- Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore
- Summary: Hannibal continues the story begun in "The Silence of the Lambs." Ten years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins) escaped from custody, ten years since FBI Agent Clarice Starling (Moore) interviewed him in a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. The doctor is now at large in Italy, gloriously at liberty in an unguarded world. But Starling has never forgotten her encounters with Dr. Lecter -- his cold voice still haunts her dreams. (Universal Pictures)… Expand
- Director: Ridley Scott
- Genre(s): Thriller, Crime
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''The Silence of the Lambs'' was a classic; Hannibal is only a good movie of its type.
Every frame of Scott's film is gorgeously lurid and baroque, but it just hangs there like bad art, even during the gore-spilling, Grand Guignol climax.
Hannibal, which is very likely the worst film of this year and quite possibly the next, achieves what no movie I can recall ever even attempting: It somehow manages to be both repugnant and boring.
May 24, 2011Make sure you finish your popcorn early when viewing Hannibal for the first time. While most of this film is based on suspense, there is certainly plenty of gruesome horror by the end. Anthony Hopkins revisits his infamous role of Hannibal Lector in this disturbing sequel to Silence of the Lambs. Julianne Moore revises Jody Fosterâ… Expand
Nov 11, 2011This movie is superb, i strongly believe that those that didn't enjoy
it did not or perhaps cannot appreciate its finer points. I don't know
what people were expecting but i watched this alone and still gave a
round of applause when the credits rolled.
Its a deep and interesting story because while Hannibal is a killer,
and of course a gruesome cannibal, everyone he killed in some way
deserved it, and if youve read the books you will know that the trauma Hannibal suffered as a child goes a long way to excuse him. So the films begs the viewer the question as to his
morality, and his punishment if any at all. The viewer perhaps will
grow to like Hannibal, and so will be presented with many philosophical
quandaries as the film progresses, would they rather see him jailed or
free, alive or dead?
Hannibals interaction with Agent Starling is a fascinating one, wrought
with sexual and psychological tension as agent Starling and the viewer
both *feel* that Hannibal wouldn't harm her, but you are never quite
sure and neither is she.
The pace of the film builds up to a climactic finish which doesn't give
itself away until the very end. You are always guessing, will they run
away together? will he kill her? will she kill him? will she hand him
into the police? will he escape? Watch it and see.
I would say that this film doesn't hold your hand, there are a lot of
finer details which may be unappreciable to those who haven't read the
books or at least seen the "dragon rising" movie which explains
Hannibals childhood. Many will be dismayed by the end because they
think that Hannibal is meant to be a cardboard cut out villain, he
isn't, and they're wrong, this is a fantastic movie.… Expand
Feb 23, 2013The thing about Hannibal is that it was a good movie, but there was something just off about it. Anthony Hopkins was simply amazing as he is in most everything he does. The rest of the cast was equally as good, but the story was a bit odd. Out of the four Lecter movies, this is the one that doesn't really fit. I didn't like the whole overseas aspect, although the manhunt was good. Clarice Starling was a completely different character and it had nothing to do with that fact that another woman was playing her. Juliana Moore did a great job, but Starling, wasn't the same Starling we came to love in Silence of The Lambs. Overall I liked the movie and it had some great parts to it, especially the end, but my feeling is that something just wasn't right about it.… Expand
Jun 28, 2012After finally getting around to reading the book I was truly excited to see the film adaption of Hannibal. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed. One of the most intriguing and important features of the book was Lector's background, revealed through multiple flashbacks throughout the story. I see no logical reason for Ridley Scott and the screenwriters to cut out such an integral element. Anthony Hopkins second performance as Lector is just as focused and well-executed has his first, so full credit to him. Gary Oldman plays Mason Verger perfectly, and the rest of the supporting cast are also fine. Julianne Moore however, gave what in my opinion was the weakest and least charismatic performance of the entire cast. She's no substitute for the brilliant Jodie Foster, and it shows. Ridley Scott gives some stylish flair, with some impressive cinematography, but overall the film feels less focused and streamlined than Silence.… Expand
Jan 30, 2014Much, much more graphic than its predecessor, this follow-up to the classic (and my personal favorite film) The Silence of the Lambs is all kinds of disappointing. Beyond the fact that Jodie Foster is clearly not replaceable as Clarice Starling as the makers of this film believed, the excessive and gratuitous gore and horror elements that were not present in the prior film are ever present here and serve no purpose. The great part about The Silence of the Lambs was how it could cover such horrific violence and spare you the viewing of it, but its description of it was good enough for you to get the full picture. Here, I do not know if it just lazy writing or what, but here, everything is shown in every gory detail. In addition, another major issue is the lack of dialogue between Clarice and Hannibal. In the prior film, that was a major part of the story and what made the film so great. Here, however, that is simply not the case. Finally, Clarice is not who she was in the first film. There was much more depth to her. Now, they seemingly made her a carboard cutout of a cop in film/television. There is no originality to her character, she no longer felt like a real person. There are positives, though, that really help this film out. Firstly, Anthony Hopkins is phenomenal as expected. It is hard to imagine anyone else playing Hannibal Lecter for me, as he seems to capture the character so beautifully and really does a fantastic job. In addition, Ridley Scott does a fine job in the director's chair and really helps boost this film up a bit. Finally, the suspense elements are good and help keep you interested and on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. Overall, a solid film, but as a follow up to a classic, it was always going to look bad, but I was still hoping for more.… Expand