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|Genre||Action & Adventure/Thrillers|
|Contributor||Gaspard Ulliel, Thomas Harris, Michele Wade, Aaron Thomas, Rhys Ifans, Kevin McKidd, Dino de Laurentiis, Martha de Laurentiis, Peter Webber, Richard Leaf, Joerg Stadler, Tarak Ben Ammar, Li Gong, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Richard Brake, Helena Lia Tachovska, Martin Hub See more|
|Runtime||2 hours and 5 minutes|
At last, the evolution of his evil is revealed. Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him. Hannibal's uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki. Lady Murasaki helps Hannibal to heal.With her help he flourishes, becoming the youngest person ever admitted to medical school in France. But Hannibal's demons visit him and torment him.When he is old enough, he visits them in turn. He discovers he has gifts beyond the academic, and in that epiphany, Hannibal Lecter becomes death's prodigy.
Though Hannibal Rising's Lecter (Gaspard Ulliel) is a pussycat compared to Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs, this sequel's story of revenge is grizzly enough to satisfy lovers of Thomas Harris's epic tale. After young Hannibal (Aaron Thomas) is forced to watch his little sister, Mischa (Helena Lia Tachovska), devoured by starving soldiers in his homeland Lithuania, Hannibal vows to avenge his sister's death by slaying those who committed not only war crimes against the Lecters, but also against other families during WW II.
In detailing Hannibal's revenge plan, the film investigates the psychological implications of witnessing cannibalism to justify Hannibal's insatiable appetite for human flesh. The most interesting aspect of Hannibal Rising--its analytical connections drawn between Hannibal's childhood traumas and his murderous adult obsessions--is also the film's weak point. The links oversimplify Lecter's complex character. For example, though titillating to see flashbacks of Lecter's sister hacked up and boiled while Lecter visits a Parisian meat market, the reference is too obvious. One learns why he excels in his medical school classes dissecting cadavers, and we're given explicit explanation for why he slices off and eats his victims' cheeks. The story only complicates when Hannibal interacts with his sexy Aunt, Lady Murasaki (Gong Li). When Murasaki educates him in the art of beheading, the viewer sees Hannibal's sword fetish as a manifestation of physical lust. --Trinie Dalton
- Aspect Ratio : 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Rated : Suitable for 18 years and over
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 83.16 Grams
- Audio Description: : English
- Manufacturer reference : 5060116721997
- Director : Peter Webber
- Media Format : PAL
- Run time : 2 hours and 5 minutes
- Release date : 25 Jun. 2007
- Actors : Helena Lia Tachovska, Richard Leaf, Michele Wade, Martin Hub, Ingeborga Dapkunaite
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : Unknown (Dolby Surround)
- Studio : Universal Pictures UK
- Producers : Dino de Laurentiis, Martha de Laurentiis, Tarak Ben Ammar
- ASIN : B000LC3P40
- Writers : Thomas Harris
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 10,217 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Jonathan Demme should be annoyed, but then Peter Webber did a good job.. confused
I thoroughly enjoyed this film, which was suitably dark as befits the period in general, and the subject and story in particular. You can certainly see why he chose the path he did, and you get to see glimpses of what's to come. A morally nice lad moulded by his circumstances.
This makes a good link to the more famous films, though I cringe a little to think they might be tempted to make a link between this and "Silence of the Lambs" - it'd have to be done very well to get the balance right. For that I rather hope they don't bother.
This film is well worth the small entrance fee, as it fills in a number of gaps - whilst leaving the inevitable questions unanswered.