|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Giancarlo Giannini, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Margolis, Gian, Zeljko Ivanek, Frankie R. Faison, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta, Francesca Neri, Francis Guinan, Julianne Moore|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||100 Top Thrillers|
|Run time:||2 hours 6 minutes|
|Rental release:||07 Jul 2003|
|Subtitles:||Dutch, English, Hindi|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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More interesting when he was behind barsBy Northernsky (318 reviews) from Halifax , 08 Jun 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]The main fault of this film and its not really the films fault at all, is the book it was sourced from.
Hannibal was a book too in love with its main protagonist, so much so it had the heroine, the intelligent and principled Clarice Starling run off with him. Thankfully the film dumps this preposterous premise. Unfortunately it cannot avoid over eulogising Dr Lector and surprisingly has just not strong enough a character to carry a film on his own.
This is primarily down to Anthony Hopkins portrayal. His camp pantomime approach strips him of his icy charisma. Compared to Brian Coxs steely sarcastic cameo in the superb Manhunter this is cartoon villainy. He wanders round Florence looking like Henry Blofeld and exuding all the danger of the plumy voiced commentator.
Julianne Moore is an excellent actress but doesnt sit right as the driven Clarice and Gary Oldhams Mason Verger looks like a half melted waxwork of Skeletor.
The plots too silly to convince, again the fault of the book, and it finally ends with an attitude that says Lector is a bit of a rogue who just happens to horribly murder and occasionally eat people. The rascal.
It seems even the talented Ridley Scott could not make anything worthwhile with this risible material. The sooner Lector is behind bars again the better. He was far more interesting then.
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It sits right in the middleBy gianino (648 reviews) from London , 28 Dec 2012Silence of the lambs was a masterpiece and this sequel is good but not comparable. However, Hopkins, Giannini and Moore were remarkable but Ridley Scott could have done a better job to be honest. There is something missing but it is still better than Red Dragon. Piece of advice if you have never seen them, watch them in order.
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Hannibal FilmsBy a customer , 07 Mar 2012Love the Hannibal movies, very clever and i strongly recommend watching all of them. My favourite by far was this one. Red dragon is a close second
Hopkins ... as good as everBy a customer , 01 Dec 2011I've now seen all the Hannibal Lecter films and this one, in my view, is as good as they get. Perhaps, I would go even further by saying that I enjoyed this one in a different way in that Hannibal was on the loose, and not just giving advice and clues from a secure prison cell.
If I was asked which, out of Hannibal, Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs was the one I favoured most, I couldn't honestly select one as all three give fair viewing.
Anthony Hopkins gels well with Julianne Moore and both give good performances. The film opens in Florence giving a rather charming backdrop to what proves to be yet another gruesome Hannibal murder ... but Hannibal soon returns to the States in hot persuit of his favoured FBI agent Clarice Starling and the fun starts there.
A respectable storyline with a decent ending makes a good film. Therefore, recommended but not for the fainthearted.
not the bestBy chasckd (575 reviews) from Telford , 26 Sep 2011this is good but it is the least impresive of the three hannibal lector movies think it neede jodie foster
Really Enjoyed ItBy Carrier112 (4 reviews) from Liverpool , 09 Sep 2011A follow on from Silence of the Lambs, Not quite as good, but very much enjoyable still, this follows Dr Lecter after he has escaped, and Anthony Hopkins continues to play role exceptionally, definitely a high point of the film.
We also see the relationship between Starling and Lecter develop interestingly with constant mind games between the two.
-> Wouldn't really say it's a horror film, more of a Drama/Thriller with a tad bit of 'gore'.