Flickan som lekte med elden [2009]

With a change of director (from Niels Arden Oplev to Daniel Alfredson), the franchise has lost its dynamism and its ground on reality and has exchanged its arthouse charm for generic action formula. Lisbeth Salander gets reduced to a much smaller role (and separated from Mikael), favoring a series of new (but nearly irrelevant) supporting characters. It’s not the worst film, and it’s somewhat entertaining, but compared to its predecessor, it feels like a joke. It’s clear that this is a trilogy and that there’s yet another film after Flickan som lekte med elden, but the incredibly abrupt ending gives no closure on this episode.