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Review of Red Dragon (2002)

This film simply has no right to be as good as it is. It's a prequel to "The Silence Of The Lambs", something that could arguably be seen as redundant, filmed only a year after the ill-advised disaster that was "Hannibal". Not only this, but an adaptation of the novel called "Manhunter" had already been filmed by Michael Mann in 1986, the first on-screen appearance of Hannibal Lector. But, despite all of this, the efforts of a superb cast, a talented director and writer, combined to make this an effective horror/thriller hybrid, that caps off the Hannibal trilogy quite nicely.

Thankfully, the film places Lector in the context in which he is most frightening once again, rather than him being the focal point of the entire film. Meanwhile, Edward Norton is inherently likeable as our main character, a gifted FBI agent with a knack for prying into the minds of killers. Most memorable however, is Ralph Fiennes as "The Tooth Fairy". Fiennes brings a strong emotional undercurrent and incredible depth to his role as a mentally unstable killer.

The film isn't quite as forward with it's horror elements as the previous two were, but there's still plenty of disturbing moments. And like the original, emphasis on the psychological terrors of it's characters and Lector's mind-games lend it strength. It can sometimes feel a bit to similar to the first film in the trilogy, but luckily the characters are distinct enough to stand on their own, and there's several scenes of nail-biting tension to keep viewer's on their toes. This is simply an efficient, superbly acted ending to the trilogy, and well worth the time of horror and thriller viewers alike.


My Rating:ย  8/10

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Added by Beanie
1 month ago on 8 April 2021 13:20