Hannibal (2001) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Hannibal (2001)

Hannibal (2001)

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  • Release Date:  2001
  • Genre:  Cannibal, Crime & Giallo
  • Director:  Ridley Scott
  • Screenwriter:  David Mamet, Steven Zaillian, Thomas Harris
  • Cast & Crew: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta, Frankie Faison, Giancarlo Giannini, Francesca Neri, Zeljko Ivanek, Hazelle Goodman, David Andrews, Francis Guinan, James Opher, Enrico Lo Verso, and Fabrizio Gifuni.

Hannibal (2001) Rating:

  • Raoul = 8.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.8/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 6.2/10.

Hannibal (2001) Synopsis:

Years after escaping from his high-security prison, Dr. Hannibal Lecter reappears in Florence, Italy, to be at the center of a complex revenge story.

Hannibal (2001) Review:

Directing the sequel of a perfect film such as Silence of the Lamb is surely not an easy task, but when you entrust someone as skilled as Ridley Scott to do it, things can only turn up good!

Hannibal is different from the first film in that Dr. Lecter is here at the center of the story, and you get to learn a great lot about him, as well as discover his methods, his personality, etc. Some will complain that it removes the killer’s mysterious aspect, which it does to a small extent, but overall I think the essence of this evil killer is well captured here. The film is a very subtle dance between Lecter and a trio of bitter pursuers, including Agent Starling from Silence of the Lamb, a really ugly survivor of Lecter’s attack, and a greedy corp.

The chance of actress from Jody Foster to Julianne Moore to play Agent Starling is regrettable. Despite Moore great performance, I found the relationship between her and Lecter to be disappointing. The character of Starling was too much of the “strong woman” stereotype, lacking the weakness that made Foster’s character so fascinating.

For most people, the most memorable moment of this film is indeed the final scene, where Lecter feeds his own brain to the corrupt cop. But let’s not forget that the all movie is a wonderful crime story, filled with very clever ideas and subtle scenes such as the hand cream’s study, the pursuit by following the sound, the fingering avoidance, etc.

If Silence of the Lamb was the appetizer, Hannibal is the main course in the story of Hannibal Lecter and, with its very long and multilayered scenario, does not disappoint.

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