- 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
R.DalviMay 2, 2006The brain scene is awful and disgusting. But Anthony hopkins' terrifc performance almost lifts it from the pits of mediocrity. Moore9;s charcter sketch is very poor though. but her performance is very good. Not as suspenseful as The Silence of the Lambs but has more gruesome violence than it. Also, Oldman is good but is not recognisable.… Expand