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Never Silence Hannibal
Member Name: salsal49
Date: 05/09/02, updated on 05/09/02 (58 review reads)
Advantages: Anthony Hopkins
Disadvantages: couldnt quite match first film
This film truly is a compliment to it prequel ‘silence of the lambs’ and if you think it couldn’t be that good again especially with a new Clarice (Julianne Moore) replacing Jodie Foster) then you would be right – it doesn’t quite have the intense thrills as silence of the lambs but it certainly is a good film….
Cannibal Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) is back, ten years after escaping from a Tennessee courthouse, leaving a string of mutilated bodies in his wake. After taking over as the head of a library from the now mysteriously absent predecessor, Lector finds himself living in Florence. That is until a botched FBI raid lead by agent "Clarice Starling" (Julianne Moore) leaves his former "student" in quite a bit of hot water. Put back on the case after interest is expressed by Hannibal's one surviving victim, millionaire Mason Verger (Gary Oldman), "Clarice" finds herself a pawn in an elaborate torture scheme. The wheelchair bound and faceless Verger (Dr. Lecter drugged him with PCP and "suggested" he peel his own face off with a piece of glass) plans to capture Hannibal with the intentions of feeding him alive to his specially bread, "man eating" Pigs.
Across the pond we follow the over extended inspector Pazzi (Giancarlo Giannini) making a foolhardy attempt at trying to capture Lecter himself for Verger's three million dollar ransom. But as the sad eyed detective is about to learn you don't mess with Hannibal the cannibal and live to tell about it. Meanwhile "Clarice" is keeping taps on Pazzi's bounty hunting and while unable to save the man from his own greed, she finds Hannibal coming to America to pay her a visit, and right into Verger's hands.
I will not reveal the ending to those who have not seen this film but I will tell you that although the plot is not as good as silence of the lambs the ending is
much better and the big gore scene (in silence of the lambs being the part where lector wears the skin of the guard and hangs him up) is much more gruesome and involves Ray Liotta’s Brain. Those of you who have seen it will know what I mean.
Anthony Hopkins is amazing, as always he has certainly hung on to how he believes Hannibal should be in a film that is more centred around him than the first film was. He is just as disgusting and yet sweetly and silently adoring Clarice all the way through.
Julianne Moore is excellent and I would probably say she is a better actress than Jodie Foster ever could be but Jodie gave Clarice her personality and mannerisms in Silence of the Lambs so when Julianne Moore tried to make Clarice her own it didn't quite work.
Hopefully she will have another Hannibal film in the future to prove herself in.
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