Welcome back Lisbeth Salander.  We sure missed you on your short trip away from the theaters.  I’m sure the trip could be coincided between your assistance in the missing person’s case with Mikael Blomkvist and your random travels around the world.  You haven’t missed much, but I’m sure you could be easily caught up.

But lo, you find yourself in another conundrum, this time being accused of a triple homicide that you may or may not have committed.  Your prints were on the weapon, after all, which was conveniently left in the stairwell for the police to find.  Your on again, off again girlfriend gets kidnapped for answers as well, and that doesn’t sit well with you at all.  Oh, and Blomkvist is trying to be your friend.  Not that you really care, since you can take care of yourself thank you very much.  It’s just a matter of involving people that upsets you and makes you be a one woman wrecking crew.

You remain, by far, the most interesting person in this little adventure, with your photographic memory and the suggestion of Asperger’s Syndrome adding to the enigma that you are.  The best hacker by far, though those skills that were impressive in your investigations last time around take a bit of a back seat.  You still hack, but not as much, since you seemed focused on saving your own neck and clearing your name.

Your adventure is a bit tighter this time around, more or less because you’re the one being chased and, also, doing the chasing.  Unfortunately, the chasers don’t have much of anything to work with personality wise, and the familiar cast don’t come through as much as well, including Blomkvist.  But then, this isn’t Blomkvist’s adventure this time, but yours Miss Salander.  Can’t really fault the guy, can you?

Your adventures are filled well enough, from your beginning escapades in the Caribbean to the mountainous regions of Sweden, which include a car chase, a boxing match show down between your personal boxing partner and a hulking blond giant who doesn’t feel pain, your own beat down of a couple thugs that was quite impressive indeed, and the final showdown between you, the blond giant, and… well, can’t give that secret away, can I?

Your adventures, at least to this viewer, were translated much better to the screen this time around than your previous adaptation.  Granted, the director had to cut out large sections of the story to make this fit in the 130 minute running time, but the argument could have been made that the second book could have stood to lose a hundred pages and it still would have worked.

But this is a movie review, not a book review, so let’s keep it at that.

In conclusion, since I really don’t have much else to say, it’s not as good as the first one, but it’s still serviceable, with a tight enough plot to keep things going and plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat.  And, it has a character like Lisbeth Salander, who by far has no comparison to any other character that has come onto the screen this year.

There’s still one more adventure for you too, and I’m looking forward to that one as well.

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