| Hannibal Rising (2007) |
Today at the cinema I saw Hannibal Rising , the latest film in the Hannibal Lecter series, this one completing the quadrilogy. This film is a prequel to the other 3 (Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon and Hannibal which all starred Anthony Hopkins) and finally reveals why the infamous cannibalistic sociopath has such a taste for human flesh.
We see Hannibal (French actor Gaspard Ulliel] as a young adult suffering from nightmares of the most horrifying sort, of his family's murder [particularly his sister's) during World War 2. Then we see his transformation in Paris into a monster in spite of the kindness bestowed upon him by his Japanese widowed aunt (Gong Li). He becomes a medical doctor in the process of hunting down those who turned him into what he is fast becoming.
As far as the Hannibal movies go, this film will no doubt ruin your perspective of the others as you find out about his past, which removes the mystery that once surrounded him. The movie itself had good acting and convincing setting - certainly far more than I expected it to be and Ulliel played the repulsive character very well indeed.
Like all the other films, Hannibal Rising has an extremely blatant anti-male message. Save one minor exception, every male character is portrayed as a disgusting animal of a human being and this is shown in a way that has to be seen to be believed. Most notably disgusting are the Russian soldiers who we see harassing and murdering Hannibal's sister Mischa, who is a little girl, when the food supply runs out. Of course there is huge violence against every female character in the film by a sadistic, monstrous man.
This is demonizing of men at its most extreme. It is hard not to despise men in general once you have seen this film even if for a short while. Needless to say, all the women in the film are helpless victims and are shown to be the main force of goodness and light in Hannibal's life. All the men are portrayed as vile, disgusting monsters. (Though one woman does stab a man in the neck, much the same way as in the other Hannibal movies.)
All in all, I would strongly advise against seeing this film especially if you have seen the other films and cannot endure extreme violence. You have been warned!
- Reviewed by: Mr. Doesn'tGiveaDamn
Rated: R in USA, 18 in UK, due to extreme violence and foul language.
Duration: 1 hour & 57 minutes