The Girl Who Played with Fire is the second movie of the Millennium Trilogy. The action continues where The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo left off. Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) is on the run from the police because she’s the suspect for three murders. Mikael (Michael Nyqvist) tries his best to clear her name. While all these are happening, the unlikely pair is trying to crack open a sex trafficking ring.

Most characters are back, including Millennium co-owner Erika Berger (Lena Endre) and Lisbeth’s girlfriend Miriam Wu (Yasmine Garbi). Then there are new characters, including ex-boxer Paolo Roberto (Paolo Roberto) and the invincible thug Ronald Niedermann (Micke Spreitz).

Character develop made by Stieg Larsson is butchered by the movie. Some thrilling elements are removed. This might be due to time constraints because even all the cuts in the story, the total runtime of The Girl Who Played with Fire is 129 minutes.

There is a fight between Paolo and Niedermann that I expected to be interesting because I enjoyed that part in the book. But it didn’t translate well in the movie. The fight was more exciting in the book than in the movie. The Girl Who Played with Fire movie is not as loyal to the book as the first movie of the Millennium Trilogy. I found the book to be more stimulating. One thing that the movie didn’t touch on is the conflict within the police force, which I thought added flavor to the story.

The Girl Who Played with Fire movie is less thrilling than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The suspenseful novel was turned into an average detective movie.

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