Serial killer Hannibal Lecter my have been imprisoned but he is by no means done. In this thrilling sequel Hannibal’s only surviving victim uses FBI agent Clarice Starling to try and draw Lecter out. Returning to America, Lecter reaches out to Starling as he tries to evade his vengeful victim.
Anthony Hopkins (Lecter), Julianne Moore (Starling), Gary Oldman (Verger), Ray Liotta (Paul Krendler), Frankie Faison (Barney), Giancarlo Giannini (Pazzi), Francesca Neri (Allegra), Francis Guinan (Noonan), Zeljko Ivanek (Doemling).
Hannibal makes some effort at connecting with the previous film before setting out in a new direction. The story takes some time to get running, building the plot and tension, but once it gets going things move along pretty well. Where some films have highs and lows, Hannibal does a nice job of steadily building tension. The dark tone helps keep things serious and hold attention until the end which is a horror spectacular.
Acting was pretty good with Hopkins doing a nice job reprising his role as Lecter, one which fits him perfectly. Moore was an interesting choice and although she does okay, she is no Jodie Foster. Liotta was another fine addition and brought an unusual aspect to the film, as did Oldman.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done and consistent with previous films, though color was much darker. Effects were very well done, supporting the film and the plot nicely. Effects toward the end were particularly enjoyable. Dialogue, sound, and soundtrack were good and technical quality overall was nice.
Overall Hannibal is a nicely done sequel that compliments the franchise. Fans of the series, psychological thrillers, or crime thrillers will enjoy this the most while those disliking gore should probably avoid this one.
With violence, gruesome scenes, nudity and foul language save this for the oldest teens and above.
Hannibal is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 5 out of 5
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