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The Girl Who Played With Fire

May 2, 2011

Hello all. Mark here. I asked my girlfriend to write about the greatest thing to come out of Sweden since my ancestors decided to immigrate to America. Megan impressively found a way to include Dolph Lundgren and boxing in this review of The Girl Who Played With Fire. Enjoy!

The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Played With Fire

Also known in Sweden as: The Girl Who Played With Fire.  I say this because the other Millennium Trilogy films had different names than the original names of the books in Swedish.  ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ was originally ‘Men Who Hate Women’ and ‘The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest’ was ‘The Air Castle That Was Blown Up.’  But enough fun facts for now, I’ll share some more at the end of the post!

The second story in the Millennium Trilogy takes a different tone than ‘Dragon Tattoo’. In the GWTDT we have a crazy family’s decades old ‘murder’ mystery to solve, while simultaneously we are being introduced to the main characters in the series. We also get introduced to some of the conflicts in the lives of these characters.  The Girl Who Played with Fire takes a different path; we begin to delve deeper into some of the characters personal conflicts that we only got a hint of in the first movie.
Now that Mikael’s name has been cleared and he is not in prison, we find the roles of Mikael and Lisbeth reversed.  A couple has put together a report on sex trafficing that they wanted Mikael to expose it in Millennium.  The couple is soon murdered, along with Lisbeth’s rapist guardian and all of the clues are pointing to Lisbeth being guilty. There are mysterious and extremely powerful people who want Lisbeth out of the picture and Mikael is trying desperately to clear her name.  In this film we encounter some new and interesting characters; a blond giant who feels no pain, an interesting Swedish biker gang, a boxer, a whole bunch of very secretive men and Lisbeth’s family.

Watch this movie on Netflix or get it from Redbox- turn off the lights…and your phone.  The 2.5 hours will melt away as you watch beautiful Swedish scenery and try to figure out how Lisbeth will get out of this situation.

PS. Stay tuned for a review of ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’!

Trivia: Dolph Lundgren was the producers original choice for Ronald Niedermann aka The Blond Giant (I figured Mark would love that tidbit!) but Dolph turned them down.

The disease that the blond giant suffers from in the movie is real! It’s called congenital analgesia, a genetic condition in which the person cannot and never has felt pain.  It is actually a very rare disease and is mainly found in a small village in Northern Sweden.

The boxer in the movie, Paulo Roberto, is a real person (and a famous Swedish boxer) who is playing himself in the movie.

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