- Brett Ratner
- Reviewed by
- José Ruiloba a.k.a. Morris
- Review date
- Wednesday, November 13, 2002
Detective William Graham (Edward Norton) is called back (by ex-colleague Harvey Keitel) to help in a case against a serial killer (Ralph Fiennes) going after happy families. He once captured Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) and now must face his past to seek help from him. A cat-and-mouse game ensues, as the killer is now after his probable next victim (Emily Watson).
For me, Red Dragon stands as the second best of the trilogy. Not to say I didn’t like Hannibal (2001), because I did, very much. But Red Dragon feels much more like The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Not only is the plot similar in many ways, but the overall creepy factor is present in the same manner.
It’s always great to see a movie with Hannibal though. Hopkins is back here in full form. His Hannibal is simply a work of art. His scenes are easily the best of the movie, especially when he’s confronted with Edward Norton. What sharp, witty dialogue, I love it!
Also having a great deal of amazing scenes are Ralph Fiennes and Emily Watson, whose relationship is actually beautiful and touching, although sick in more ways than one. These two create genuine chemistry and even though Ralph’s character goes a little over-the-top towards the end I liked what I saw.
Overall the movie is solid. It’s kind of by-the-numbers, but builds suspense and simply works. Ratner did a good job.
The movie is very well acted. The standouts are, as I mentioned before, Hopkins, Fiennes and Watson. But overall the ensemble fits well together.
Remake of Manhunter (1986)
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