Hannibal Rising

Rated NR

I thought that this film would be an early front-runner for the worst of 2007: another Hannibal Lecter movie arriving with little fanfare. Well, director Peter Webber has made a good-looking yet ridiculous and unnecessary movie that is far from terrible, but still not successful. The film shows the origins of the cannibal serial killer formerly played by Anthony Hopkins, played here by Gaspard Ulliel. The movie’s failures are mostly due to a terrible screenplay by Thomas Harris. While Harris has written all of the Lecter novels, this is his first crack at writing a screenplay, and its lousiness is proof that the author has lost all sense of creativity. Lecter is an all-time-great horror villain, and part of his creepiness was the mystery behind his motives. A film that tries to say he became a cannibal because he once (accidentally) ate a family member is just ludicrous. Still, Webber made a good-looking movie.

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