Saturday, September 3, 2011

Red Dragon

Continuing on my slow journey of Hannibal Lecter films....
Red Dragon- 2002, Directed by Brett Ratner, starring Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson, Mary-Louise Parker, Miles from LOST, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman

He says-  Needless remake of Manhunter, based on Thomas Harris' novel.  FBI agent (Norton) captures Hannibal Lecter, then is forced to consult with the carnivorous inmate as he tries to find a crafty serial killer.  Slick production, with an exceptionally good cast, can't disguise a potboiler script that's all too obvious.  (Gee, do you think the bad guy will go after Norton's family?)  Screenplay by Ted Tally, who also adapted The Silence of the Lambs.  Frank Whaley and Mary Beth Hurt appear unbilled; Ellen Burstyn's voice is uncredited.  2 stars

I say-  This was kind of a weird movie.  Anthony Hopkins was not in the film for much of it, and the script was obvious.  It felt more true to Silence of the Lambs than Hannibal did; however, in the few scenes that Lecter is in, he feels much more cartoony than he did in the other films.  Still some good sequences.  2 stars

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