**The Girl who Played with Fire** takes place a year after the events of the first movie. Despite living an idyllic life in the Caribbean, Lisbeth Salander is haunted by the nightmares of her past. She returns to Sweden and is implicated in the murder of an arch enemy and two allies. Reuniting with redeemed journalist Mikael Blomkvist, Lisbeth uncovers a dark conspiracy that is far more personal than expected.
Lisbeth is the antisocial heroine who can force a confession threw ropes and bondage while wearing bloody kabuki make-up. Containing look-away violence, these sequences are well done with creeping tension enhanced by excellent sound direction. Lisbeth Salander shares traits with Hannibal Lechter, their behavior is atrocious, but at least these characters have a sense of humor.