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Edition No. 69

Date:- 11 October 2002

Film review:- Red Dragon


Brett Ratner new film Red Dragon is not to be missed.  Not as funny/sick as the other films in the series of  Hannibal films, but still just as entertaining... Sounds tasty? Ssssssss......

As the tagline says, it starts the film at the looking at the very beginning as FBI agent Will Graham captures the bad doctor.  The rest of the film is set around Will Graham, played by Edward Norton, trying to solve the case of the "Tooth Fairy".  Stupidly enlisting the help of  Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal".  Anthony Hopkins plays a very good role as the Dr. and is still after all this time just as menacing.  Unfortunately Ralph Finnes steals the lime light with his chilling performance as the red dragon, who turns out to be Francis Dolarhyde.  Sorry for saying that, but it will not spoil the plot.  It does not however have the same twists and turns as the other films and as I mentioned it is somewhat lacking of sick bad taste humor.  This is a good start for the October Chiller Session and it should knock all competition from the "Scream Team" film coming out later on... 

Over all the acting was spot on, good effects, when used and very good cinematography.  Over all 5 out of 5....  Take your lover to see this one on the 31st!!!

Film Review by Patrick Trollope

Directed by:- Rob Bowman.

Writing credits:- 
Ted Tally (screenplay)
Thomas Harris (novel)

for violence, grisly images, language, some nudity and sexuality.

Images © 2002 Universal Studios all rights reserved. 

Cast credits. First credits only:- 

  • Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, Edward Norton as Will Graham, Ralph Fiennes as Francis Dolarhyde, Harvey Keitel as Jack Crawford, Emily Watson as Reba McClane, Mary-Louise Parker as Molly Graham, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Freddy Lounds, Anthony Heald as Dr. Frederick Chilton, Ken Leung as Lloyd Bowman, Frankie Faison as Barney, Tyler Patrick Jones as Josh Graham, Lalo Schifrin as Conductor, Tim Wheater as Flautist, John Rubinstein as Dinner Guest & David Doty as Dinner Guest.

Our verdict 5 stars out of five stars 
Film Age Rating In The UK:-  

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