Red Dragon

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7.22 h 4 min2002X-RayR
HD. The detective who put Hannibal Lecter behind bars must turn to the psycho shrink for help in stopping a maniac in this 2002 thriller.
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Brett Ratner
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Anthony HopkinsEdward NortonRalph Fiennes
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Harvey KeitelEmily WatsonMary-Louise ParkerPhilip Seymour Hoffman
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Mike PowersReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Red Dragon" takes Thomas Harris's novel to new, even scarier levels of horror thriller...
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“Red Dragon” an altogether outstanding crime/horror thriller from 2002. Written by Ted Tally and directed by Brett Ratner, it stars Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson, Mary-Louise Parker, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Based upon Thomas Harris’s novel of the same name, “Red Dragon” is a remake of the 1986 film “Manhunter,” and a prequel to 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs.”

A grisly series of murders suddenly strikes two cities in the Deep South – Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia. In each case, an unknown intruder has broken into homes in the middle of the night and has viciously slain everyone there. He tortures, mutilates, and kills each family member, using mirrors as part of his killing ritual. He strikes on the night of the full moon.

Former FBI profiler Will Graham (Norton) very reluctantly agrees to come out of medical retirement to help solve the case, before the next full moon. Previously, Graham had caught the infamous Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins, reprising his role from “The Silence of the Lambs”) and had almost been killed by the homicidal psychiatrist. He asks Lecter, who is confined to a state institution for the criminally insane, to help him identify the serial killer. Lecter agrees, but only to further his own sadistically deranged agenda…

Meanwhile, the killer continues planning his next crime. He has already identified his next victims from photos he has seen of them. But he puts his plans on hold – at least for a while – when he is attracted by Reba McClane (Watson), a blind young woman who works in the same place he does…

I had previously watched “Manhunter” and thought it was very good. However, “Red Dragon” takes Thomas Harris’s novel to new, even scarier levels of horror thriller. Anthony Hopkins puts Hannibal Lecter’s cunning malevolence on full display here, and Edward Norton is very effective as Will Graham. Ralph Fiennes was very chilling in his role as the pitiable, grotesque, and frightening “Tooth Fairy” serial killer.

Although perhaps not quite as good as the later “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Red Dragon” is nevertheless an excellent film that effectively combines elements of a crime procedural, a thriller, and a horror movie. Every time I watch it, I can count on a sleepless night afterward…

Highly recommended.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Ralph Fiennes good villain but rest of movie is up and down
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This is the second telling of the Red Dragon story. The first was 1986’s Manhunter. This version is up and down. Manhunter was much more intense and really captured the obsession of the investigator Will Graham searching for the killer Francis Dollarhyde. Red Dragon is more about Graham/Edward Norton’s relationship with Hannibal Lecter/Anthony Hopkins. Dollarhyde/Ralph Fiennes doesn’t even show up until halfway through the film. Hopkins overplays his part. His accent and his actions are all exaggerated. It’s as if he was trying to live up to the image that he created with Silence of the Lambs and went over the top as a result. On the other hand, Fiennes villain is much better than the one in Manhunter. Fiennes has a real crazy look about him. Overall, Red Dragon isn’t as thrilling as Manhunter but it’s still a good watch.
Cheyenne L. MillerReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Though Hannibal is more of a secondary character in this film, the story is great and the acting is pretty good.
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I love Hannibal Lecter, ergo, I love this movie. Though Hannibal is more of a secondary character in this film, the story is great and the acting is pretty good (the actors individually are great, but the chemistry between them isn't the best). If you have to have Anthony Hopkins be Hannibal Lecter (which I understand) than get this movie. If you are more interested in the actors' performances, I'd suggest watching "Manhunter". "Red Dragon" and "Manhunter" are based off the same book and essentially are the same movie but with different actors. Whichever one you watch first, you'll probably prefer. I own both.
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AlexReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A perfect companion to Silence
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The movie provides a perfect companion to Silence of the Lambs. It is completly different on the surface but all the characters are so much the same. The trifecta of good, evil, and innocence. Lecter plays a smaller role, but he still has the same presence. Red Dragon is the same pitiable evil.
This movie concentrates on who and what the evil is. A deeper understanding of the killers mind. In the end we are left to wonder what the Red Dragon really was.
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Debra PooreReviewed in the United States on March 8, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Recommend to fans of the series
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Just recently watched this again. It is better than "Hannibal" in my opinion. As in "Silence of the Lambs", Hannibal L is imprisoned and is used by the FBI to profile a serial killer, one they have dubbed "The Tooth Fairy". This killer has been targeting families and murdered two families (with young children) twice. He kills when the moon is full. Edward Norton plays as the FBI superbrain who is dragged out of retirement to help solve the case with his expertise and help from Lechter. He is actually a survivor of one of Hannibal's attacks. Ralph Fiennes is the third in this triangle. The movie is based on a book and was made into a movie in the late 80s starring William Peterson in the role Edward Norton takes here. Both movies have pros and cons, so I might recommend that a person watch them and compare.
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MC PhillipsReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great serial killer film!
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First things first - this is NOT Silence of the Lambs, Part 2. If you go into it expecting that, you'll be disappointed. Apart from the fact that the events in this novel take place before the events in SOTL (you actually get to see Dr. Lechter being caught in the beginning of this film), this movie focuses far more on retired Special Agent Graham (Edward Norton) and the Red Dragon himself (a terrifically creepy Ralph Fiennes). The scenes with Lechter are a bonus, but not a pivotal part of the film. It is a serial killer story, of course, but very different from SOTL; these are families being murdered in their own homes. You never see the killing itself, which does nothing to detract anything from the movie, but the action pulls you right along from one scene to the next very nicely. This movie does not have the profound heart of SOTL, but it's a great serial killer film nonetheless.
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CLNxReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Remake of 1986 manhunter
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Same movie as manhunt. Just a remake. The original is wayyy better. I wish I knew this before I rented, as I was trying to watch the whole Hannibal story. There are 5 movies. Y’all can skip this one.
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Lawrance BernaboReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars
An unexpectedly solid prequel to "The Silence of the Lambs"
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The key thing about watching "Red Dragon" is to realize that this is not a Hannibal Lecter story. The character was a compelling but relatively minor figure in both the Thomas Harris novel and "Manhunter," the original cinematic adaptation by Michael Mann. Obviously screenwriter Ted Tally and director Brett Ratner have enhanced the role for this 2002 film, but Anthony Hopkins's part is not a central part of the story. Once you understand that you will discover that "Red Dragon" exceeds your expectations. But if you cannot get around this idea then you are probably going to be bitterly disappointed with this film.
Clearly a major strength of this film is the stellar caste, which in addition to Hopkins has Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson, Mary-Louise Parker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anthony Heald, and Mary Beth Hurt (add to the list Ellen Burstyn as the voice of Grandma Dolarhyde). But what makes this film work is its intelligence, for which Harris and Tally get the credit. Will Graham is an intelligent man, an F.B.I. profiler who constantly shows throughout this story that he has a gift for saying the right thing, whether he is talking to Lecter, a room full of police officers, the head of a company, or the Red Dragon himself. Yes, he has been scarred psychologically as well as physically by his capture of Lecter, but it is not an incapacitating condition as was the case with Clarice Starling. In "Silence of the Lambs" the climax of the film involved a cinematic commonplace that has always enraged me, when a law enforcement officer has a gun drawn and aimed at a suspect who then manages to get away. I thought the climax of "The Red Dragon" involved an exhilarating series of intelligent, brilliant moves by the good guys.
The other aspect of this story that makes it compelling is that the villain is a monster with a soul. The idea of a serial killer falling in love, struggling to thwart the demonic voices and try to stop his descent into hell is brilliant. The circle becomes complete when you notice that all of the main characters in this film are complex; granted, not as complex as the Red Dragon, but enough that the actors reading this script would be drawn to the parts. But the ability of the villain to be surprising is critical because usually in the final analysis it is the villain that makes the film. Again, this underscores the fact that Lecter is not the villain of the piece. But he was in "Hannibal," and look how well that film was received. Here we are back to the pivotal idea that even when this character is bound and gagged in a cell he is still capable of killing you.
Ultimately Hannibal Lecter remains the problematic element in the film; more often that not his scenes are suggestive if not outright reminiscent of scenes from "Silence of the Lambs." One of the obvious questions that springs to mind is whether Hopkins's Lecter would have made as big of an impact if "Red Dragon" had indeed been the first of the reconstituted trilogy. Ultimately the answer has to be "no," but because this is clearly a prequel made fully cognizant of the film that comes after it. To appreciate how difficult this is to pull off look at other recent prequels such as "Gods and Generals" and either of the two Star Wars films. The argument here is not that "The Red Dragon" is a better film than "The Silence of the Lambs," but that it is a worthy successor to that classic film, even if it takes place first.
Final Note: The commentary track with Ratner and Tally is well worth a second viewing of the film, more so in terms of tidbits about the production than analytical insights into the adaptation. The rest of the DVD extras are at least average, but the commentary is the big attraction here.
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