The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2009) is a Swedish crime thriller based on Stieg Larsson's international best-selling novel, The Girl Who Played with Fire. This movie is the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor) (2009).
Note: This movie is not to be mistaken with the American version of The Girl Who Played with Fire, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, which is planned for release in 2012.
Synopsis: Upon returning to Sweden after spending a year abroad, Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) finds herself being accused of the murder of a journalist and his girlfriend as well as her guardian Nils Bjurman while investigating a sex-trafficking ring with Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist). Lisbeth has to go on the run while Mikael, the only one who believes in her innocence, works to clear her name before the "authorities" get to her.
This second movie of the Millennium series reveals gruesome details of Lisbeth's childhood and adolescence while uncovering her family's shameful secrets. These details of her past finally explain Lisbeth's peculiar character in depth and the reason why she's not afraid to fight men who hate, abuse, and humiliate women. Noomi Rapace continues her legacy of gripping, stunning, and impulsive performance.
The villains in this movie are mostly intelligent dying old men who are somehow linked to Lisbeth's past. I wouldn't spill too much beans here. By the way, you do need to watch the first movie in order to appreciate the dynamics of the characters, especially in understanding why Mikael goes all out to help Lisbeth despite facing assassins.
This is a very long movie - approximately 2.5 hours. However, dynamic and compelling performance from the cast plus a very solid storyline give us entertainment value for the time spent.