Sunday, May 27, 2007

Don't Do It: Hannibal Rising

I just saw a commercial for "Hannibal Rising", coming out on DVD soon. I wanted to take a minute to strongly recommend to anyone who is a fan of "The Silence of the Lambs" and/or the sequel/prequel, do not see this film. I loved "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Red Dragon" and thought "Hannibal" was interesting for the first half but terrible for the second half. "Hannibal Rising" does no justice to the saga at all, and especially not to the character of Hannibal Lecter himeslf. His M.O. as a cunning killer is reduced to a careless and petty drive for revenge. I have tried since seeing this pretty subpar and generally poorly done film to disassociate it in my mind from the other films, even "Hannibal", of which I was not a huge fan. Just a warning! There is plently of better stuff out there. For anyone who has not yet seen "The Silence of the Lambs", it is in my opinion the best serial killer film ever made (beating out "Seven").

For the record:
The Silence of the Lambs: A
Hannibal: C
Red Dragon: A
Hannibal Rising: C- (stay away!)

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