Mischa and Hannibal, baby brother and sister, are inseparable; it is their love for each other that ties their bond. Their companionship is forever binding, until, with their family, while hiding from the Nazi war machine a twisted set of circumstance sets the pace for a most vicious attack on the future of one Hannibal Lecter for the sworn vengeance for the brutal killing of his baby sister. Years later, we find Hannibal, the teenager, setting up in Paris, and living with his aunt Lady Murasaki Shikibu and studying at medical school here he finds his forte. Still searching for his sister's murderers, still bitter and still ever hopeful of satisfying his desire for retribution. This chance arrives, and soon we are to learn that for a pound of flesh lost a pound of flesh must be repaid. This is the horrific tale of justice and honor, a young man's growing pains that will have the guilty paying with more than just flesh and bone. This is the up and rising tale of the young Hannibal, ... Written by
When Hannibal makes his first kill, you see in a far off shot that he walks several steps from his victim. In the next shot, he spins and chops off the guys head and is suddenly relatively close to the victim. See more »
A dreadful, dreadful movie. It is as bad as the first in the 'franchise' (The Silence of the Lambs) was good. There's nothing to recommend it.
The general idea is to attempt to explain the Hopkins-Lecter pathologies and tropes. Well pathology, yes, but tropes..? Iconic costuming, props and symbols are reproduced in this film simply for the sake of brand continuity.
The acting's rubbish. Gaspard Ulliel grins menacingly but there's nothing going on behind the eyes - worse still is his laughable aunt-cum-lover (!) Gong Li (a shame that - she is much a much loved celebrity of Chinese cinema). Even Rhys Ifans can do nothing to save the thing, half-heartedly chewing the scenery when he's not chewing someone else in the cast. The script is bland, as is - amazingly -the 'gore'.
The only reason I stayed to the end was to see what happened to a gang of boys who infiltrated our auditorium to avoid the 18 certificate. Even they got bored and left after ten minutes. Good move 1/10
18 of 30 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?