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Hannibal (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2001)

A 2001 movie directed by Ridley Scott

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  • Feb 6, 2001
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Rating:
+3
Pros: Good Story, chilling.

Cons: May be to gory and intense for some.

The Bottom Line: Solid film, and very entertaining.

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

One of the most compelling screen villains in ages returns to the big screen in "Hannibal", the film adaptation of the controversial sequel to "The Silence Of the Lambs" by Thomas Harris.
When we last left Dr. Hannibal the Cannibal Lecter(Sir Anthony Hopkins), he had escaped from confinement in a bloody rampage and was in hiding. The new film picks up the story ten years later, where Lecter is still on the loose, and Clarice Starling, (Julian Moore), who was an agent in training in the first film, has fallen on hard times. It seems that she has run afoul of the old boys network at the FBI, and has been made the scapegoat for a botched drug raid through no fault of her own. Since Lecter has a fondness for Clarice based on their time talking with one another ten years ago, while Starling attempted to gain clues from the good Dr. to solve another case, Lecter decides to break his silence, and contacts Clarice to tell him that he is ready to come out of retirement.
Before long, Starling is on the case of trying to locate Lecter, and the trail leads to his only surviving victim, a badly disfigured Millionaire, Mason Verger (Gary Oldman) It seems that Verger has a grudge to settle with the good Dr. and has offered a very large reward for him. The film then becomes a deadly cat and mouse game between, Starling, Lecter, Verger, and the authorities, as well as oily agent Paul Krendler (Ray Liotta) who has a serious grudge against Starling.

The film does has some very intense and violent content, but is every bit as gripping as the previous film. Director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) combines gripping visuals with a solid pacing, to deliver chills and suspense. The cast is first rate and Moore is solid in her portrayal of Starling, and I for one did not even notice that Moore was taking over the Academy Award winning role made famous by Jodi Foster who declined to return for a second outing. Hopkins is chilling as Lecter, and gives a performance every bit as good as his best Actor award winning role in the previous film.

4 stars out of 5.

Gareth Von Kallenbach

gareth@nwlink.com


Recommended:
Yes

Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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review by . June 08, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
review by . September 09, 2003
After ten years, the world waited eagerly for the sequel to the legendary THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Finally, they have it - although I'm sure it's not at all what they expected. HANNIBAL is the result of what most will see as a Ridley Scott-Anthony Hopkins-Hans Zimmer collaboration. Adapted from Thomas Harris' best-selling (although much weaker) novel, HANNIBAL follows only the basic plot of the novel. Anthony Hopkins returns to his Oscar-winning role as cannibal genius Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who …
review by . March 15, 2002
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Sometimes art gives us a villian that is more memorable and interesting than the hero. Witness for example the villians of STAR WARS: Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Darth Maul; or the man-eating shark in JAWS; or Shakespeare's MacBeth or Iago. In 1991 another villian entered the collective group conscience and grew into a larger figure in the fabric of American pop culture. That villian's name is Hannibal Lecter and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS marked the beginning of his dynasty. Now he's back in a sequel …
review by . September 29, 2001
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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 …
review by . February 11, 2001
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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 …
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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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