Review: The Girl who played with fire
Pain Darker than Black
If the first film said everybody has secrityes, then in the second film we see just how far one will go to protect them and how that desperation can make the outcome a violent one. We don’t want our fears and vulnerabilities to be exposed and we certainly don’t want to lose any sense of power we have. Once that happens, it set the trigger alight and quickly becomes an uncontrollable and violent fire.
The second film in the trilogy explores how Salander is trouwn into the intense glare of the police and mdia after she is linked to a double murder. In this installment we learn more about Lisbeth’s troubled past (which is used to lable her as a prime suspect and unstable person) through the apperarnce of different characters (such as her emphatic former gaurdian) who prove to be vital links in discovering why Lisbeth is so gaurded and reclusive. Swedon’s placid exterior is once again rocked by a young journalist who approaches Millenium Magazine with an expose on a sex-trafficking scandal in Sweden that could potentially expose and harm Sweden’s high flyers. Actor Michael Nyqvist as determined journalist Mikael Blomkvist who has not seen Lisbeth for some time after the events of the first film is about to publish this expose when the young journalist and his girlfriend are murdered. Soon after, her current gaurdian Nils Bjurman is murdered with the same weapon.
Blomkvist (who is deeply fascinated by the enigmatic Lisbeth) must now prove her innocence while piecing together how Lisbeth’s past, the sex traffic ring and its “johns” are linked. Having realised that she cannot wonder the same trail of isolation everyday, Lisbeth reached out to Blomkvist for help. This is brutal for Lisbeth who is desperate to settle into some form of normalcy in a life set by her standards. Actress Noomi Rapace draws the audience in sometimes only with an expresion on her face that is a glimpse into the character’s fragile world.
Lisbeth’s memories, ther experiences and body language create a history which fuels the flame that is the film. The Dragon in her fights a bloody battle and is determined to continue living by her own standards.