(Dr. Hannibal Lecter)
Gianni (Rinaldo Pazzi)
Liotta (Paul Krendler)
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despite the cast and the hype the film falls flat. The plot is
contrived and predictable just like all other slasher movies....I
think it's a prerequisite. Some new and interesting characters
are introduced but we only get a "taste" for who they are
and their motivations. It seems like they were included only to
help move the plot along....the means to an end. A very
disgusting, Itchy-and-Scratchy-esq end that if I hadn't eaten dinner
two hours beforehand would have definitely made me sick.
The plot seemed blurry and unfocused,
but maybe I just had a hard time paying attention. I often found
myself becoming distracted by attempting to replace Julianne Moore
with Jodie Foster. That's not a knock on Julianne Moore, it's
just hard to replace the original actress....especially when the role
won her the Academy Award. Despite the script, Anthony Hopkins
had a "delicious" performance. Sorry, there were just
so many food related (and totally lame) allusions in the film; it must
have rubbed off on me.
Hanns Zimmer ("Gladiator") wrote the
score.....no complaints here. He did a good job. Ridley
Scott was the director. Too bad, he was really on a role.
Maybe I'm being too harsh, he didn't write the script after all.....he
just directed it. He did, however, recycle a scene from his last
blockbuster "Gladiator"....can you guess which part I'm
The film lacks the intelligence and suspense that made "Silence
of the Lambs" such a success. However, "Hannibal"
does provide your daily recommended serving of gore and cheesy
innuendos (in reference to eating). Don't expect much more from
this movie than blood and the occasional cannibalistic cooking
( 2 1/2 out of 4 pops )
about this film with other Popkorn Junkies
Pappy ( 1 1/2 out of 4 pops
Believe it or not, my wife dragged me to this movie.
I guess in some ways it is a chick flick, though I’d have to go
into a lot to explain that one, more than I can in a capsule review.
I enjoyed "The Silence of the Lambs", but this
squealing sequel fell flat as a soufflé for me.
I was even disappointed with the much touted final horror scene
as the special effects seemed almost comical.
I have a feeling that I would have enjoyed the film much more if
I read the book.
But as it is I’d have to say that Jodie was smart by-passing
this as the movie really bites.