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The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009)


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3.5 out of 10 Many elements of the police procedural: sections
Mary from Limerick, 12 May 2011
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is now followed by the second volume, in an English translation that has none of the awkwardness to cross-tongue novels. Larsson's series shares a quality with a previous phenomenon of translated literature: The Name of the Rose. Umberto Eco transposed Sherlock Holmes to a different time and genre and imported learning from history, theology, philology and other disciplines. Larsson's Millennium trilogy is likewise an enjoyable and instructive compendium of pop-culture references and academic knowledge. The numerous middlebrow allusions include James Bond (a crucial document is titled "From Russia with Love" and the characters are chasing a shadowy Eastern European villain with a distinguishing characteristic), while Salander is recognisably a Lara Croft for grown-ups - a female Terminator.
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2.5 out of 10 Get it over with so you can go on to Pearl Earring
Adrian from Dublin, 17 Jun 2011
This sequel has trouble living up to the expectations set by Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Whereas the first film followed an investigation, in this one the characters more or less wander around until they bump into the action. The action itself is still powerful, though suspension of disbelief is strained to its limits a couple of times. Incidentally, the disc containing this film convinced me once and for all that Blu-Ray is to be avoided until there's an easy way to skip all the ads.
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4 out of 10 Preferred the book
Matthew from Galway, 27 Feb 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed the first of the trilogy (dragon tattoo) and thought it got the feel of the book across very well. Unfortunately the 2nd book (fire) is a little slower, which did not make for as good a film. There is more detail in the book also, that could not be easily brought to the screen, which meant the film did not flow as well as expected. Definitely worth watching, but I hope the third film picks up the pace
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3.5 out of 10 Girl who played with fire
Barbara from Cork, 20 Jan 2011
Good but lesser than the first. Its really refreshing to see a movie that has not been made in Hollywood. The actors look like real people, baggy eyed and not super taut faced clones. So I enjoyed the film on that level. Its also a fast moving disturbing and complex and gripping plot. The only fault I thought was the, occasional, over emphasis on car and motorbike chase. I like it.
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4.5 out of 10 Watch number 1 first
Seamus from Monaghan, 30 May 2013
The story carries on. there is fighting. There are computers. The acting is good the story, free from the horrible stilted writing in the books, is good. In short you'll root for the underdog and enjoy the film. Watch it with subtitles the dubbing will drive you mad.
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What's it about....
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 under-age girls, Blomkvist immediately throws himself into the investigation. Second film based on the trilogy of books by Stieg Larsson, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and THE GIRL...

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