It's not just that "The Silence Of The Lambs" was a tough act to follow. It's just that this movie just wasn't that good. The main fault is that I felt it was too long. Now, I will admit that it does get more interesting near the end, but not enough to like. I actually really do like Mason Verger. I even feel as though he had the right amount of screen time.
I totally believed Julianne Moore replacing Jodie Foster. For a lot of the film, the pacing is pretty poor and it seems too jumbled. I'm reminded of the scene where Mason Verger cuts off his face and dogs eat it. Why didn't Hannibal eat it? Yeah, a pretty unpleasant film, but still hard to take seriously. At least there's some effort. **1/2
The continuing saga of Hannibal Lecter, the murdering cannibal. He is presently in Italy and works as a curator at a museum. Clarice Starling, the FBI agent whom he aided to apprehend a serial killer, was placed in charge of an operation but when one of her men botches it, she's called to the mat by the Bureau. One high ranking official, Paul Krendler has it in for her. But she gets a reprieve because Mason Verger, one of Lecter's victims who is looking to get back at Lecter for what Lecter did to him, wants to use Starling to lure him out. When Lecter sends her a note she learns that he's in Italy so she asks the police to keep an eye out for him. But a corrupt policeman who wants to get the reward that Verger placed on him, tells Verger where he is. But they fail to get him. Later Verger decides to frame Starling which makes Lecter return to the States. And the race to get Lecter begins.
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