Red Dragon (2002)

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, Harvey Keitel, Mary-Louise Parker

Directed by: Brett Ratner

R. 125 mins

An elegant and dark film that, while nothing new, is bolstered by brilliant performances and a chilling script. Based on Thomas Harris’ novel, Red Dragon serves as a prequel to Silence of the Lambs. It begins just as FBI agent Will Graham (Edward Norton) uses his abilities to put away the infamous Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) but in the process he was physically and mentally damaged. Graham retires with his family for a few years until he is called back to help stop the ‘Tooth Fairy’ (Ralph Fiennes), the latest grisly serial killer that can’t seem to be caught. Graham enlists Lecter’s help and thus begins the thrilling man-hunt. Known for his comedies, Brett Ratner has directs smartly and makes this unnecessary venture quite entertaining. Unlike Silence of the Lambs, there isn’t much depth here but it’s hard to resist the solid performances and chilling tale – * * * 1/2 

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