The film follows the first in the trilogy, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which is released on 12th March in the UK, and our review of this film will be up on the site shortly.
The films are based on a trilogy of books by Stieg Larsson and focus on a journalist named Mikael Blomkvist and the titular girl with the dragon tattoo, hacker Lisbeth Salander. In the first film the two join forces to investigate a particularly vicious serial killer and in the second their focus moves towards an investigation into the sex industry.
I saw the first film earlier this year and based on the premise and marketing I had very low expectations as the film looked and sounded very derivative. I was very pleasantly surprised though by what I saw. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a well made, taut thriller with an engrossing story and well drawn characters. The trailer for the second film suggests we are in for more of the same but with no release date set in the UK or US for The Girl Who Played with Fire it may be a while until we get to see the second part of the trilogy.
The final part, The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet’s Nest, has already been released in Sweden but there is no set date for the English language version either. I’m definitely looking forward to these two though and hopefully if the first makes enough money at the box office we will see release of the two final parts in the very near future.
There have also been a lot of rumours circulating about English language remakes of the three films although it has been suggested that these will be new adaptations of the source novels than strict remakes. This is even more reason to watch the original trilogy as I suspect the Hollywood versions may well water down some of the more shocking but important elements present in the Swedish films.
Thanks be to Trailer Addict for this one.