Hannibal (DVD, 2007, 2-Disc Set, Collector's Edition; Steelbook) Reviews

Hannibal (DVD, 2007, 2-Disc Set, Collector's Edition; Steelbook)

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Hannibal's too violent for me.

Mar 26, 2004
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Pros:Interesting characters

Cons:Super-violent.

The Bottom Line: Don't bother with this one. There's too many other good movies out there.


Well, there are 247 reviews of Hannibal on epinions.com. Does it need 248? Nope, but, here’s my two-cense for anyone interested...

I'll start out by saying this movie is no where near being half as good as Silence of the Lambs. Silence of the Lambs was an amazing movie showing two people trying to figure out each others complex minds. Hannibal is a movie about Hannibal. It tries to take us into his mind and show us how complex he is. It's a weird place to go, but it's kind-of fun. It's just not as interesting as the first one, and I'm not sure it was totally true to the characters of the first one.....would everybody from the first movie do the things they do in this movie? I don't know, maybe...

Here’s a little about the plot…. However, the plot isn’t really what important to this movie. The plot is just an excuse for us to get to know Hannibal a little more. Basically, Hannibal’s hiding out. The FBI’s trying to find him. They need Julianne Moore’s help. Also, some other guy gets in the way by going after the reward money. The most memorable thing about the movie is the ending.

I'm assuming everyone by now has heard about the last 10-15 minutes of this movie and how violent it is. That's the part of the movie that sticks with you. Just so you know, violent isn't near the right word to describe what happens in this movie. I don't know what the word is, but I heard someone say "total human degradation" when the movie came out. There's actually sort-of an irony to what you see happen.

This is what I was thinking. Earlier in the movie we're supposed to be grossed out by the fact that Hannibal would watch a guy rip the skin off his face for entertainment. But, yet part of the “sell” of this movie is the violence. Doesn’t that seem ironic? We're supposed to think he's a bad guy for taking pleasure in seeing all this blood and macabre (I don't know exactly what that word means, but it's on the dust jacket for almost every Stephen King book, so I thought it might fit here) and what are we doing but taking pleasure in watching a cannibal cut up and terrorize people?

What bothers me is that watching Hannibal mess with this guy at the end of the movie really bothered me during the movie, but now thinking back on it, it doesn't seem like such a big deal. Do I really want to get used to seeing brain-eating? How can you show what goes on at the end of this movie in an R, but you can't show a penis. Don't get me wrong on this next statement, but I think I'd much rather see a wiener on screen than a guy eating his own brain for 10 minutes. The NC-17 rating must just be for penises. If the violence in this movie only gets an R, there's no way a movie can ever be rated NC-17 for violence. The only violence that could get an NC-17 would be for cutting off a penis.

On the other hand.....you really don't realize what a screwed up depraved guy Hannibal is until the end when he goes nuts. Maybe we need to see something like that to understand how messed up Hannibal the cannibal really is... I don't know. Do you really think he's a horrible guy until the end? Then, for a couple seconds you think he's alright again, and then you get him in the airplane and you're reminded that he's a sick freak.

So, how do I rate this movie? As much as I hate to admit it, I think Hannibal is an interesting and complex character. And, he is interesting in this movie. There's a great scene that's reminiscent of the first movie where they both (Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore) are on the phone to each other in the mall and she's trying to figure out where he's at by the sounds on the phone. It's interesting listening to Hannibal try to mess with her by telling her thoughts about herself. It’s scenes like this that make me want to recommend the movie. However, call it my conscience, but there’s something about that kind-of violence that makes me say this one’s not worth seeing or buying for your DVD player.


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