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ThoughHannibal Rising'sLecter (Gaspard Ulliel) is a pussycat compared to Anthony Hopkins inSilence of the Lambs, this sequel's story of revenge is grizzly enough to satisfy lovers of Thomas Harris's epic tale. After young Hannibal (Aaron Thomas) is forced to watch his little sister, Mischa (Helena Lia Tachovska), devoured by starving soldiers in his homeland Lithuania, Hannibal vows to avenge his sister's death by slaying those who committed not only war crimes against the Lecters, but also against other families during WW II. In detailing Hannibal's revenge plan, the film investigates the psychological implications of witnessing cannibalism to justify Hannibal's insatiable appetite for human flesh. The most interesting aspect ofHannibal Rising—its analytical connections drawn between Hannibal's childhood traumas and his murderous adult obsessions—is also the film's weak point. The links oversimplify Lecter's complex character. For example, though titillating to see flashbacks of Lecter's sister hacked up and boiled while Lecter visits a Parisian meat market, the reference is too obvious. One learns why he excels in his medical school classes dissecting cadavers, and we're given explicit explanation for why he slices off and eats his victims' cheeks. The story only complicates when Hannibal interacts with his sexy Aunt, Lady Murasaki (Gong Li). When Murasaki educates him in the art of beheading, the viewer sees Hannibal's sword fetish as a manifestation of physical lust.--Trinie Dalton
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CastGong Li, Dominic West, Rhys Ifans, Stephen Walters, Richard Brake, Gaspard Ulliel, Kevin McKidd, Ivan Marevich, Goran Kostic, Charles Maquignon, Richard Leaf, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Aaron Thomas, Helena-Lia Tachovska, Aaran Thomas
DirectorPeter Webber
Genre:  Horror
Release Date:  2007
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterThomas Harris
DVD Release Date:  May 29, 2007
Runtime:  1hr 57min
Studio:  Weinstein Company
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review by . August 16, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
HANNIBAL RISING may not be in the same league with its predecessors, especially SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, but it was written by the same author - both the novel and the screenplay - and so we must accept that the arc of the story of the murderous cannibal is intact. Where this version of how the child Hannibal became the crazed and bizarre man due to his witnessing the loss of his young sister to the appetites of hungry soldiers is less successful than the studies of the grown man is the lack of including …
review by . February 09, 2007
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Pros: Good premise.      Cons: No Sir Anthony Hopkins, ending is very Hollwood.     The Bottom Line: While it is not Silence, there is enough here to garner a look for fans.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. After three books and films featuring the enigmatic and deadly Hannibal Lecter, author Thomas Harris has decided to lift the lid on the murky past of perhaps the most known killer in fiction.   …
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