Between Anthony Hopkins' pop culture-infused performance and Bryan Fuller's brilliant television series, the movie that introduced the world to Hannibal Lecter is often forgotten. But Michael Mann's Manhunter deserves another look. Based on the novel Red Dragon, Mann's adaptation cuts out much of the plot in favour of mood and atmosphere. In other words this is a perfect example of style over substance. And that style is pure 80s. Manhunter is definitely a product of its time and not everything has aged particularly well. The first half dealing with Will Graham's obsessive nature is perfectly constructed, with Mann creating an extremely suspenseful and surreal mood complimented by William Petersen's performance. When the story shifts to serial killer Francis Dollarhyde it loses momentum. Just about all of Dollarhyde's backstory and motivation has been left out, robbing the character of his depth and impact (despite a creepily effective job by Tom Noonan). And then there's Brian Cox as Hannibal, who manages to make a great impression with only ten minutes of screen time. Mann's camerawork and use of music create an uneasy, almost dream-like atmosphere. And while it's unfortunate he leaves out much of the novel's plot and graphic violence, the film still manages to make quite an impact. Not everything works, but the positives greatly outweigh the negatives and I highly recommend it.