"Red Dragon" by Yojimbo
Yojimbo - wrote on 05/21/12
The third of the modern Lecter franchise is a prequel to Silence Of The Lambs, and features his capture at the hands of the FBI, and the events leading up to Clarice's visit. And those events could have featured in any one of a hundred other serial killer movies. The big name cast is the only thing that marks this film above every production line made-for-TV mediocrity that populates our small screens. For me, the Lecter films are at their best when he is on the loose; Hopkins is hardly in this, and beyond the initial scene (which is EASILY the best of the film) does little more than make glib remarks and pop psychological analyses in a silly accent. Otherwise it's wall-to-wall cliches and uninteresting characters in situations that you've seen a million times before. On the whole, it's nothing more than an efficiently executed film without an ounce of inspiration or imagination on display.