I've now finished the movie version of Stieg Larsson's "Millenium" trilogy, just as I've started reading the first one. This one picks up right where THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE left off. Lisbeth is in the hospital and awaiting trial for three murders just as soon as she's well enough. This time Mikael Blomkvist is working to save her. There's less physical action in this movie, so it's a tribute to the full, rich characters Larsson created (and to Noomi Rapace's performance) that a story that takes place mostly in her mind and her motivations is still gripping. In order to win her trial, she has to let go and open up about her traumatic past. My favorite scene is simply her totally punked-up appearance in court. Not just because she looks bad-ass, but because of the psychological implications--she's putting on a form of armor so that she can be vulnerable in public. Just brilliant.
Running Time: 147 minutes
My Total Minutes: 216,130