To complete the Lecter trilogy the producers returned to the first novel and remade Mann's 'Mindhunter'. I've never seen that film all the way through so I can't compare. However this is an effective suspense thriller that enjoys taking the best elements from 'Silence'. Hopkins' Lecter was always more effective when he was contained and so it proves here. He's not as terrifying as 'Silence' but some of the terror is restored after the operatic but slightly dull 'Hannibal'. The rest of the cast is full of amazing actors and Fiennes and Watson in particular are great. Their scenes produce the best tension in the film. If you've seen any of the 'Hannibal' TV series you'll enjoy the beginning of the film although Hopkin's Lecter is much more pantomime than Mads' version. Ratner is a capable director and although there's nothing flashy in the film the story is told well and is a worthy addition to the series.
I really enjoyed the first film and The Avengers gave me hope that Captain America would fit well into the modern age. Thankfully this film shows that the Cap works brilliantly in the here and now. The film plays like a 70's political thriller and for most parts of the film the plot maintains a strong level of reality. The Winter Soldier is a strong villain that can stand toe to toe with Steve Rogers and it's nice to give Jackson and Johansson more to do this time. It all goes a little silly towards the end but what can you expect from a superhero film!
The film looks like one of Hammer's classier efforts and the horror is downplayed in favour of 'Doctor Who'-like sci-fi. It's got a good reputation but I didn't enjoy it as much as some of the simpler horror vehicles from the studio and missed the presence of Cushing and Lee. Not my favourite Hammer then but a good effort.
This film shouldn't work at all. It doesn't have much of a story and the whole dial up internet thing is incredibly dated. However Hanks and Ryan sell it beautifully and you can't help but root for them. Ryan is very similar to her 'When Harry Met Sally' persona but it's Hanks who has the harder role of playing a potentially unlikeable character. It's also nice to see him relaxing into a comedy role again after so maybe Oscar-worthy films. This is one of those films that you'll end up watching again and again when it turns up on TV.