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Hannibal (2001)

Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Ray Liotta, Giancarlo Giannini and Gary Oldman

Synopsis: FBI agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore) is disgraced after a botched drug raid resulting in the deaths of five people, including a baby. Though Starling had tried to abort the raid before a violent situation developed, another officer charged ahead and precipitated the gun battle with Drumgo and her bodyguards, and Starling is unjustly blamed for the bloodbath by Justice Department official Paul Krendler (Ray Liotta), whose romantic advances Starling had rejected years earlier. As a result of the publicity surrounding the drug raid, Starling and her past connection to escaped serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) come to the attention of one of Lecter’s victims, Mason Verger (Gary Oldman), a wealthy, sadistic pedophile. Verger, who was left horrifically disfigured and paralyzed by his encounter with Lecter, still seeks revenge for what occurred. He uses his political influence to have Starling assigned to the Lecter case once again in the hope that this will draw Lecter out of hiding. Hannibal is found on Italy by Inspector Pozzi (Giancarlo Giannini) who unsuccessfully tries to capture Lecter for Verger. Verger eventually captures Lecter and it is Starling who comes to his aid. Hannibal is not done though who jas a special meal on order for Starling and Krendler.

Trivia: After Thomas Harris finished writing the novel, he sent copies to “The Silence of the Lambs” principals Jonathan Demme, Jodie Foster, Ted Tally, and Anthony Hopkins for approval. The screenplay was rewritten no less than 15 times because of dissatisfaction by Demme and Foster over new character elements. In the end, neither Demme nor Foster remained with the production. Some of the places where the movie was filmed include places where filming hardly ever is allowed. Author Thomas Harris, while doing research for his book, got in contact with the heir of the Palazzo Capponi. For the movie this same heir allowed Ridley Scott to film the Capponi Library.

How scary is this really?: This is not super scary but it has some scary and some pretty gross parts thoughout. Hopkins delivers again as Hannibal but I find myself missing Jodie Foster’s presence and Jonathan Demme’s steady hand behind the camera. Don’t get me wrong both Scott and Moore do great jobs but they both seem a little out of their elements in his one. It is a good sequel but not as good as Red Dragon. Still worth watching with Lambs though.


About Trevor

Hi my name is Trevor and this is my blog! Films are a passion of mine. I am a total film geek. I own over 700 films and the collection is ever growing. I studied Film Studies and Scriptwriting in College. What I have learned about films is mostly self taught.

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