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Red Dragon 2002

  • Brett Ratner
  • September 29, 2002
  • 124 mins
  • English
  • Crime, Horror, Thriller
Before the Silence.
Former FBI agent Will Graham, who was once nearly killed by the savage Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter now has no choice but to face him again. It seems Lecter is the only one who can help Graham track down a new serial killer, Francis Dolarhyde -- but can he be trusted?


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Interesting and very bloody plot with some very disturbing scenes played by Lecter and Dolarhyde / The Toot Fairy. It doesn't get under your skin as much as "Silence of the Lambs" but I think it is a worthy prequel anyway!

Nice plot twist at the end when Dolarhyde isn't dead and goes after Graham for the 2nd time.

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2015-04-19 Red Dragon – Manhunter Edition

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A serviceable, but entirely forgettable thriller, but with a stellar cast like this and the obvious links to Silence of the Lambs, this should be so much better. Sadly this never rises above mediocrity. It is by-the-numbers filmmaking where ever nuance has to be explained, every plot point repeated and every callback to its progenitor is almost a knowing wink. The lack of subtlety extends to all the characters too, though the cast make it watchable enough. Surprisingly, Hopkins is not the best thing about it - he is practically hamming it up as Lecter here, who is more like a cartoonish villain than the truly creepy character from the Lambs film. It is Fiennes' relationship with Emily Watson's character that is the one key element of the film that works quite well. Otherwise, Mann's original film, Manhunter, is a much better choice!

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