Hannibal (2001)

Break The Silence

Original Title : Hannibal
Director : Ridley Scott
Writer : Thomas Harris
David Mamet
Steven Zaillian
Genre : Horror
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Dino De Laurentiis , Branko Lustig , Terry Needham , Martha Schumacher , Ridley Scott , Lucio Trentini
Music : Klaus Badelt
Patrick Cassidy (II)
Steve Jablonsky
James O'Leary (III)
Mel Wesson
Geoff Zanelli
Hans Zimmer
Photography : John Mathieson
Distributor : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) [us]
MPAA Rating : Rated R for strong gruesome violence, some nudity and language.
IMDB ID : 0212985
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Anthony Hopkins Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Julianne Moore Agent Clarice Starling
Giancarlo Giannini Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi
Gary Oldman Mason Verger
Ray Liotta Paul Krendler
Frankie Faison Barney Matthews (as Frankie R. Faison
Francesca Neri Allegra Pazzi
Francesca Neri Allegra Pazzi


After having successfully eluded the authorities for years, Hannibal peacefully lives in Italy in disguise as an art scholar. Trouble strikes again when he is discovered leaving a deserving few dead in the process. He returns back to his homeland of America to once again make contact with now disgraced Agent Clarice Starling who is suffering the wrath of a malicious FBI official/rival as well as the media. Meanwhile, Hannibal must survive the advances by a disfigured and vengeful victim he first came in contact with years ago as a patient. He also finds himself being tracked down by the authorities as well as vengeful people who are relatives of the deceased victims of Hannibal.


You'll say Jodie who? as your take your first bite of Hannibal While hard to compare to its predecessor (Silence of the Lambs was a true masterpiece) the reintroduction of Hannibal Lecter, M.D. has truly been worth the 10 year wait. The film strikes a very different tone from the outset, and this is down largely to director Ridley Scott. He and Sir Anthony Hopkins are having fun with this character and Hannibal (film and character) is very funny, albeit with a dark slightly twisted sense of humour. Hannibal is, essentially, the hero here and you like him and route for him to the end (which is quite different from the book.) I will not go into plot as most people have probably read the book and saying more could only work to spoil the enjoyment so I will now just tackle the actors and production. Needless to say the film looks spectacular. The Florentine sets are breathtaking, but what else would you expect from the director of Blade Runner, Gladiator and Thelma &, Louise - we know Ridley Scott can deliver the visuals. As for the actors, Hopkins delivers the goods as we have come to expect from him. But here he is having a blast with a character he clearly enjoys inhabiting and he is rarely more powerful and commanding a presence than he is in this film and Lambs. An unrecognisable Gary Oldman (and uncredited it the opening titles and on posters) holds his own as subvillain Mason Verger, Lecter's only surviving victim and the flashback of his mutilation is well handled. The film does provide plenty of gory surprises. As for the key question, what of Julianne Moore? We all know how good an actress she is (Magnolia, Short Cuts, Boogie Nights) but can she fill Jodie Foster's Oscar winning shoes? The answer is yes! You will not give Foster a second thought in this film as Moore is Clarice Starling from the moment she appears. She is not trying to be Jodie Foster, she IS Clarice Starling. Hannibal is more a cat and mouse chase than the one-to-one Silence of the Lambs and it is difficult to imagine Foster playing this side of the character. That is the key, showing a different side to the character gives Moore something to work with more substantial than just being Jodie Foster. Personally I love both actresses but I wouldn't want Foster in this role (having seen it) if you paid me. This is Moore's part and she equips herself well. See this film, marvel and then see it again. It may not quite be the masterpiece of Silence of the Lambs but it's close and it's a lot more entertaining. You'll laugh, you'll sit on the edge of your seat, you'll say "now that's just plain sick!" Enjoy!
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