Movie review: "The Girl Who Played with Fire"

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

How good is "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"? Well, it's been running at the Drexel for almost four months now, and it's still drawing audiences, despite the fact that it's already available on home video.

Friday brings the second movie in a trilogy based on Stieg Larsson's hugely popular Millennium novels. As good as the first? Not quite, but you still won't want to miss it.

The tale of headstrong hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) picks up where the first left off. Make sure you've seen it.

Director Daniel Alfredson (no relation to the Ottawa Senators right winger) takes over for "Dragon Tattoo" helmer Niels Arden Oplev. The switch isn't noticeable, and the noir-y tone stays intact.

One drawback is a story that keeps the two leads apart for much of the film, denying us some of their great chemistry (but setting up a big finish, due here in October).

But Rapace is again amazing as Lisbeth, conveying so much in a tight-lipped performance that fans of dark noir should get on board before David Fincher's American remake.

"The Girl Who Played with Fire"

Opens Friday at the Drexel & the Gateway

3 stars out of 4