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Hannibal (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2001)

A 2001 movie directed by Ridley Scott

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At least they don't do this on Fear Factor...

  • Jun 8, 2004
Pros: Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore rock my socks

Cons: Took forever for Hannibal and Clarice to meet up...

The Bottom Line: "Well, hello Clarice..."

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.

I know there have already been plenty of reviews on Hannibal, but I’ve just recently had a taste (*cue evil snicker*) of it myself, and I just have to say something about it. First I’ll give you a little summary of what you’re going to get yourself into.

If you haven’t seen Silence of the Lambs, don’t worry about it too much. It’s not exactly mandatory that you see that movie first, though it helps just a little. In which case, I’ll fill you in on the pieces you need to know. Enter FBI Agent Clarice Starling who, in the previous film, was trying to catch a murderer and went to Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a.k.a. Hannibal the Cannibal (played in both films by Anthony Hopkins). Currently he’s locked up far away from society – but when Clarice comes to have little chats with him, he gets into her mind and vice versa. Obviously by this movie you can tell – Hannibal has gotten out, but a few things haven’t changed…and he hasn’t forgotten about Clarice.

So now here we are. Clarice is now played by Julianne Moore, who is having issues with the FBI, but has received some information about Hannibal from one of his past victims – Mason Verger, the only one to make it out alive. She is now determined to find him, but she’s not the only one looking. In Italy, an inspector Pazzi suddenly realizes who he’s been talking to all this time after a visit to the FBI net. Mason isn’t exactly happy with his last meeting with Hannibal. With money and revenge on the line, it’s all a matter of who will find him first. And when it comes to Clarice, well, Hannibal doesn’t mind too much in letting her run around after him. It’s a full-scale cat and mouse game, complete with a little *mmm* dinner, in case you get hungry…but I’m not telling you anything else – you’ll have to find out what happens to who (and how) yourself.

First off, I most certainly liked it better than Silence of the Lambs, which I’ve seen so many times (or at least the ending so many) that it’s kind of dull now and not really scary. Anthony Hopkins does an absolutely fantastic job as Hannibal Lecter and I just grin thinking about just how well he played his roll. He’s so well-learned, well-spoken, but at the drop of a hat can put on that psychotic grin and wide eyes that so easily creeps one out. Man he’s good.

Julianne Moore makes for a far better Agent Clarice Starling than Jody Foster ever did, in my opinion. I’d never even seen Hannibal, and even before then when watching Silence of the Lambs I decided I didn’t like Jody Foster for the roll. It just didn’t seem to fit. I remember seeing a commercial for Hannibal and noticing they had a different actress for Clarice and right then and there thought, “Yeah, she looks the part – she’s going to do good.” And I was right. I even think that they should go back and remake Silence of the Lambs and use Julianne Moore instead. Haha.

The movie itself is slow-paced, and after a while I actually started to get impatient for Clarice and Hannibal to meet up. To be honest, I was actually a little disappointed for the lack of interaction between the two. Frankly I think the last 20 some minutes is the best part – I was extremely excited to see such interesting behavior by Hannibal after he did a little rescuing of Clarice (I’m not telling – I said go see it!). I thought the whole thing between those two was great…stuff like that intrigues me to no end – it’s ridiculous. Hehe.

Now, I remember my sister telling me about to movie, as well as others, saying, “It’s so gross!” Ok, I’ll give them that yeah, it can get to the point where you think, “Aw man, sick…” but on the Gore-o-Meter of 1 (no blood) to 10 (bucketfuls) it’s really only about maybe a 4 or 5. Starship Troopers was ickier. I guess the context of the blood and such all makes it matter more. There’s the creepy factor to put in there because, if you have blood and major creepiness, it’s much easier to gross people out.

So if you can handle a little grossness, like Anthony Hopkins, and don’t mind one big creepy situation (the movie as a whole), take a look. It might even make you double check your door locks at night. *evil grin*



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Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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review by . September 09, 2003
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The moment he signed on to film Hannibal, Ridley Scott must have known he would be thrown out of the window and left to dangle like a Pazzi. It was utterly unavoidable that Hannibal would be held up against Jonathan Demme's rendition of Silence of the Lambs, and inevitable it would come off second best. Silence of the Lambs is not just any old potboiler, after all.So, instead of going head-to-head with Demme in the serial thriller stakes, Scott has done what any sensible director would do - made …
review by . August 25, 2001
I guess the first indicator should have been that Jodie Foster didn't want anything to do with the project.. but having loved the first movie so much, I figured I had to see where the characters had gone in 10 years.. I should have left it to my imagination. The only mainstay of the 2-part series was Hannibal Lecter's cannabilistic ways. Jodie Foster WAS Clarice Starling, and the best part of the first film was her on-screen chemistry with Hopkins' Lecter. Moore's characterization of Clarice, hardened …
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Pros: The world's greatest psycho is back, doing what he does best!     Cons: The changed ending is really bad.     The Bottom Line: Good, but not worth full price.     Well, folks, it's been 10 years since we last saw the escaped Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter walk off into the sunset, in search of someone to have for dinner at the end of "The Silence of the Lambs". Now, Hannibal is back in a film all of his own. It's a shame he's lost …
review by . February 06, 2001
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Yes, he's back, and he's still hungry. Ten years afterThe Silence of the Lambs, Dr. Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter (Anthony Hopkins, reprising his Oscar-winning role) is living the good life in Italy, studying art and sipping espresso. FBI agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore, replacing Jodie Foster), on the other hand, hasn't had it so good--an outsider from the start, she's now a quiet, moody loner who doesn't play bureaucratic games and suffers for it. A botched drug raid results in her demotion--and a request from Lecter's only living victim, Mason Verger (Gary Oldman, uncredited), for a little Q and A. Little does Clarice realize that the hideously deformed Verger--who, upon suggestion from Dr. Lecter, peeled off his own face--is using her as bait to lure Dr. Lecter out of hiding, quite certain he'll capture the good doctor.

Taking the basic plot contraptions from Thomas Harris's baroque novel, Hannibal is so stylistically different from its predecessor that it forces you to take it on its own terms. Director Ridley Scott gives the film a sleek, almost European look that lets you know that, unlike the first film (which was about the quintessentially American Clarice), this movie is all Hannibal. Does it work? Yes--but only up to a point. Scott adeptly sets up an atmosphere of foreboding, but it's all buildup for anticlimax, as Verger's plot for abducting Hannibal (and feeding him to man-eating wild boars) doesn't ...

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Director: Ridley Scott
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 2001
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
Runtime: 131 minutes
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
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