Hannibal Rising answers some of the questions that came from the first film about Hannibal’s maturity into a disturbingly intelligent psychopath. From his childhood in Lithuania to adulthood we follow along as Hannibal learns to plot, kill, and even eat his prey.
Aaran Thomas (Hannibal 8yrs old), Gaspard Ulliel (Hannibal), Li Gong (Lady Murasaki), Helena-Lia Tachovska (Mischa Lecter), Richard Leaf (Dad), Dominic West (Popil), Rhys Ifans (Grutas), Richard Brake (Dortlich), Ingeborga Dapkunaite (Mom), Kevin McKidd (Kolnas), Ivan Marevich (Grentz).
Hannibal Rising starts off well enough and generates good interest from the beginning. From there the subtlety of the film takes over, building intrigue slowly but steadily as Hannibal matures. It was enjoyable that the film included some stumbles and bumbles considering the Hannibal we have come to love from other films is methodical, precise, and sure at all times wielding intricate plots for his amusement. Seeing another side to the killer brought a depth of reality to the film that could easily have been overlooked in favor of stronger drama.
Acting was good with Ulliel doing very nicely throughout the film. Gong was an interesting diversion but added missing depth to Hannibal’s character and the film. Ifans, Brake, McKidd and Marevich did nicely as antagonists, as did West in a roundabout way.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were solid if somewhat simplistic, but all supported the film nicely. Effects were fairly well done with a realistic feel. Dialogue was well done and move the plot along at a good pace. Sound and soundtrack were quite fitting.
Overall Hannibal Rising is a nice addition to the franchise and does a decent job of rounding out Hannibal in a new direction. Fans of the first two films will likely enjoy this quite a bit despite Hannibal being less practiced and as a result, there being less gore.
With some violence, gore, foul language, and sexuality this should be fine for older teens and above.
Hannibal Rising is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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