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Red Dragon (2002)

  Directed by: Brett Ratner
Written by: Thomas Harris
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, Harvey Keitel, Edward Norton, Emily Watson
Links: Red Dragon on the IMDb, Official site, Buy the Soundtrack, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Book
Genre: Suspense/Horror/Thriller

This movie gets: 8.50 (2 ratings)
nofreelist.com Ranking: Ranked equal 35th of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

"Thriller that's worth biting into" - a review by pearly

Judging by the impressive cast list (Edward Norton, who can do no wrong; Philip Seymour Hoffman, who is just so good at what he does) it was really difficult not to get my hopes up about this film. One of two things was possible. One - it could be great. Two - it could tank, like Hannibal (2001) did. I am so happy to say that the former is the reality.

Red Dragon is a corker of a film, and totally makes up for the fact that Hannibal was such a huge disappointment after the masterpiece of The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

Anthony Hopkins is back as Lecter, which is a huge relief, because the film would have been terrible without him. And, thankfully, they haven't gone overboard trying to make him look younger (as this film is based before the other two) - he worked out a bit, but they haven't bothered with overloaded makeup which would have just taken away from his performance. Anyone who gets picky about that is just focusing on the wrong thing.

And, there's Norton as Will Graham, the FBI guy who originally caught Lecter; Hoffman as the reporter who is constantly hounding Graham; Ralph Fiennes as the evil Dolarhyde, who wants to be just like Hannibal; and Emily Watson as the blind co-worker of Dolarhyde.

What's present is the suspense and the intrigue of Lambs. What's not present is the brain-eating scene and equivalent gratuitousness of Hannibal. The script is quite obviously superior to Hannibal, which makes such a big difference.

The focus is more on the psychological games between Lecter and the others - Lecter's relationship with Graham being kinda similar to his interactions with Clarice. There's lots of clever little bits which tie in with each other and leave a satisfying ball of neatness in my tummy when they loop around each other.

P.S. sorry about the title of my review.

pearly gives this movie 9 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 29 Oct 2002

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Number of reviews: 1
Number of ratings: 2
Average rating: 8.50
Lowest rating: 8 (by em_fiction)
Highest rating: 9 (by pearly)
 
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