EUR4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$904,998, 11 July 2010

Gross USA:

$7,638,241

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,153,225
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed