Communicator (communicator) wrote,

Two films

I went to see two films this week: Buried and The Girl Who Played with Fire.

Buried is a very minimalist film. It is set entirely in a 6-by-2 foot grave, in which an American civilian contractor to Iraq has been interred by kidnappers, who want a ransom. They have left him a mobile phone so they can tell him their demands, and he can try to persuade the authorities to pay up. It's one guy (played by Ryan Reynolds) trapped in a small sandy hole, and that's all you see for an hour and a half.

I like minimalism but this was a bit too sparse for me. Sometimes his light source fails and you are just staring at a dark screen. Rather than entering into the claustrophobia this threw me out of the setting, back into my cinema seat. It's not bad, it's an interesting try, but it's not brilliant.

The Girl Who Played With Fire is the second in the Stieg Larsson trilogy. It's very similar to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but with less extreme violence (it is still quite violent). If you liked the previous, this is really a safe and expected continuation of the series. I enjoyed it. I like the lead character, Lisbeth, better in this one; she seems to have slightly more personal agency, to be more of a subject rather than just an idealised object. I also liked the boxer who helps Lisbeth's girlfriend.
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