There is an eerie atmosphere you get when you watch this film. The characters are complex, which make them intriguing to watch and at some points i find myself understanding and rooting for them. The cinematography is masterfully done in a setting that is rare to find in movies.
This 80’s Michael Mann film is dated by use the music but makes art out of a procedural, psychological, horror film.The tension between the low key acting and the editing of beautifully framed and composed images make this film work. Mann's visceral shooting goes high, low, close-up and long. It zips along and then slows down to let the psychology sink in. Noonan, Peterson are riveting. Cox and Farina are perfect.
3-3.5. Works better as individual parts more than a whole. There's a thematic divide between the meat of the killer's story (seeing) and Will's (escaping a psychological space) and so much of Will's story (though tightly plotted) is only barely connected to Francis. Francis' story is where the movie fires on all cylinders, echoing films like Peeping Tom as a treatise on 'the look' in horror.
Michael Mann's predecessor to (the all too well known) "Silence of the Lambs" has a surprising amount of creative verve for a film that wasn't deemed with the same canonized reaction that Jonathan Demme's picture had back in 91. That said this hidden gem (while nothing like Demme's) is a quiet triumph for fans of the Hannibal trilogy and film goers alike. Mann's minimalistic masterpiece is a decadent surprise treat.
I wasn't aware that Michael Mann had been promoted to "master American filmmaker." I didn't vote for him! This reminded me of early 80's TV. I don't think the products of that era have aged well and neither has this. There is one plus: as far as I can recall, there is no montage.
Excellent plot, always makes you wonder what will come next. Ending in a victory and a happy ending with Wills family. Mystery/ crime movies like this one you definitely know who the protagonist and antagonist are from the start. Love how all the pieces fall right in place at the end. You find out who the killer is, where he is, and saves the girl all in the same swoop. This was one interesting film.
Manhunter was an excellent narrative of a man trying to track down a psychotic serial killer. The film was well made with great cinematography (including peaceful lakeside views as well as dark surreal, nightmarish dwellings.) The real flair of the film was the choice of soundtrack and how it's unlikely style gave the film quite a spin from the ordinary and provided extra entertainment.
This is still an amazing movie. While its not as good as the other movies about Hannibal Lector it is still a great movie. This movie does suffer from some 80s cheesiness like the soft rock song at the ending it still worth watching. Brian Cox does a good job as the serial killer Hannibal, but he doesnt compare to Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie.
Esta película superó todas mis expectativas. Un thriller formidable y estilizado que apuesta a la investigación de los inquietantes crímenes sin necesidad de mostrarlos directamente. Todo el pasaje que revela el lado humano y compasivo de Dollarhyde, le da una fuerza y complejidad enormes. Me atrevería a decir que es tan buena como The Silence of the Lambs.
A stylish, economical tribute to Thomas Harris' complex and sensitive world, erred by Michael Mann's bouts of machismo. Moments of saturation created visceral depth...those mirrored eyes. But the climax is ridiculously stunted (in editing and story; like Will Graham needlessly gets two cops killed because he needs to jump through a window instead of shooting his gun). Noonan and Allen play it well.