The silence has been broken…Anthony Hopkins returns as pure “perverse perfection,” and Julianne Moore “emerges triumphant” (Rolling Stone) in this “audacious” (Us Weekly) and “thrilling” (Time) follow-up to the Oscar®-Winning The Silence of the Lambs* . “A rare sequel that rises above the original” (Joel Siegel, Good Morning America), Hannibal is terrifying, suspenseful and filled with visual shocks you’ve got to see to believe!
Ten years have passed since FBI agent Clarice Starling faced the ingenious Dr. Hannibal Lecter…ten years of watching, wondering and waiting. But now the wait is over. The sophisticated killer re-emerges in Florence, Italy, ready to entice Clarice into their old game of cat and mouse. Yet she isn’t the only one interested in capturing him. Another mind with a dubious motive – ravenous vengeance – also wishes to stake his claim to the enigma that is Hannibal. But of these three brilliant minds, whose cunning will prevail? Only one thing is certain. Hannibal is “as compelling a film as you will ever see” (Joel Siegel, Good Morning America)!
*1991: Best Picture, Actor (Hopkins), Actress (Jodie Foster), Directing, Adapted Screenplay
**Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott
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The weight-watchers script sensibly dispenses with several characters to serve a brew that's enjoyably spicy but low on substance.
Hopkins, who is electrifying in almost anything he does, reprises the mastery he brought to Silence of the Lambs. Even in a movie as patchworky as this, he's always compelling.
It is not bad on its own terms, and it is certainly engrossing, but it comes nowhere near the power and sordid glory of the original.
Isn't in the same class as the original, but as sequels go, it's no Porky's 2, either.
Not as good as you hoped, better than you feared.
Silly though handsomely staged.