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The fear of the unknown is replaced by stupid looking brains and guts
Member Name: huggy2009
Advantages: Hopkins is always fairly good
Disadvantages: Some acting is weak, story and script are weak
Dr Hannibal Lecter is back, 10 years after his escape at the finale of Silence of the Lambs, he is living a serene life in Florence, Italy. However Mason Verger (Gary Oldman) a billionaire paedophile who was Lecter's fourth victim wants revenge for the scarring and emotional and physical damage he has been caused.
With the promise of money and power put before him Paul Krendler (Ray Liotta) a justice department official agrees to help Verger pull Lecter out of retirement using his employee, Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore) as bait.
What follows is a melee of flesh eating, double crossing and a series of delicious performances from the main cast members.
Anthony Hopkins returns as Hannibal Lecter a Bon Viveur with a sickening taste for human flesh at the start of the film he appears almost sane in his new home, enjoying his anonymity but once he is recognised we see his sanity gradually pearl away and the monster returns. Oldman is good as a man who has been physically and mentally destroyed by this monster and wants to destroy him, really we should root for him, but he is a particularly nasty piece of work and Oldman plays him without emotion which makes it hard to care anything for him.
Liotta plays Clarice's nasty good for nothing boss and gets his come uppance in fine style he is a sneak and a cheat and is only interested in himself, Moore is fine as Clarice and continues where Jodie Foster left off, she is vulnerable and tough in one and a fine character, although she does seem to get herself in a lot of trouble for such a bright lady.
Is it any good?
I didn't really think this was a great film, at the start when Hannibal is in Florence I really enjoyed it, the scenery the cat and mouse psychological games with the Italian detective trying to find and out him, it was a good start, with intelligent pacing and some fine acting. Once Lecter becomes the monster we all know he is, it gets a bit silly, the killing and cannibal scenes feel gratuitous and as if they have to outdo those of the prequel, which is a real shame as there is a semblance of a great plot here. The script isn't great and relies on too many catchphrases, Hopkins phones in the silly part of his performance and the chemistry between him and Moore is drab, it is a film which didn't really need to be made to maintain the legend of Hannibal.
The action is fine but no better than hundreds of similar thrillers, the blood and guts are laughable not frightening it lacks the intensity and the fear of what you don't see that made its prequel so chilling.
This is not one of Ridley Scotts finest films, there are some great shots of Florence at the start but the horror side of things is too over the top and makes the film seem a tad facile.
For £3.98 at Amazon you get the film plus:
Never before seen alternate ending
Over 34 minutes of deleted and alternate scenes (Which tells me all I need to know about how disappointed the director must have been in this film).
Feature length Ridley Scott Commentary
Breaking the silence - 5 featurettes
A multi angle featurette on the art of story boarding (something that should have been taken way more seriously)
Anatomy of a shootout (Making of Fish market action scene)
Trailers, Tv Spots, Production Stills.
Summary: If in doubt throw in loads of blood and brain eating