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Silence Of The Lambs (DVD)
Member Name: Kells
Silence Of The Lambs (DVD)
Date: 10/08/01, updated on 10/08/01 (136 review reads)
Advantages: Fantastic storyline, Excellent acting
Disadvantages: Very disturbing
I’ve always been aware of “The silence of the lambs” existing however it wasn’t until it was released on DVD that I found an interest in it. It received so much hype especially with its close release with the sequel “Hannibal” that I decided it was worth a go, so I went out and bought it on DVD for £19-99. I was very pleased with my buy.
Based on Thomas Harris’s novel and directed by Jonathon Demme is a thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat and definitely not reaching for the popcorn. We are presented with a film, no matter how scary, that shows the strange relationship between a trainee FBI agent and a cannibal in the quest of catching a somewhat disturbing man before he strikes and kills again. Jodie Foster plays Clarice Starling. She is a strong powerful woman on the outside fighting to be recognised as an equal to her fellow male students. But on the inside she is full of pain over her father’s death.
When Buffalo Bill, a man confused with his identity to the extent he skins women to make his own female costume from real skin, skins his fifth victim Clarice is sent to Dr Hannibal Lector in the hope he will be able to help to identify Buffalo Bills true identity before he strikes again. When the FBI release that Buffalo Bill has taken Catherine Martin, the senators daughter, the FBI have three days to find her. From here Clarice and Hannibal’s relationship grows with give and take. Hannibal gives information in return for information about Clarice’s private life. Clarice being completely aware of Hannibal being a cannibal is initially very cautious of him but in time their relationship grows and they have some kind of mutual respect for each other. So when Hannibal escapes Clarice isn’t scared, as she knows that Hannibal would consider it rude to come and kill her. Most people will probably recognise the film by the presence of death moths on every picture you se
e concerning it. This is very cleverly significant to the idea of changing identities seen constantly throughout the film.
The plot doesn’t seem that appealing until you actually watch the film. Quite often the actors speak into the camera, in fact they are speaking to you as you are in effect in Clarice’s head. The story is told from her prospectus, which adds an extra dimension to the film. The relationship between Hannibal and Clarice is inspiring and almost seems untrue. There is really only one bloody scene when we get to see Hannibal in action and it is plenty to see how dangerous he can be when we are lead to believe this maybe isn’t they case, as he seems almost placid with Clarice! Throughout the whole film I felt tense and it definitely served it’s purpose as a thriller. The music, composed by Howard Shore was particularly effective in creating a tense atmosphere.
The 18 rating for the film is definitely suitable. Swearing isn’t that prominent however, the violence and theme, which included Cannibalism and confused identity, was definitely worthy of an 18. I’d go as far as saying this film is slightly mind altering, as it’s so terrifying. The acting is truly marvellous and to think that people like Buffalo Bill have actually existed in history is disturbing. The significance of the title becomes apparent during the chats between Clarice and Hannibal and enhances the relationship between them If you have a strong nerve and enjoy a magnificent storyline and marvellous acting then I strongly suggest that you watch this film!