A Cultural Horror
SIngli6 - wrote on 06/04/11
An archetypal 'style-over-substance' film, 'Manhunter' festers with the foul contagion of the 1980's, an overindulgent Michael Mann, and spurious meta-physics. With its terrible music, acting, and cinematography (which I could only describe as a ‘bastard love job’ between neo-noir and German Expressionism), this ghastly neon, synthesizer-invested freak show almost achieves the Herculean task of making film criticism seem an onerous duty. The fact that Brett Ratner, perhaps the most mediocre director to ever achieve some measure of prominence within the industry, made an infinitely superior version of this story with 'Red Dragon' should be an acute source of humiliation for the director of 'Heat' and 'The Insider'.
At least William Petersen's Will Graham is an intriguing protagonist.