Great Stuff. Sod the critics. What do they know anyway?
A sequel to Silence of the Lambs. After an FBI operation doesn't go
according to plan and attracts much negative publicity, Agent Clarice
Starling is reassigned. She must now track down Hannibal Lecter, who
escaped from her custody several years previously. Meanwhile, Lecter is
living in Italy. However, an Italian policeman has worked out who he
is. One of Lecter's victims (of sorts), Mason Verger, is also out to
track him down...
There was no way this was ever going to come close to the quality of
Silence of the Lambs. For a good part of this movie, however, director
Ridley Scott does give it a good try. The set up was a bit slow but
once things started coming together, the moving was quite enthralling.
At no stage does it have the psychological aspects and tension of
Silence of the Lambs, but it was interesting nevertheless.
The conclusion ruins some of this good work, however. The wrap up with
the one foe seems rushed, and too easy. Then the wrap up with the other
is drawn out too much and has goriness just for the sake of goriness.
Throw in a few implausibilities, contrivances and a very shallow
attempt at a psychological or philosophical reason for what is going on
and the ending is very disappointing.
Good work by Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore (replacing Jodie
Foster) in the lead roles. Ray Liotta is a quite hammy as Krendler (or
maybe his character was just written very badly - could be both). Gary
Oldman is in the cast too, but you definitely won't recognise him...
Overall, it's okay, but could have been a lot better.