Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Running Time: 118 minutes
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Ted Levine, Scott Glenn
Silence of the Lambs is based on the novel by Thomas Harris. The film starts with Clarice Starling (Foster), a student in the police academy who aspires to work in the Behavioural Sciences Department who is chaired by Special Agent John Crawford. Clarice finds herself one step closer to her dream job when she is called in by Agent Crawford to help in the latest investigation on a serial killer known by the press simply as Buffalo Bill (Levine). Her first task in the case is a meeting with the infamous Dr Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins). As Clarice dwells deeper into the investigation, she finds herself further into the mind of Dr Lecter.
There is a reason why this film is one of the classics of psychological thrillers, and after revisiting the film, I find myself more intrigued and impressed by it than I did the first time I saw the film. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins both gave a stellar performance as the vulnerable and naïve police trainee and an intelligent, manipulative and heartless psychopath respectively. I was taken away on a journey as the film progresses. Jonathan Demme’s trademark camera angles where audiences were shown the character’s perspectives as well as direct shot of the characters really brought out the intensity of the moments, and the emotions of the characters. The storyline was fantastic, it wasn’t too draggy or too fast-paced, hence everything vital for the plot was revealed and explained to the audience with time. I loved the intelligence in the storyline, instead of your usual police investigation. There weren’t a lot of typical characters which kept the story fresh and interesting.
Overall, this film is truly a classic, and it’s a must-see for all. But I must warn you, it’s not exactly a film for the faint hearted as there will be scenes of violence and gore.
Rating: 8 ½ out of 10