Writer: David Mamet, Steven Zaillian (Screenplay) Thomas Harris (Novel)
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Julianna Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta, Frankie Faison, Giancarlo Giannini, Francesca Neri, Zelijko Ivanek
Plot: Hannibal Lector (Hopkins) is still on the run, but Clarice (Moore) has risen up the ranks at the FBI. After a bust goes wrong Clarice is blamed and shamed. Mason Verger (Oldman) Lecter’s only surviving victim offers the FBI a lead and Clarice and Hannibal re-enter a cat and mouse game, this time that travels across the world.
Verdict: A good thriller
Story: Focusing on Hannibal’s new life as a free man and Clarice struggling to maintain the levels expected in her after stopping Buffalo Bill. We get to see a much more monstrous side to Lecter, with glimpse into his past. The story really flows on the support characters motives of greed, revenge, jealousy. I feel this story takes away a lot of what was created in the original, trying to make it more action packed rather than investigatory. (7/10)
Actor Review: Anthony Hopkins – Hannibal who is trying to have a new life where he can welcome in his culture which he lost during his time in prison. Still a haunting performance but really does not get near to the creepiness he achieved in the Silence of the Lambs. (8/10)
Actor Review: Julianne Moore – Clarice a disgraced FBI agent now, whose last chance it to finally return Hannibal prison. Replacing Jodie Foster Julianne struggles to reach the same levels in her performance. Miscasted Award (7/10)
Actor Review: Gary Oldman – Mason Verger out for revenge after Hannibal tricked him it to mutualising himself. Gary Oldman is unrecognisable in the role and even though his scenes are limited he is the highlight of the additional characters. Star Performance Award, Scene Stealer Award (8/10)
Director Review: Ridley Scott – Being one of the best directors in Hollywood he gives a good film but nothing to the same level of his abilities. (8/10)
Crime: Losing a lot of the crime value as it is more Hannibal being portrayed as a good guy who goes too far. (8/10)
Thriller: It has some very intense scenes once everything gets going. (9/10)
Special Effects: Some incredible special effects and that one scene that you will always remember. (9/10)
Believability: Loses some of what was created in the first as it turns into a rich man’s man hunt. (2/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Settings: Some very nice scenery used to show Hannibal’s more cultured side. (8/10)
Suggestion: I still would suggest this as I think Hannibal is one of the most iconic roles in screen history. It is not anywhere near the level of the first but with those two scenes that will shock you are a must see. (Watch)
Best Part: Hannibal prepares dinner.
Worst Part: No Jodie Foster.
Kill Of The Film: The Hogs.
Oscar Chances: No
Chances of Sequel: It is still open to a sequel, but has had prequel film and television show now.
Overall: High quality thriller which would be a good solo film but struggles against a masterpiece.