I’ve read the book and watched the film “Silence of the Lambs” it was very good and not too horrific, except the part where Hannibal Lector decides to attack a police officer taking his entire face off, and placing upon his own- how lovely! D-:  It’s a real shame that Jodie Foster isn’t playing the role of Clarice Starling, the FBI agent as she is an incredible actress. Apparently she wasn’t available when they were due to start filming as she was committed to another film “Flora Plum” The film is cleverly directed by Ridley Scott who also directed the film Gladiator in 2000 staring Russel Crowe.

Once again the film is based upon the book. Anthony Hopkins returns as Hannibal Lecter one of the worlds most cunning and most feared serial killers.  He has “resurfaced” after 10 years to toy with Clarice Starling. Within 10 minutes I am feeling pretty TRAUMATISED….. with the scene where one of the characters Mason Verger cuts his face with glass and feeds it to his dog because Hannibal Lecter told him to, he survived but is left horribly disfigured . Before the incident he was a sexual deviant and Lecter had given him drugs. Its a really horrible thought and the prosthetic’s and make up in the film are really realistic!

Okay the worst bit of the film was when Paul Krendler is forced by Hannibal Lecter to EAT PART HIS OWN BRAIN (prefrontal cortex) !! OK now I am scarred for life…I could barely watch. I found the film pretty sick but that’s what you would expect. Verger bribes Justice Department official Paul Krendler (Ray Liotta) to accuse Starling of withholding a note from Lecter, he too meets a grisly end!

Anthony Hopkins is SUCH an incredible actor and is perfect for the part of Hannibal. He is calm yet spine chilling-ly creepy, evil yet extremely witty! In my opinion the film isn’t as good as the first film Silence Of The Lambs. Julianne Moore isn’t a patch on the legend Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling in my opinion she’s just okay.

As a film I’d probably give it 7/10 its gripping, but not as good as the original as I feel that Jodie Foster cannot be replaced.


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