Anthony Hopkins returns in his finest and most chilling performance yet, as the malevolent Dr Hannibal Lecter. FBI agent Will Graham (Edward Norton) is called out of early retirement to catch a serial killer known as 'The Tooth Fairy'. To stop the brutal murders from continuing, Graham must first let Lecter inside his head. Prepare to be disturbed as Graham confronts the brilliantly sinister Lecter in this dark and heart-pounding thriller.
Not bad - but I'm fed up with seeing remakes of perfectly good films
- Red Dragon review by RP
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Somewhat pointless remake of 'Manhunter', which was the first of the Hannibal Lecter films to be made back in 1986 – but 'Manhunter' didn't have Anthony Hopkins, who came along later to play Lecter in 'Silence Of The Lambs'. I guess that 'Red Dragon' was made to give a consistent Lecter trilogy with Hopkins in each one (the fourth film, 'Hannibal Rising' is about Lecter's childhood). But 'Manhunter' is in my opinion the better film and Hopkins is far too hammy an actor for the role. In fact Lecter plays only a small role – the central character is a disturbed FBI agent who has been psychologically damaged by his experiences with too many disturbing cases, but who is called out of retirement to solve yet another case. The role here is filled by Edward Norton who is not a patch on the characterisation given by William Petersen in 'Manhunter'.
Don't get me wrong – 'Red Dragon' isn't a bad film and has a host of excellent actors and in fact I enjoyed it – it's just that I'm fed up with seeing remakes of perfectly good films. 3/5 stars.