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Anthony Hopkins reprises his Oscar-winning†† role as the infamous Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the thrilling prequel critics are hailing as “A Suspenseful Masterpiece” (FOX-TV)! After capturing Dr. Lecter, FBI agent Will Graham (Edward Norton) retires – only to be called back to active duty to hunt down an elusive killer, “The Tooth Fairy” (Ralph Fiennes). Red Dragon is the electrifying, critically acclaimed movie that “returns the series to The Silence of the Lambs form” (Jack Mathews, New York Daily News).
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If you haven't read the book you will likely enjoy it and just see it as an inferior Silence of the Lambs. It's okay as a thriller, doesn't go nearly as far as it could, but it's fine. Relatively good cast (if you can stand Norton; I can't) and it's worth it just too see Hopkins as Hannibal again.
Worth a rental maybe, but I personally won't be adding this to my collection.
A grisly series of murders suddenly strikes two cities in the Deep South – Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia. In each case, an unknown intruder has broken into homes in the middle of the night and has viciously slain everyone there. He tortures, mutilates, and kills each family member, using mirrors as part of his killing ritual. He strikes on the night of the full moon.
Former FBI profiler Will Graham (Norton) very reluctantly agrees to come out of medical retirement to help solve the case, before the next full moon. Previously, Graham had caught the infamous Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins, reprising his role from “The Silence of the Lambs”) and had almost been killed by the homicidal psychiatrist. He asks Lecter, who is confined to a state institution for the criminally insane, to help him identify the serial killer. Lecter agrees, but only to further his own sadistically deranged agenda…
Meanwhile, the killer continues planning his next crime. He has already identified his next victims from photos he has seen of them. But he puts his plans on hold – at least for a while – when he is attracted by Reba McClane (Watson), a blind young woman who works in the same place he does…
I had previously watched “Manhunter” and thought it was very good. However, “Red Dragon” takes Thomas Harris’s novel to new, even scarier levels of horror thriller. Anthony Hopkins puts Hannibal Lecter’s cunning malevolence on full display here, and Edward Norton is very effective as Will Graham. Ralph Fiennes was very chilling in his role as the pitiable, grotesque, and frightening “Tooth Fairy” serial killer.
Although perhaps not quite as good as the later “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Red Dragon” is nevertheless an excellent film that effectively combines elements of a crime procedural, a thriller, and a horror movie. Every time I watch it, I can count on a sleepless night afterward…
The plot and writing are spot on, and you can tell that all the actors devote as much as possible to the roles. Edward Norton is wonderful as Will Graham, and it's always a ball seeing Anthony Hopkins play Hannibal.
I totally recommend this movie, and afterwards you've got to check out the show Hannibal. It's got Hugh Dancy as Will Graham and Mads Mikkelson as Hannibal, and it explores their relationship leading up to and during the events of Red Dragon.
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