Some said the moment he transforms from child to youth. Storyline: Ten years have passed since Dr. All in all, though, I thoroughly enjoyed the dark humor and the adventure. A minor point perhaps but it struck me as odd in watching this that a series of films devoted to one of cinema's richest characters wouldn't really get in depth character exploration in the prequel for the series. Ridley Scott is known for his stylish direction and that is certainly the case here. I was prompted after seeing it to read the books, and the right decision was made in changing the ending of this story from that written by Thomas Harris. Some said after the first killing.
But they don't, and Anthony Hopkins turns in another delicious performance as the man with the evil intent cloaked in inestimable, menacing charm. I like this film a lot, but of course it suffers - as all sequels do - by comparison to its predecessor, in this case 'Silence of the Lambs' The main reason for having a sequel at all was to showcase again the character of Hannibal Lecter, a monstrous creation everyone wanted to see more of after the first film. The lush, beautiful settings are mocked by the horror of what is happening in them and the perfectly-selected atmospheric music stayed in my mind long after the film had ended. It is a violent film -- no kidding, right? The first time I saw it, I left the theatre not really knowing what I thought of it. And having just finished the book beforehand it met all my expectations no problem. The direction deserves special mention.
This was the major one. Now, there's another category I'll call the shock factor. The doctor is now at large in Europe, pursuing his own interests and savoring the scents and essences of an unguarded world. Don't listen to the critics. And the race to get Lecter begins.
Here, we have a monster who is on the loose in a great big world, free to indulge in his passions. Very well done with a few weaknesses, well worth watching. Once again, the film lacks realism, but as with the original, it doesn't matter. I love sitting through a tense thriller that offers no relief and this was almost the case here. If there is a weak link, Ray Liotta's Krendler seems a bit misplaced. Hannibal is rooted for almost out of default initially. My only disappointments were: The changed ending.
Still, it had no other major flaws, so it gets a 6 of 10. Of course things like this don't really happen - but so what? At some point in a series of films about a man of Lector's inclinations, we should see him at work. Anthony Hopkins is, as usual, brilliant! I've heard a lot of reviews saying this was a bad movie. I wont give really much away. What interested me most was the discussion I had with friends after we finished watching the film. Hannibal Lecter is suppose to be distant because he's a psychopath.
Giancarlo Giannini was outstanding and Gary Oldman creditable. We were subsequently treated to another look at Lecter in a decent prequel movie, 'Red Dragon,' but I will not be alone in hoping that some day we will see yet more of him in a further instalment. Any legal issues regarding the free online movies on this website should be taken up with the actual file hosts themselves, as we're not affiliated with them. This was a much lower-key film than it's famous predecessor, which probably disappointed a lot of people who prefer a lot more violence and f-words in their crime movies. But a corrupt policeman who wants to get the reward that Verger placed on him, tells Verger where he is.
If you merely want a reworking of Lambs, go rent Lambs and watch it again. Gary Oldman's Mason Verger is suitably loathsome and manages to make Lecter seem almost like the hero in their battle of wits. The continuing saga of Hannibal Lecter, the murdering cannibal. It didn't strike me as a stand out film but I was satisfied with it overall and do think that it has more value than just to enthusiasts of the Thomas Harris books. Not quite as good, but still very good.
It almost seemed like an excuse to present us with the characters, rather than a story in and of itself. This is a really good film - not a great film, but a really good one. Ulliel looked very menacing as the anti-hero Lecter but charming at times as well, just as Hannibal should be and he is backed up by a strong supporting cast Rhys Ifans in particular. Verger soon realizes that in order to draw the doctor out into the open, he must use someone Lecter cannot resist as bait: Clarice Starling. All in All this movie is a delectable revenge type movie with scary, dark bad guys and many gruesome deaths. Having seen this movie three times thus far, I will say that watching it is like peeling layers off an onion. I don't know if any of these people have read any of the books, let alone Hannibal Rising, but I loved the movie.
Comparing the movie to the book. When the audience already knows how the larger story arc is going to resolve itself, how do you make the new prequel engaging? The length of the movie. Then there's Gary Oldman's Mason Verger who is so contemptible that he never elicits sympathy no matter how he suffered at the hands of Lector. It's different than ordinary gore, it's. I went to a free screening of this movie tonight, Thursday December 12, 2006 at the mall cause they gave out free passes at my work across the street. I'd rate it a comfortable second place out of the five films with Hannibal as a character I count 'Manhunter'. Ulliel's finest moment is when Lecter unleashes his unhinged wrath in the climatic scene aboard the river barge; it was thoroughly disturbing.