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Monday, April 18, 2011

FLICKAN SOM LEKTE MED ELDEN / THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE (2009)

Fans of that Dragon Tattoo gal will be satisfied with the gleanings in episode two. Others can give it a pass. This time, the main mystery (something or other about ‘white slave’ trafficking) plays more directly into Ms Tattoo’s personal backstory which thins the texture of the storyline, and not to the film’s advantage. (Like the first film, the theatrical release trims the running time of the Swedish tv edition.) Daniel Alfredson takes over helming from Niels Arden Oplev and he turns out a smaller scaled product that is significantly less kinky & more linear. Is it him or the script? There aren’t a lot of surprises here, and some of the sidebar episodes feel shoe-horned in. (Boxing, anyone?) And did no one care that the film’s resolution lands with a thud as it conveniently sets up a final episode/confrontation? The film does boast a fabulous sick joke involving a taser-resistant foe. Maybe the final release will have two jokes in it.

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