Red Dragon (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
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Fbi agent will graham has been called out of early retirement to catch a serial killer known by authorities as the tooth fairy. He asks for the help of his arch-nemesis dr. Hannibal the cannibal lecter.The only problem is that the tooth fairy is getting inside information from lector Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 05/23/2006 Starring: Anthony Hopkins Ralph Fiennes Run time: 124 minutes Rating: R Director: Brett Ratner

A lot could've gone wrong in Red Dragon, but the movie exceeds expectations. Replacing the acclaimed Manhunter as an "official" entry in the Hannibal Lecter trilogy, this topnotch thriller--the second adaptation of Thomas Harris's first Lecter novel--returns to the fertile soil of The Silence of the Lambs, serving as both prequel and heir to the legacy of Lecter as portrayed, with mischievous menace, by the great Anthony Hopkins. Familiar faces and locations reappear (along with Lambs screenwriter Ted Tally) as Lecter coaches FBI profiler Will Graham (Edward Norton) in tracking the horrific "Tooth Fairy" killer (Ralph Fiennes), whose transformative killing spree is inspired by a William Blake painting. By dutifully serving Harris's potent material, Tally and director Brett Ratner craft a suspenseful film worthy of its predecessors, bringing Hopkins full circle as one of the cinema's all-time greatest villains. With overtones of Psycho and a superb supporting cast, Red Dragon succeeds against considerable odds. --Jeff Shannon

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  • To understand the origin of evil, you must go back to the beginning.
    PLOT: The film opens with a brief prologue in Baltimore, 1980. A Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert is going on, and in the audience is none other than everyone's favorite cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins). The first flautist, Benjamin Raspail, doesn't seem to be too talented and botches up quite a few notes. A week later, Lecter has the members of the Symphony Board over for a dinner party. One of them mentions the fact that Benjamin Raspail is missing and presumed dead. Lecter serves everyone a strange, yet delicious dish. When one of the board members asks what it is, he replies, "If I tell you, I'm afraid you won't even try it." Later that night, FBI criminal profilist Will Graham (Edward Norton) shows up at Lecter's home. Graham and Lecter have been working together to track down serial killers for years. Graham thinks he has new evidence about an active serial killer dubbed the "Chesapeake Ripper". Graham noticed that all of the victim's lost some body part used in cooking. He believes that the Chesapeake Ripper is not keeping his souvenirs, he's eating them. Lecter asks Graham to come back in the morning so the two can revise their profile. He then leaves the room to get Graham's coat.Upon looking around at the object's in Lecter's office, Graham notices an antique medical book. Upon seeing Lecter's handwritten notes for "sweetbreads", Graham immediately knows that Lecter has been the Chesapeake Ripper all along. He turns around and gets stabbed in the abdomen by Lecter. Just as he is about to get killed, Graham stabs Lecter with a bundle of antique arrows. He then manages to fire a couple of shots into Lecter before the two lose consciousness. Years later, Graham (now retired and living in Florida) gets a visit from his old partner Jack Crawford (now played by Harvey Keitel). Crawford informs Graham that there is a new serial killer on the loose, dubbed as "The Tooth Fairy", and that he has already killed two families. He pleads with Graham to consider coming back to the FBI in hopes of trying to find the killer before he kills again. After careful consideration, Graham says goodbye to his wife Molly (Mary-Louise Parker) and son Josh and goes back to the FBI. Graham carefully studies the case file and sees that the Tooth Fairy killed both families in the exact same manner. He inserted mirror shards in their eyes after killing them and even left jagged bite marks on some of them (hence the nick-name). After reaching a dead end, Graham can't find any connection between the two families or why the Tooth Fairy chose to murder them. He decides to consult Dr. Lecter who now resides in solitary confinement in a maximum security facility; after all, Lecter did help Graham catch other serial killers early on in his career. Lecter decides to help Graham and looks at the case file. Graham knows that only Lecter can help him get in the mind of such a bizarre serial killer, but he hopes that he finds him before the next full moon, the only time the Tooth Fairy (Ralph Fiennes) strikes.

    COMMENTS: Brett Ratner's film adaptation of Thomas Harris's novel is not the first. It was originally made in 1986 under the title Manhunter. Now, thanks to Ratner, we can finally see Harris's original vision. Manhunter director Michael Mann changed around the story in his screenplay, and several elements of the story were either lost or watered down, including the titular sub-plot involving the Tooth Fairy's obession with the Red Dragon. Since Manhunter's release, two other films based on Harris's novels were released which firmly established Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, so it was only natural that he play Lecter again in Ratner's film. Silence of the Lambs screenwriter Ted Tally returned to adapt the screenplay for Red Dragon. I especially liked the prologue at the beginning which shows how Will Graham captured Lecter, a scene which was actually absent from the novel. Tally also completely restored the sub-plots involving the reasons for Francis Dolarhyde's (The Tooth Fairy) madness, as well as his obsession with the William Blake paintint "The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in the Sun." Since this film takes place before The Silence of the Lambs, Rattner went to great efforts to make Hopkins appear younger. At one point he even considered digitally de-aging the actor, a technique he later used in his film X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). It brought back chills to once again see Lecter occupying the original cell from Silence. The Hannibal Lecter films starring Anthony Hopkins all seem to follow the same formula. All three were made by very different directors (Jonathan Demme for Silence of the Lambs, Ridley Scott for Hannibal) who in turn made three very unique moods for the films. Even though the films are part of a trilogy, they all work as stand alone films as well. You don't need to watch them in any particular order to know what is going on. Sometimes I watch the films in release date order and sometimes I watch them in chronological order; it doesn't really matter. The film itself features an all-star ensemble cast. I thought that Harvey Keitel as Jack Crawford was a good replacement for Silence's Scott Glenn. Lecter's nemesis Dr. Chilton (played by Anthony Heald) makes a return from Silence, as does Barney Matthews (played by Frankie Faison) from Silence and Hannibal. The character of Barney Matthews actually doesn't appear in the novel, but Ted Tally felt that it would only make sense that he be in the film. Ralph Fiennes gave a very creepy performance as Francis Dolarhyde; not necessarily better than Tom Noonan's in Manhunter, but different. Tally also restored Harris's original ending for the film. He even added an epilogue which sets up the film for the events in The Silence of the Lambs. Overall I think that the film is a much more faithful film than Michael Mann's Manhunter. After this film was released, Hopkins announced that he would never be portraying the character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter again. Harris wrote a prequel novel, entitled Hannibal Rising, in 2006. The novel chronicles the life of the young Hannibal Lecter. A film adaptation was released in early 2007, but unfortunately Hopkins refused to appear in the film for a brief cameo or even a voice narrative. This DVD features the film in the original theatrical widescreen ratio. It is loaded with special features including a Making Of documentary, Commentary by Brett Ratner and Ted Tally, Hannibal Lecter's FBI Case File, The Life History of Hannibal Lecter, and much more. ...more info
  • 'AWE' inspiring.....
    The BEST suspense thriller ever commited to celluloid, period. This has always been my personal favorite of the 'Lector' chronicles- mainly because the emphasis is not on the infamous doctor, but the far more terrifying and psychologically realistic character of Francis Dolarhyde, and the other side of that coin; the equally fascinating inspector Graham. Much has been made of the original adaptation; 'MANHUNTER'- while I agree that version (directed by the great Michael Mann) has a certain stylistic superiority, not to mention fine performances by William Peterson, Tom Noonan, and Brian Cox (actually a better Lector, in my humble opinion)- This version is much more faithful to the novel, with Dolarhyde's and Reba's relationship being the central issue, and the mythology and origion of 'THE DRAGON' intact. Emily Watson easily outshines Joan Allen, Norton is servicable, and Fiennes is a brillant Dolarhyde, inspiring both pity and terror, as we watch him struggle with the voices commanding him to kill for his 'becoming'. Don't see this without reading the book!!...more info
  • Fine Remake
    This is a remake of Manhunter which I love the cast of, though not necessarily the adaptation of the book. Manhunter, originally made for TV, was better....more info
  • Unpalatable
    Was this siamese-prequel even necessary? Aren't there enough out there already? If you're interested in the pre-Lecter years then see 'Manhunter' - a far superior film. 2 stars ONLY because of Hopkin's performance. Edward Norton's portrayal of agent Will Graham is so weak and girlish you wish Lecter would have succeeded in killing him at the beginning. I guess Hannibal doesn't like quiche....more info
  • Red Dragon Review
    This movie is the prequel to "Silence of the Lambs." It is just as scary as "Silence." But the characters are different. I was as thrilled by this movie as I was by "Silence of the Lambs." Same type of suspense. Great movie....more info
  • Finish your food. You've outstayed your welcome.
    Okay, lets get this straight. This movie is not only based upon a novel, its also a remake of another movie. Hey, lets not forget its a sequel as well. Hold on a minute, its also a prequel. Wow, what other movie could boast such an interesting history? The only problem this movie has is that it stinks like the dead bobies stuffed in Buffalo Bills' backyard.

    Maybe that was a little unfair. This film does deliver gothic and eery thrills from the beginning, a stellar A-list cast that at least does its best with the tired material on offer. Its just that it has an air of 'been there, done that' about it, which ultimately undoes any obvious effort that has been made by the filmmakers to try and create something mildly entertaining.

    The story concerns a world weary FBI serial killer expert Will Graham (a miscast Edward Norton), who has taken early retirement after successfully tracking down cannibal killer Hannibal Lecter. He is coaxed back onto the job by the appearance of new nutjob on the block, cheekily nicknamed 'The Tooth Fairy'. The film flicks back and forth between part crime/police thriller to gothic horror, and sits uneasily as a straight genre picture. The problems with this film are legion, as compared with Michael Manns' original movie 'Manhunter' which was always stylish, scary and demanding. Maybe I am too much of a fan of that movie to appreciate this incarnation, but this one is pretty boring to watch, whereas Manns' film is a juggernaut of fast cutting, cool cinematography and excellent acting from the cast. Compare Edward Nortons' wimpish and dull portayal of Graham to William Petersons' angst ridden and determined expert, who could easily slide into the dark side of his persona at any minute. At around an hour into the 'Red Dragon', I just wanted Norton to stop the investigation, pack up his bags, head back to his wife and maybe get his foppish hair cut. Not exactly the kind of guy I needed to be rooting for. And as for Ralph Fiennes as Dollarhyde? Okay, he was pretty good - actually the best thing about this movie. His 'relationship' with Reba McClane (an always good Emily Watson) is sincere and creepy, but after the powerhouse performance of Tom Noonan as Dollarhyde in the original and his freaky interaction with Joan Allen as Reba, this comes off as good effort, but not good enough. Oh, did I mention the poster boy himself? Yeah, Hannibal Lecter is given a more substantial role this time, but as usual Anthony Hopkins (one of the best brit actors around) hams up this role within an inch of its life. Where choice lines like 'I have oodles of time' would have had audiences crawling the walls in 'The Silence of the Lambs', this time they only irritate and annoy. It seems that producer Dino De Laurentiis is trying to create a $100 million dollar Freddy Krueger for todays' teen-obsessed market audience.

    Ted Tallys' screenplay is predestrian at best, failing to inject any new or interesting lifts into the script and one wishes he would have finished his association with Lector at 'Silence'. As I said before, 'Rush Hour' helmer Brett Ratners' direction is solid, if uninspired, and one wishes he could have bought that energy he has displayed on his previous efforts with him (mind you, saying that - after his travesty 'XMEN 3' - he may as well give up altogether). The production design is suitably over the top, with creepy gothic houses and the cinematography is laced with 'Seven'- lite flourishes and nods to the original 'Silence of the Lambs'.

    So then, a dull big budget mechanical exercise made with the only intention to make a lot of money for studio execs. Steer clear, and get 'Manhunter' special edition to see how this book should be filmed....more info
  • All Muffin Top, No Muffin.
    I really wanted to like this movie. In my opinion Brett Ratner and Ted Tally did a second rate job of bringing the story from print to screen. Everything in this movie is muffin top, with no actual muffin. The duo did a wonderful job of including practically every scene from book to film, but along the way lost everything that made these scenes make sense. Nothing is explained, no motivations are explored, and characters are so thin that they are barely recognizable beyond the basic Killer, FBI agent, scummy reporter icons. This is a common danger of transferring a book to screen (too much info, not enough time to convey it); there is an art to it, and this time Ratner and Tally are merely drawing stick figures. To compound the problem, both have chosen to beef up Hannibal Lector's on screen time, which not only does not mirror the book, it takes away from the suspense of the actual plot. The best example I can give is that Ratner and Tally have chosen to include lengthy scenes including Reba, a blind woman, touching a tiger as it's under anesthesia, going so far as to include her cupping the tiger's genitals, yet they give no reason for why the characters are in this situation in the first place. In the movie it comes off as merely aesthetic and pointless to the plot (in the book it is very important to the plot). Most everything in the movie comes off this way. Another example is the motivation behind the main killer, who suffers from a cleft palate, which is not pointed to in the movie, though the character in the movie has the scar, e.g. all muffin top, no muffin....more info
  • Red Dragon
    WHAT IS IT about serial killers that fascinate us? I love Anthony Hopkins. Gotta love the Lector.

    Gave this one as an Xmas gift...more info
  • Very Well Done Movie!!
    For once, I actually think the filmmakers have done an excellent job in keeping their film as close as possible with the actually novel in which the movie is based on!! Often times, one finds that the story has changed somewhat or important events from the book have not been added, but Red Dragon follows the book pretty closely.

    That aside, the movie "Red Dragon" itself was excellent. The actors were perfect in their roles and did a great job of acting their parts. The movies was nicely paced, neither too slow or too fast and the movie was very suspenseful as well. ...more info
  • More Thomas Harris thrills...
    Enjoyable movie. Not scary like "Silence" or bloody like "Hannibal". This is a good detective, story, with great acting, interesting plot. The only people who didn't like this film were die-hard, "manhunter" fans, but who cares about them, that movie flopped until "Silence" came out. Where were the die-hards before that? No where to be found, that's why that film sat on a shelf collecting dust....more info
  • Strange sources of insight?
    I can't add too much to the other reviews here: all of which, I must say, are very interesting, and from a great variety of perspectives and artistic sensitivities. However, I'd like to contribute something a bit different.

    My favorite parts of all the "Lecter" movies, and the books, are the various conversations that Hannibal Lechter has with those he interacts with. Case in point: in Red Dragon, the Lechter / Graham conversations, while appearing like a fireside chat between James Dean and Aleister Crowley hinted at brilliant insights that Lechter possessed. When Will Graham first visited Lechter in his cell. Lechter alluded to his imagination which was what they had in common and what separated them from the other "poor dullards", and told him that "fear is the price of our instrument. It takes experience to master it".

    Demented as he is, Lechter mastered his own fears and faced unflinchingly the consequences of all his actions. How many of us can honestly say the same thing?

    That alone is worth taking the time to watch the film....more info
  • ****4 stars****
    Better then the previous prequel 'Manhuter'. ToothFairy is a lot more sinister in this version (thanks to the extraordinary Ralph Fiennes, can't wait to see him as Voldmort). Anthony Hopkins could play Hannibal Lector in his sleep. Strong performance by both Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Emily Watson. Thought Edward Norton gave a very lack luster performance, nothing like his in American History X or Primal Fear, so he was the weak link. Very erie feel to the movie. Has one or two rough spots but all in all I would diffently recommend this movie. ...more info
  • As thrilling as "The Silence Of The Lambs"
    I just bought this movie, and I must say that this was a great prequel to "The Silence Of The Lambs". People say that it was better than "Hannibal", I've never seen "Hannibal", but people said that it was too grusome. But this movie was just as suspenseful as "The Silence Of The Lambs", and Anthony Hopkins still plays his oscar winning role to a T. ...more info
  • Could have been better...
    I am not familiar with the book, and never saw this one in theatres, which I think now was a good thing.
    It might have been the script or the acting, but it certainly wasn't the major actors's faults, given the range and quality of the entire cast, but I wasn't left with as much a sense of dread as with "the Silence of the Lambs". It's as if the actors weren't really "into" their roles. This film wasn't nearly as scary or psychologically thrilling as Silence, and it's hard not to compar the two. Instead, it felt very much like a rehashing of the same script - Hannibal Lecter (much, much weaker here, I must say) helps an FBI agent track down a killer.
    And Ralph Fiennes cast as an "ugly" psychopathic killer? I beg to differ. He pulled the role off well enough, but I wasn't convinced that he was really murderously dangerous. Creepy and disturbed and definitely demented (he does that so well), yes, but I just wasn't convinced. He's perfectly capable of pulling off that kind of person, which made it so much more of a disappointment to me.
    Also, the Tattler Reporter didn't strike me as being or having very much to be afraid of. I just didn't sense the horror. D's picture show was gruesome, but that was the only scary thing about his revealing himself and his tatoos.
    And not knowing the original ending doesn't mean that I wasn't disappointed with ending. I found it weak and anticlimactic. There was just something about this film that just didn't work. Pity....more info
  • Deserving resurrection of "Manhunter"
    I've seen "Red Dragon" years ago but couldn't recollect it from my thoughts. Last night it reappear to me that it's a great film. This of course is a remake of "Manhunter (Full Screen Edition)," the first in the series of films centering on FBI profilers, serial killers, and the infamous Hannibal Lecter, who I suppose is the modern day equivalent of "Jack the Ripper." I haven't read the novel by Thomas Harris so I can't say which is the more authentic, but they're both very good films.

    As in the original, "Red Dragon" centers around the character of Will Graham, a retired FBI profiler who is brought back to help find a serial killer (Ralph Fiennes), known as "The Tooth Fairy," preying on women with families. He kills once a month in sync with the lunar cycle, so Graham has time to investigate the two crime scenes and look for evidence that would indicate who the next target is. The beginning of the scene will capture your interest right away, because it sets up the relationship of Hopkins and Norton; it also gives Hopkins, without whom this film wouldn't exist, more screen-time.

    Also as in the original, Hannibal Lecter is a supporting figure, not the main attraction, though Anthony Hopkins certainly chews up the scenery in a performance he's gotten quite good at. The relationship between Lecter and Graham never intrigued me as much and I'm not convinced that Norton was the best choice for the part of Graham. Somehow, Norton came across to me as too innocent and youthful for the kind of role he was playing. Towards the end he turns out to be a good performance. The movie doesn't play up his character as much as "Manhunter" did for William L. Petersen, but that's just a style difference in the directors. Weaknesses, though, were compensated for by a marvelous performance from Ralph Fiennes as the killer as Dolarhyde, and he's downright creepy. Michael Mann cast one of his favorites, Tom Noonan, as Dolarhyde in the original, and he played the part brilliantly. Though here, the killer is developed more and you see why he became such a twisted figure. Think Norman Bates on steroids. And that tattoo is down right gorgeous. Emily Watson did a good job as Reba and there's really not much I can say about her.

    When Michael Mann made "Manhunter" in 1986, he was at the peak of his success with "Miami Vice" and the movie reflected that genre, with hip characters and rock & roll music on the soundtrack. Who could forget the ending when Will Graham crashes through the window while "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is blasting away. Here, Brett Ratner (the "Rush Hour" films) directs "Red Dragon" as a more traditional suspense film without the flashiness of Mann's creation. Different creations of the same story, but both very good in their own way.
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  • Lucifer Fallen
    It is odd that the third best of the 'Lector' novels written by Thomas Harris should turn out to be every bit as good as the others when taken to film. Much is due to Brett Ratner's ability to stay focused on creating an unselfconscious story line that sticks to the material and the atmospherics around it. Another large amount is due to Anthony Hopkins ability to recreate a character who exudes evil and fear. But the entire cast of this film manage to play their parts well.

    This is the prequel (or near prequel) to the events in Silence of the Lambs. Edward Norton plays Will Graham, the FBI agent who brought Lector to justice in the first case. He has 'escaped' from seeking serial killers and is now making an anonymous life repairing boats. But his retirement is short-lived as Jack Crawford (Harvey Keitel) seeks Will out for help on a troubling case where entire families are being killed in a grim ritual. As we quickly find out, one of the things that's wanted is for Will to work with Lector again, this time with the mad psychiatrist behind thick plate glass and bars.

    What we find out early in the film is that the new killer is somehow linked to the old. Lector's uncanny ability to reach out and manipulate minds is still strong, and the real story is Will Graham's struggle to evade Lector's plans while trying to identify the killer with Lecter's help. The detective and his family are the goats in a dark hunting game.

    Hopkins plays Lecter to perfection. Not the slick Lecter of Silence, but as a man still developing his style. For all his ego, Lecter's real problem is his inability to see Will Graham as anything but an alter-ego. The agent, who survived catching Lecter only by accident has no such self-delusions. His honest brilliance is a counterpoint to Lecter's deviousness.

    Another near perfect acting Job is done by Ralph Fienne, who plays Francis Dolahyde, the Red Dragon of the title. This isn't a hysterical portrait. Dolarhyde has his own brilliance despite his emotional ineptness, and Fienne brings this out perfectly, capturing Dolarhyde's fumbling love affair with Reba and his power as a controlled killer with surprising sympathy.

    The extras consist of commentaries, interviews and the usual 'making of' film. I tend to look askance at the modern habit of expanding the credence of a film by piling on self-important tidbits, but these are well done, and enhance the viewing experience by surfacing some of the fine details that make this a successful film....more info
  • Very powerful
    "Red Dragon" is a very interesting piece of modern cinema. It is scary, filled with action and suspence and has a very subtle underlying sense of humour. The cast performs very well, Anthony Hopkins reprising his probably most well known role as evil incarnate, Hannibal Lecter, and Edward Norton giving a performance nothing short of sheer brilliance. Norton was not really my bag prior to seeing this movie, but he performs so well that it immediately changed my mind. We can quite easily identify with his troubles, his tormented self and can almost hear the gears churning when he investigates a murder scene. Ralph Fiennes also delivers a great performance as the twisted murderer the "tooth fairy". There is a subtle feeling of madness underscoring the rage in him. Very good indeed. Very notable also is Philip Seymour Hoffman as the hack writer Freddy Lounds. In the short screen time that he has he still manages to leave us all with a very deep impression. In fact, the movie is, in a word, well cast and well performed.

    The direction, editing and scoring of the film is equally up to par and really captures the mood perfectly.

    The ending, as another reviewer remarked, is, although similar to the one in the book, not as powerful. This is probably because of the crowdpleasing factor. It is after all a hollywood movie. Then again, one shouldn't measure it against the book, but see it as an independent picture.

    In short: this is definitely a film to watch. Highest possible recommendation....more info
  • Maybe I'll watch Manhunter, some day
    While it lasted this seemed quite respectably sick and nasty, but after it finished I thought: Hmm. Then I read the seriously critical reviews, and they began to explain why this show didn't satisfy. There was something empty about it, although I had a sort of advantage, in that I'd seen Silence, but not Manhunter. With this fine cast I thought I couldn't go wrong, but it became obvious that it was mostly just a cash-cow, milking the crowd-pulling Hannibal. Actually, I didn't think Silence was all that marvellous, either. The idea is that one homicidal loony can understand the mentality of another homicidal loony; but that's the only real idea, and after that it's just play it again, Sam. Oh, I suppose underlying this is that we're all loonies, since we can understand the other loonies. Then we can thrill to the sight of the handicapped, hare-lipped and blind, and the thought that happy, healthy, normal, nuclear families are getting massacred. It's all fairly sick, really. Richard III is better. ...more info
  • i didn't have a problem with it
    i was told by various critics, during a dinner party which i was hosting - i served sweetbread garnished in all the assorted accuments - that red dragon was an inferior film made by an inferior director and a few other hollywood everybodies. these everybodies took on the duties of putting this piece together because the somebodies didn't want in and it was still too large a production for the nobodies. good enough for me, a man who giggled like mad at "bachelor party," a film starring nobody tom hanks before he became somebody.

    long before we knew hannibal lector to be hannibal lector, he knew himself as sort of an aristocrat. this rare peek into his life is priceless and begins the movie, the prequel to "silence of the lambs." "red dragon" tells the tale of a mysteriously disturbed man who does horrible things to people because he wants it to be seen. he needs it to be seen. but the people watching are not alive, having been offed by our crazed offender. this being the case, you can imagine how strange a case file or serial killer profile this had to be for the fbi.

    without giving away much, i loved ed norton, as i usually do, even moreso than before i knew him as an actor and not just some guy that made me say "WILL YOU CUT IT OUT!?!" in ralph kramden fashion whenever i heard his name mentioned. just a little thing i do.

    norton is so competent and believable even when sometimes the script is not. truthfully, it's not a bad script, but there are some uneven qualities to it that i just overlooked for the heck of it.

    hopkins is lector and nobody can take that away from him. he won an oscar when he played the character the first time, so i could care less that he looks older in the prequel. he still acts younger and i bought it. he was less-hardened by prison...more at home with his refinements. yeah, i bought it.

    the others are brought back too. dr. childers looks noticably older from his first "silence" appearance and barney the orderly, whom i live nearby, is left in long shots so as not to ask for too much suspension of disbelief.

    the story is golden, a weird chase after a serial killer by the man who caught hannibal lector, paid for it, and retired early, ed norton. said killer is played okay by ralph fiennes who i want to call "ralf fee-in-ness." he is one problematic character and while i knew he was a killer, i wanted everything to be okay with him and his cute blind girlfriend. sue me.

    not as bad as i expected, the dvd version gives us a nice, written casefile of hannibal lector, including insight into his childhood.

    ...more info
  • ManHunter was Better!
    Although Red Dragon is closer to the storyline of the book, it did not have the haunting eerieness of Manhunter. The only thing Red Dragon had going for it was Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lector. Edward Norton played Will Graham in Red Dragon and I have to say he was not very convincing. It was orginally played by William Petersen of the series CSI and he was much more believeable and tangent as the FBI investigator. Edward Norton seemed way out of his element. I'm not saying that Red Dragon is a bad's just not as good or as creepy as Manhunter. ...more info
  • The Reign of Terror Begins...
    After 3 movies had chronicled the exploits of the deranged, cannibalistic doctor, Hannibal Lecter, with great critical and commercial success I might add. Universal Studios felt it wise to return to Lecter's beginning as a serial killer by making the Thomas Harris novel, Red Dragon (this book contains the first appearance of Lecter), into a movie yet again. A previous version already existed called "Manhunter", starring William Peterson as Will Graham and Brian Cox as the 'good' doctor Hannibal Lecter. Universal Studios, for the sake of continuity, wanted to remake the movie "Manhunter", this time starring Anthony Hopkins who had portrayed Hannibal the Cannibal as he became known, in "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Hannibal", so that all recognized movies in the Lecter series would feature Hopkins as the doctor. Though many critics felt this was doomed to be a mistake on Universal's part, critics felt that Hannibal's story was played out after "Hannibal". But to Universal's credit they marched on, hiring director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour & Rush Hour 2) to helm the movie, and casting Edward Norton to play Will Graham alongside Anthony Hopkins. The choice of director's was another cause for concern for the critics, and many fans as well, but all nay-sayers were quickly silenced, when the positive reviews started rolling in for this prequel to "The Silence of the Lambs", and "Red Dragon" went on to do big numbers for Universal, earning it's place as an incredible opener to one of the Studio's darkest movie series'.

    "Red Dragon" begins as FBI agent Will Graham (Edward Norton) is set to retire. Graham is the man responsible for the capture of Dr. Hannibal 'the Cannibal' Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), but before Graham can retire he is asked to profile, and hopefully hunt down a vicious killer that is dubbed 'The Tooth Fairy', before he strikes again. To do this, Will must come face to face with the one man he hates and fears most in the world, Hannibal Lecter. In siding with Lecter, Graham hopes to shed some light on the deranged murders of this new killer. But at what cost to himself or his family?

    Brett Ratner really shined with his direction for this movie, he had shown his knack for action/comedies with "Rush Hour" and "Rush Hour 2", and his ability for drama with "Family Man", but there was still nervousness surrounding the young director, since this film focused on one of the most famous movie villains of all time. With "Red Dragon", Brett Ratner solidified his place amongst Hollywood's best directors, earning him the respect he deserved. Edward Norton was great as Will Graham, and his scenes with Anthony Hopkins were terrific. He expertly portrayed the fearful respect Graham has for Lecter, while at the same time conveying the underlying hatred he harbors towards the doctor. Anthony Hopkins, though looking somewhat older than he did in "The Silence of the Lambs", does a wonderful job of showing a somewhat more energetic and younger Hannibal Lecter. Universal Studios clearly made the right choice in remaking "Manhunter", as "Red Dragon" does an excellent job of bringing the series together with Hopkins as the evil Lecter.

    If you enjoyed the movies "The Silence of the Lambs", "Hannibal", or "Manhunter", then "Red Dragon" is for you. In my opinion, after you see "Red Dragon", I doubt you'll have a need to watch "Manhunter" again, except maybe for nostalgia. That's not meant as anything negative against "Manhunter", Michael Mann did an excellent job with the adaptation, but after reading all of the Thomas Harris novels, I feel "Red Dragon" really gets the job done in a more truthful way in regards to what is contained in the book.

    "Red Dragon" is rated R for violence, language, and brief nudity/sexuality....more info
  • Better than Manhunter
    A lot of people insist that the original movie Manhunter was far superior than this movie. I am forced to disagree. In this film the characters are far more gruesome. Their is no real sense of fear or awe of Hannibal in Manhunter. In the Red Dragon Anthony Hopkins reprises his role and does an awesome job of it.

    Edward Norton plays Will Graham the agent that caught Hannibal Lecter. He is brought out of retirement to hunt down the latest serial killer "the tooth fairy" played superbly by Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes gives the tooth fairy the haunting presence that Manhunter sorely lacked. The movie basically follows Graham's hunt for the tooth fairy as well as visiting with Hannibal on several occasions for help. It is a good movie that would have deserved 5 stars if it were not for the Silence of the lambs being so superbly done....more info
  • The best out of all three movies.
    This movie was much better than Hannibal, because of great acting
    from a great cast, and a great screenplay. Brett Ratner should do more thrillers, and so should Edward Norton because he was absolutely brilliant as Graham. Anthony Hopkins was sensational as Hannibal, and totally had fun with what he had. Fiennes was creepy, and sympathetic as Francis Dolarhyde, and Watson was excellent as the blind lady. This movie should've been nominated for several Oscars, because it equaled the first movie in terms of greatness, something that Hannibal failed to do....more info
  • Creepy!
    I just got up from watching this movie and I have to say it certainly was strange and intense to say the lease. We are faced with a seriel killer, who kills entire families and is dubbed as the "Tooth Fairy Killer."
    Our young detective Will is faced with a true challenge and a race with the clock to figure out what makes this killer tick, protect his family and stop this madman. He enlists the help of none other than Lector, the feared killer that we all know from "Silence of the Lambs," who is now safely locked behind glass but who still seems to be able to influence the bizzard killings and the killer. Always creepy.....when he is encountered. Always a game with the mind.
    We are taken to the past of our killer and find abuse which seems to have played a large role in who he is and what he is trying to become. We have a glimpse into his twisted mind as the storyline is played out and wonder how many of these types of people are out there now. Very unsettling.
    A good movie, great characters and good storyline. If you are into movies about seriel killers this one should do quite well....more info
  • Red Dragon
    Another fine example of Hannible the Cannible. Nice suspensful pace that keeps you rivited....more info
  • Same scenario than "Silence of the lambs"
    Nothing new here, this is simply a pale copy of the first movie "The silence of the lambs", there is absolutely nothing new here. The kind of movie we have seen over and over again. Stick with the first movie. ...more info
  • Meet Dr. Lecter for the 2nd time!!!
    In case you don't get my review title, I'm counting Hannibal Rising as the very first movie. Red Dragon is a really good prequel to The Silence of the Lambs. It shows how Hannibal got in that room and how he helps Will Graham find The Tooth Fairy. The Tooth Fairy is a psychopath who is obsessed a painting called Red Dragon, and had an abusive grandmother. The Doctor is in, and I highly recommend RED DRAGON!!! ...more info
  • Very good, low-key adaption of Harris's novel
    I liked the first attempt to bring "Red Dragon" to the screen, 1986's "Manhunter", but I actually prefer this version. It is not as fast-paced, and the secondary characters are generally better developed, making it easier to care about what happens to them.
    "Manhunter" may have been a bit closer to the letter, as some claim, but to me "Red Dragon" is the better movie.

    Brian Cox was excellent as Hannibal Lecter in "Manhunter", but you just can't beat Anthony Hopkins, and Edward Norton is sublime as Special Agent Will Graham, the man who captures Hannibal Lecter.
    But it's Ralph Fiennes as Francis Dolarhyde who really steals the show, bringing an incredible depth and nuance to what could very easily be a stereotypical character, and "Red Dragon", unlike the gory "Hannibal", is certainly worthy of its relationship to "Silence Of The Lambs", even if "Lambs" is ultimately a better and more original story.
    Definitely recommended....more info
  • "if I told you, you wouldn't eat it"( Hannibal Lecter)
    Red Dragon is my second favorite film from the Hannibal Lecter trilogy, the first being the silence of the lambs. This movie once again portrays Thomas Harris's novel which I just started reading. This is the first of the trilogy even though it was released last. This is when Hannibal Lecter is captured for the first time by William Graham played by Edward Norton. Anthony Hopkins is at his best while Harvey Keitel plays the best Jack Crawford yet. But of course, once in prison, Will Graham must interview Lecter, trying to find information on a new killer.
    Graham was on the verge of retiring when he decided to come back to the force. What's good about this movie is that it isn't disturbing like the other two, so a larger range of people could problably watch it.
    What distinguishes this one from the others is that you see the killer's battle against himself. Ralph Fiennes plays the killer with lots of force, and he tries to conquor himself and his anger. He basically does everything a painting tells him to do, but once he starts seeing a blind lady for whom he falls for, he tries to stop doing what he does.
    The movie has MANY amazing scenes and sequences and the conclusion makes your heart beat as much as the silence of the lambs did. It's not as good as the remarquable silence of the lambs, but saying that it's almost as good as it, that's pretty remarquable itself. ...more info
  • Very awesome movie
    Its better than manhunt the original of this movie I think it picks up parts that were left out in the original even thou its diffrent actors it is the same stoyline but i like the way this one plays out it has more action in it....more info