Hannibal (2001)

Hannibal (2001)
Running Time: 131 minutes

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta

Hannibal is the second installment of the Hannibal series, and it follows up 8 years after the incidents in Silence of the Lambs. Special Agent Clarice Starling (Moore) is recently involved in a shootout during an arrest and is criticized for putting the public in danger during the shootout. Still haunted by Dr Lecter (Hopkins), Clarice continues to search for Hannibal, and goes into overdrive mode when billionaire Mason Verger (Oldman), a victim of Hannibal’s offers some information about Lecter’s whereabouts. Meanwhile, Hannibal who is currently resides in Florence, Italy is restless from his retirement and is ready to return to his old life. Will Clarice catch Hannibal this time around?

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

By far this is the most gruesome Hannibal by far, and under Ridley Scott’s direction, there was an added fear and menace to the storyline and the mood of the film. Julianne Moore, though did well as Clarice Starling, I still missed Jodie Foster’s portrayal of the character. Anthony Hopkins brought a whole new level of terror with his character, as he led the agents and Verger’s men on a merry chase. Though I appreciate Scott’s other films, I find myself not as impressed with his direction in this film. I’m not saying that he did bad with it, it’s just… there was a lack of sophistication to it as the other films, there was more Hollywood franchise feel to it.

All in all, it was a decent film, gruesome and scary and definitely a  must-see for Hannibal fans. Just don’t expect it to be exactly the same as Silence of the Lambs.

Rating: 6 ½
out of 10


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