The Girl Who Played with Fire
   Director: Daniel Alfredson, Rialto Distribution, Rated MA, 129 mins

The much anticipated movie version of the second installment of international bestselling author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy has finally hit the big screen.
   The movie is sure to be as big of a hit as its predecessor, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, with another powerful performance from lead actress Noomi Rapace who reprises her riveting characterisation as the ‘avenging angel’ Lisbeth Salander.
   Michael Nyqvist also returns as Millennium’s investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Salander’s concerned friend.
   In this particular sequel from new director Daniel Alfredson, Salander is pursuing her revenge strategy-tracking down her abusive guardian Nils Bjurman (portrayed again by Peter Andersson).
   Meanwhile, a Millennium journalist and a researcher who are about to expose the truth about the sex trade in Sweden are brutally murdered, with the police finding Salander’s prints all over the weapon.
   In The Girl Who Played with Fire, Alfredson provides some fascinating and heart-wrenching revelations into Salander’s past life, especially her hostile relationship with her father that contributes to a better understanding of her behaviour patterns and aggressive personality displayed during the course of the movie.
   Like the first movie there are many twists and turns in this exciting and intriguing mystery thriller.
   Many of the action scenes (at times brutal) come quick and fast but fit in with a well written storyline and a notable ensemble of Swedish cast members.
   The thrilling conclusion will certainly whet the appetite of everyone in the audience as we all await Alfredson’s final movie installment of Larsson’s Trilogy – ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’ – expected to be released over the next few months.
VIC'S VERDICT:       4 ½ Rubber Stamps

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