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
There is a law that states that with every sequel to a film that is made, the quality of the sequel will deteriorate exponentially. This law seems to apply embarrassingly well to Hannibal Rising (HR).
Where Silense of The Lambs had a tremendous build up of suspense, HR is completely flat, plodding and repetitive. Furthermore, since it is a prequel, we already know that young Hannibal will survive his childhood unharmed, sophisticated and crafted in the art of human cuisine. So in every scene where he is in danger, one can just slide back in his chair waiting for the next pointless scene.
Where we had compelling characters in SoTL, HR gives us cardboard cutouts. And although we can see that Gaspard Ulliel studied the performance of Hopkins, his portrayal of Hannibal is just a embarrassing two-dimensional caricature. Amazing btw, that a tall, long-faced man can become a small, round-faced man in his later years. Talk about a complete miscast.
The story of HR is as far as I'm concerned plain bull, boring, unoriginal and it ruins the myth of Lector. Wooden dialog is not known to help mediocre stories but the producers must have thought otherwise. Actually, the whole script is plot driven which means it only reflects the content of the scenes while lacking any depth. Too bad there wasn't much of a plot to begin with.
Didn't we already have a prequel to the original classic and wasn't this movie in fact the first to be released? I strongly recommend skipping this movie because all you'll see is another rehash of something already rehashed to death. And even standing on it's own, it is just a very,very poor movie in frankly every aspect.
Alas poor Frenchise, I knew it Horatio...
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