Will Graham is an FBI agent who brought down Hannibal Lecter. After retiring from the Bureau, he moves to Florida. Then a grisly murderer, “The Tooth Fairy,” starts killing entire families, covering the victims’ eyes with bits of shattered mirror, and Graham is asked to return to duty to find him.
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Fun serial killer investigation that could've easily done without Anthony Hopkins and his Lecter. Ralph Fiennes is particularly good in this, better than the film deserves. The first hour is taut and exciting, then it devolves into genre tropes, with the climax feeling forced and unnecessarily twisty. Still, fun Sunday afternoon film.
It just isn't "Manhunter." While a terrific cast is at play, the artistic conviction that characterized Mann's film is painfully absent. Ratner plays it safe, too safe; the only tense moments are ones that remind us of the original's greatness.
I've never been much of a Brett Ratner fan but this film really surprised me. With a stellar cast this is a first rate thriller even though it isn't close to the level of The Silence of the Lambs or Manhunter it's still pretty damn good.
This film reminds us all of a couple of things, namely that Brett Ratner is an over-rated, unskilled director. That Edward Norton is a boring, dull performer. But most importantly that Ralph Fiennes is a wonderful, talented artist who saved the entire film. His performance is haunting and gave many of his scenes the chilling energy they needed. Overall, not the best of the Hannibal series, but it had its moments.
It's close to be the best of the Hannibal series. 'Silence' was pretty good but has a lack of intensity.
'Hannibal' was correct but sometimes too pretentious and difficult to understand. This one was... awesome and dark as hell. Pretty intense ! Great performances !
It started like a promising prequel but then kind of moved to something completely different from Hannibal Lecter's story, feeling almost like a spin-off where the greatest killer ever is kept in the background of the plot. Ralph Fiennes' Francis Dolarhyde is scarier than Lord Voldemort and Emily Watson is incredible, though.
As a fan of Thomas Harris' books, I wish we could mix & match elements from this, "Manhunter" and Demme's "Silence of the Lambs". Norton is a fine actor but William Petersen is more appropriate for the role of Graham. Fiennes is better than Noonan at eliciting both terror and pity. And I always picture Scott Glenn when I think of Crawford.