Reviewed by: Sue Titcombe
|Featuring:||Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Giancarlo Giannini, Ray Liotta|
|Producer:||Dino De Laurentiis, Edward Saxon, Martha De Laurentiis, Ridley Scott|
Prequel: “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)
If you can’t handle gore, this is not the movie for you. There were several scenes that were very intense, incredibly violent and just plain gory.
Ten years after “The Silence of the Lambs” ends, we begin “Hannibal.” Clarice Starling is facing some difficulties in her career as an FBI agent when she is presented with new information on the Lecter case. Trying to redeem her reputation, she picks up the case again. She tracks Lecter down in Florence, Italy where he is living and working as the curator of a historic library. Lecter is also being tracked by one of his previous victims and the Florence Police. As the plot unfolds, Lecter’s curator image fades as his true personality comes through.
As one who believes murder is wrong, it was difficult to watch someone brutally killing others for the sake of teaching them a lesson, or doing the world a favor, as is discussed in the movie.
I was struck, however, by a conversation between Julianne Moore and Gary Oldman’s characters near the beginning of the movie. Gary Olman is Lecter’s only victim who has survived, but he is left without a face. He tells Clarice that he has found salvation and asks her if she knows Jesus, but she changes the subject. He says to her “It amazes me that you can look into my face, but you wince when I say the name of God.” I was impressed to hear of his salvation from a sordid past, but disappointed to see the same character living his whole life to seek revenge against the one who hurt him, rather than forgiving and leaving the matter in God’s hands.
Again, don’t see this movie if you have a weak stomach. Viewers will be disturbed by this film. We do not recommend this movie.