Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Millennium Trilogy by Steig Larson is one of the best selling book series of the last decade.  So it's no surprise that it's being turned into an English language film series.  What may come as a surprise to some is that it's already been turned into a brilliant and faithful film series in Sweden, the book series country of origin.

Today sees the release of the second film in the series, The Girl Who Played with Fire.  Like the first film, this movie stars Noomi Rapace as the titular 'Girl' Lisbeth Salander and Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Blomvist.  In this sequel Lisbeth is on the run as she is blamed for the murder of two people, one a journalist with ties to Blomvist.  Meanwhile, Blomvist is trying to find the real killer on his own.  Who killed the journalist and his girlfriend, why was Salander framed, and what exactly does all this have to do with her own dark past?

One thing of note in this movie: real life boxer, Paulo Roberto play himself.  In the book Salander has a connection to the Swedish Welterweight Champion, and in the film Roberto plays himself.  It's pretty cool in a Meta kind of way.

If you've enjoyed the books be sure to check out the original Swedish versions of these films before you see any Americanized movie.  I promise these movies are very true to the source material.  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire are both out now on DVD.  The third and final film, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest starts playing in limited release this Friday.


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