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Plot: Three years after retiring from the F.B.I. because of a nearly fatal encounter with Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins), who was helping him catch the "Chesapeake Ripper", only to reveal it was Hannibal, Will Graham (Edward Norton) is asked by his ex-partner Jack Crawford (Harvey Keitel) to… Runtime: 124 min Release Date: 04 Oct 2002
Excellent film, also an excellent adaption of the book. (by Bgb217)
Well I finally saw Red Dragon, and having the book be one of the best I've ever read, I was wary of seeing it. I never really cared for Manhunter, but boy did I get a surprise with this version, a version that actually cared enough about the original work to call it by that name, obviously Red Dragon. I also thought that they would change it around to put more of everybody's favorite cannibal in, which they really didn't. So he's in the beginning more, but that was what basically happened in flashback in the book, they only drew it out more in the movie. And the other scenes <more>
with Hannibal that were added helped to cover all the ground they needed to do with the story, and they worked perfectly. Let me explain. Who woulda thunk it that Ed Norton would be the perfect fit for Will Graham? I didn't, but he was. I think he's such an incredible actor, and he more than proves it here, bringing the character to a great and realistic life. Of course we need not say anything about Anthony Hopkins, who is more than the brillant fit for Hannibal Lector. But Ralph Fiennes as Dolarhyde? I thought that was a really bad choice-- I was proved wrong there again. He gives such a performance as the Tooth Fairy that I now believe he was perfect, and did perfect in, for the part. Emily Watson as Reba was also incredible, as was all the other supporters. The actual shots of the movie were incredible, and along with the rather brillaint script it worked perfectly. Of course some things were changed, but little things, and not much. And not a single changed thing took away from the original story, I am astounded at how good an adaption this turned out to be. And I usually am very unforgiving with film versions of great books . In conclusion, Red Dragon is a great film. Brilliant performances and an excellent adaption of a screenplay play out perfectly in this incredible film. Did the novel it's very deserved justice in my opinion. And the ending, the final part, of course it wasn't in the book, but that was incredible! Loved what they did there!
Outstanding. The Best Hannibal Lector Film YET! (by TheFilmConnoisseur)
****Excellent***Good**Fair*PoorDirector Brett Ratner shocked everyone by proving that he can handle a well crafted suspense thriller with a superb cast and crew. "Red Dragon" in my opinion is the best of the three Hannibal films four if you want to include Manhunter . The film doesn't include unnecessary violence and gore like Hannibal, but the well-developed suspense from Silence of the Lamb. This element of suspense over gore once more proves that it's the best formula for a Hannibal film. It worked great in Silence and in this film as well. Now, what allows this film to <more>
be superior from its predecessors is the Red Dragon himself. This is a well-developed and acted character. He is without doubt what makes this film the best. RATING: FOUR STARS
Returns to the Roots of the "Lambs"... (by MovieAddict2016)
Prequels are messy things. Sequels can be, too, but with a sequel, the filmmakers are creating new ground. In a prequel, the filmmakers are treading into pre-recorded territory, and if they're not careful, they can make the audience feel cheated. But with "Red Dragon," prequel to "Silence of the Lambs" and "Hannibal," the audience doesn't feel cheated at all. In fact, it is handled extremely well, and is not only a gripping thriller, but a superbly-performed one, also.It stars Edward Norton as forensic specialist Will Graham, the man responsible for <more>
putting Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter, as seen in "Silence of the Lambs," behind bars in the 1980s. The film fades in somewhere in the mid-1980s, where Graham starts to suspect that Hannibal may have something to do with the disappearance of a musician. Will confronts Hannibal, who stabs him in the gut and slowly rips open his stomach. Graham fights back, pushing an arrow from Hannibal's study/den through Hannibal's chest and shooting him some two or three times with a handgun. Hannibal is arrested and thrown in jail. Graham is left in critical condition.Flash-forward "a few years later" to Graham living somewhere in Florida with his wife Mary-Louise Parker and son. Graham still carries the scar from his last meeting with Hannibal, and it has forever reminded him of his job and just how careful he must be. But then comes along Jack Harvey Keitel , who asks Graham to take on a new case...There is a serial killer on the loose who attacks every full moon. He cuts his victims with shards of glass, then takes the glass and puts the pieces in their eye sockets. He also does some other things too grisly to mention in a family review. Graham, the best-of-the-best forensic specialist, agrees to take on the case, and becomes more intrigued by it and makes it his personal agenda to bring down the killer, known as "The Tooth Fairy," or the "Red Dragon" hence the title , who is played by Ralph Fiennes. But as the case becomes more misleading and confusing, Will finds himself seeking the advice of Hannibal the Cannibal on his particular case. And as Will faces his greatest fear, the clock ticks until the next strike by the Red Dragon.Fans will be pleased to know that Hannibal has lost none of his creepiness since "Silence of the Lambs." Fans will also be pleased to know that after the "Hannibal" flop, "Red Dragon" returns to the roots of the original. I thought that "Hannibal" was proof the series' creepiness had outstayed its welcome. Hannibal's persona only works once, apparently...well, if you think that, you're wrong. Because "Red Dragon" is equally as frightening as "Silence of the Lambs," if a bit more unrealistic at times. And it's also a bit more typical for its genre in some respects than "Silence...", but it's still very thrilling. In fact, the ending could be considered predictable, but it's not for two reasons. 1. Unlike other horror films where you just KNOW the killer's still alive, "Red Dragon" really makes you think the killer is dead, but the surprise is...can you guess?2. In most of the horror films out there, when the killer is supposedly dead, there is a moment of happiness and the film seems as though it is over, but you know there's just something wrong with the abrupt end to the thrills. It shows the family at home, extremely happy, until...the kid who went inside to get food hasn't returned. The parent goes in to look for him, and the answering machine clicks on. A cop at the station says, "He's not dead! Get outta the house!" Big surprise: The killer's upstairs with the kid, holding a knife to his throat.All this happens in "Red Dragon" one way or another, but you don't feel as cheated as you do watching other thrillers of the same kind. If anything, "Red Dragon" follows a lot of the typical horror/psychological thriller routines, but it's hard to notice. "Red Dragon" does jump through all the hoops of its kind, but if anything, it comes across fresh and thrilling, and this is all I ask for in a thriller.
This first serving of Hannibal may prove to be the best (by tinmra)
The movie going public is obviously well acquainted with the most famous serial killer, cannibal, in cinematic history, Hannibal Lecter. In 2002's 'RED DRAGON,' Hannibal is back with force and vengeance, thanks to the brilliant portrayal of Sir Anthony Hopkins and inspired writing of screenwriter Ted Tally. He's got some of the best lines in the business. 'RED DRAGON,' for the most part is a remake of Michael Mann's 1986 'Manhunter.' Obviously there isn't a lot of variation between the two since they are both adaptations of Thomas Harris' book <more>
'RED DRAGON.' But that is were the simularity ends. Sure, some scenes are structed the same, but to be fair this latest installment is closer and more true to the novel. For those that read the book or saw 'Manhunter,' it's no surprise that Hannibal had a rather small role. Ted Tally took some license and beefed up the character for some crucial scenes, adding a very interesting and inventive twist. From the onset, we see the capture of Hannibal by FBI Agent Will Graham, played flawlessly this time around by Edward Norton. We are also privy to a rather more intense Lecter, anger and resentment for being caught and put away. Hopkins doesn't need to do much to convey his distaste for Graham, the true talent of an excellent actor. Lecter is not over the top as many say he was in the third film 'HANNIBAL.' But this is really not a Lecter story. It is focused more on Graham and the new killer on the block, Francis Dolarhyde played to an eeriely perfection by Ralph Fiennes . One not of advisement, if 'The Silence Of The Lambs', or 'Hannibal,' gave you nightmares, you may not be prepared for 'Dragon.' It is absolutely brutal in it's visuals and psychological mind games. Dolarhyde, aka the 'Tooth Fairy' is a brutal serial killer who has killed two families and may be on the hunt for a third. It is this that brings Jack Crawford Harvey Keitel on the quest to seek out a retired Graham. Reluctantly, Graham decides to help with the investigation. Graham does possess a certain gift, he can think like the killer. But it does cause a dilemma. The one person that could really give our detective the insight he needs is the one man who tried to kill him, Lector. As Clarice in 'Silence' Graham must once again delve into Lecter's world of the asylum. Frederick Chilton is back as the head of the asylum, again played by Anthony Heald the 'old friend for dinner' guy . Heald is an absolute delight in a awkward sort of way. He's definetly a one off. Basically, he's not nearly as smart as he thinks he is. Possibly the most disturbing character of the film is played by Fiennes. He is essentially a sympathetic killer, and yet you really want to see this guy go down. Fiennes is stunning in this role and adds his own spark to the role. Emily Watson plays Fiennes uninformed love interest who happens to be blind, lucky for her. Philip Seymour Hoffman is the sleazy tabloid reporter who in time is destined to get his comupance. It is really unfortunate that the Academy Awards does not hand out status to ensemble casts. If they did, 'RED DRAGON,' would probably be the only nomination in the catagory. There hasn't been a cast like this in many years. There is an equal balance between the three main characters, Lecter, Graham, and Dolarhyde. Lecter was in it just enough to keep it constantly fresh and on edge. Dolarhyde takes it over the edge and Graham brings it subtly back. Brett Ratner as the director did an excellent job in setting the scenes, the creepy atmosphere, and letting the actors do what they do best. This film is a winner all the way around. If any thriller were put up against 'Silence,' this may be the one that could surpass it in regards to thrills, chills and just plain excellent storytelling. Though the 4 movies are destined to be lumped together, 'Manhunter,' 'The Silence Of The Lambs,' 'Hannibal,' and now 'The Red Dragon,' which is completely understandable, 'Dragon' stands on it's own. And does so extremely well. This movie is obviously not for everyone. There is graphic violence that is disturbing. Yet in this vehicle it is not overplayed as say, your average slasher movie. If you're going to plunk down your hard earned cash for a movie, 'Red Dragon,' is the one. It is a good solid interesting movie that never lets go. Once it's got you, it's got you. And that ride starts as the lights in the theater go down. There's not too many movies that can boast that.T. Mrazik
Better than "Hannibal", but not up with "Silence of the Lambs" (by Smells_Like_Cheese)
But it was pretty damn close. "Red Dragon" was a great movie to watch. I have to admit that I had my doubts. I heard some bad things about this movie from my friends. I had bought the movie for my mom, and she said just to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. "Red Dragon" goes back into the roots that "Silence of the Lambs" did. It had high action and drama. I was very impressed. And Anthony Hopkins does a great job as his most famous role as Hannibal Lector. I really have to say that I didn't stick to my friend's opinions. This was a great movie. I would <more>
recommend for the "Silence of the Lambs" fans.9/10
Another great film that slipped under the radar of most (by mattrochman)
This was a fantastic film, but it slipped under many people's radar for three reasons: 1 The critics said and rightly so that it is not as good as the Silence of the Lambs. However, I find it difficult to compare the films, largely because Will Graham Norton is completely different to Clarice Starling Foster . The different dimension they bring to the investigation is enough, by itself, to distinguish them beyond comparison.2 This was the third film in the series. The problem with the Hollywood pumping out an absurd number of sequels and prequels even when the original film was <more>
terrible to begin with is that it alters the public's attitude towards them. People are usually happy to see the "part 2" but beyond that, you're usually down to loyalists. In fact, this situation has been made worse due to the fact that many of the sequels made are shockingly bad eg, the American Pie sequels, the Highlander sequels . Some are so terrible that they can actually tarnish the memory of the original eg... Matrix Revolutions . So a third Hannibal film was always going to be an uphill battle. 3 This followed an awful sequel: Hannibal. People who thought Hannibal was terrible and there's no shortage of them are likely to turn their nose up at any further sequels or prequels. That's what Hollywood always overlooks - once you pump out one bad sequel eg, Ocean's Twelve 2004 , fewer people will even consider seeing the next sequel, unless it receives almost unanimous critical acclaim.I did not like Hannibal either and I think that many stars in Hollywood would have turned it down after reading the script. Jodie Foster, with the offer of reprising her academy awarding winning role, and Jon Demme director of Silence of the lambs walked away from the Hannibal after disagreements with author Harris over the character directions. Hopkins nearly left when Foster and Demme walked, but was persuaded to stay probably with a nice salary increase! . In any case, key elements were gone and in my view, they ultimately failed to attract a strong supporting cast. By contrast, I think many actors would have been falling over themselves to land one of the roles in Red Dragon after reading the script. Accordingly, we ended up with Hopkins reprising his academy award winning role to absolute perfection , Norton who is the rightful winner of the academy award for American History X in my view, even though the academy went to someone else that year , Harvey Keitel, Ralph Finnes and the brilliant, but under-rated, Phillip Seymore Hoffman. They combine to breath tremendous life into this investigative/thriller. And the opening 5 minutes is magnificent.However, I have two criticisms that cost it a star. First, it wasn't quite dark enough. Perhaps that masterpiece, the Silence of the Lambs, used up all the visceral attributes that were so pathetically contrived in Hannibal and present, but not powerfully present, in Red Dragon. There certainly was a dark edge, but it just didn't get under my skin the way Silence of the Lambs did if you'll forgive the pun . Second, I felt that there were a few off-shoots to the main plot that could have been worked around or seemed to play no real role in the film whatsoever. For example, the tense relationship between Norton and the reporter Hoffman , Finnes taking the blind girl to listen to the sedated tiger or lion or whatever it was , Norton teaching his wife to shoot ... and many others. Most of the time, I felt that they should have been left on the cutting room floor as they were of little interest, had little if any role in the context of the story and accordingly, unnecessarily bulked out the running time of the film.Otherwise, terrific viewing. Don't be dissuaded by Hannibal - this sequel achieves where that one so dismally failed.
Not as good as "SILENCE...", but better than "HANNIBAL". (by badguy-1)
Only having seen "Manhunter" once, years ago, and not remembering much about it, I won't attempt to compare that film to it's remake, "Red Dragon". I've also never read any of the Thomas Harris novels that they are based on, so I won't compare them to the books either. But I will compare it to the other, more recent films in the Hannibal Lecter series, "Silence of the Lambs" and "Hannibal".I think most would agree that, "Silence..." is a classic. It's one of those movies where everything came together beautifully. The <more>
director, the actors, the story, etc. It's to serial killer, suspense films as "The Godfather" is to mafia movies. I feel the only other movie of it's type to have even come close after "Silence of the Lambs"' release was "Se7en" with Morgan Freeman & Brad Pitt. So, it was with a lot of disappointment that I left the theater after seeing the long awaited sequel to "SOTL", "Hannibal". Jodie Foster didn't return to play the part of Clarice Starling, Jonathon Demme didn't direct, and worst of all, Sir Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter was almost cartoonish. On top of that, the film was just "ugly". It felt nastier and dirtier than it's predecessor. More concerned with gore and blood than telling a decent story.Well, I'm happy to report that "Red Dragon" has put the series back on track. This time around, Hopkins plays Hannibal, more as we first remember seeing him in "SOTL". meaning more subtlety and slyness and less of the scenery chewing and over-acting that went on in "Hannibal". Edward Norton is just fine as FBI agent, Will Graham, who puts Lecter behind bars and then comes out of retirement to help solve the case of "The Tooth Fairy". Ralph Fiennes gives a very creepy and effective performance as Francis Dolarhyde, so good is he IMHO, that I expect him to get an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor next year. It helps that his character is more fleshed out, pardon the pun, than Ted Levine's serial killer in "SOTL".The director, Brett Ratner, has done a fine job of ending, hopefully , this series on a high note. I say, hopefully, because as much as I enjoyed "SOTL" and now, "Red Dragon", one more trip to this well, will probably produce nothing but mud.The only thing that stands in the way of higher praise on my part, is that it's a sequel, er prequel, to a well loved and admired film. We've seen some of these characters and situations before. The meetings between Graham and Lecter are good, but they don't enthrall me the way they did between Starling and Lecter. All in all, a fine job on everyone's part. It may not be as groundbreaking as the original "SOTL", but it has helped to wash away the "bad taste", sorry, left behind by "Hannibal".
Good Re-Make Of 'Lecter Film' (by ccthemovieman-1)
This is a very good "remake" of Manhunter" which was the first Hannibal Lecter movie but didn't get the press the others did because it didn't have Anthony Hopkins as the famous criminal. After "Silence of the Lambs" became so popular, and the sequel, "Hannibal," it was decided to re-do that first film and this time obtain Hopkins' services.It worked because not only do you have the incomparable Hopkins at Dr. Lecter but you have one this generations best actors, Edward Norton, as the leading character "Will Graham." Norton, as always, <more>
gives a solid performance. And - look at the backup cast: Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, Harvey Keitel, Mary Louise Parker and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Not bad.This is one of those movies that gets better and better with each viewing. On my first look, I was disappointed Hopkins didn't have a bigger role but, after I knew what to expect, subsequent viewings made me appreciate the film's effort as a whole, and it's an underrated flick and a fine addition to the "Lecter" series.
Having seen the disappointing Hannibal, I was a bit reticent about seeing this. The original Manhunter film was simply on the edge and excellent, and another prequel could have gone either way.Prequels are the fashion of the moment aren't they?This was actually very good, and most enjoyable. Fiennes and Norton added much to the story, and were both absolutely excellent.Hopkins gave the performance you'd have expected from him in his role, and this was also notable for a fine performance as Fiennes' blind girlfriend of the bird that appeared in the ever-so-nauseating and vomit <more>
enducing Angela's Ashes [which gave a whole new meaning to stereotypical grim films].Don't be put off by Hannibal, definitely see this one.