Red Dragon
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Red Dragon 2002

A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer; aiding him is imprisoned criminal genius Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter...

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what an amazing movie. Anthony Hopkins superb as ever and a strong cast to back him up all round from Edward Norton to ralph finnes. thank god I got it on DVD. just had to add it to my collection. for anyone thinking about watching this movie, watch it you wont be disappointed.
@Hardgrind I always find that Ralph Fiennes makes an excellent "Bad guy" in every "bad guy" role that he plays.
In my opinion, if it was anyone else playing Dolarhyde, It wouldn't have been as good of a movie. That said, I could say the same about every other actor & actress in 'Red Dragon'.
Absolutely brilliantly casted - Probably why it's one of, if not, the best film of 00's :)
i liked this movie alot, it held my intrest from the moment it began till the very end. Similar to the silence of the lambs, but i think if u have not seen that movie, you will still like this one. 3thumbs up:)
Following the phenomenal success of The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, Anthony Hopkins returns as brilliant madman Hannibal Lecter in this thriller based on the novel in which author Thomas Harris introduced the character. It is a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Not as good as The Silence Of The Lambs, but definitely besting the risible Hannibal, Red Dragon is a thoroughly entertaining, efficiently mounted thriller.
Another one that almost made it into my top 10. Directed by Brett Ratner in 2002, starring Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes and Phillip Seymour Hoffman among others. 'Red Dragon' is yet another instalment in the Hannibal Lector franchise, but after the disasterous 'Hannibal' (how could you Ridley?) it shines through all the scruitany. 'Red Dragon' is adapted from Thomas Harris' novel of the same name, and was orignally filmed in 1986 as 'Manhunter' starring William Peterson. I did not care for 'Manhunter', even with the Iron Butterfly soundtrack and perversly sedated Dr. Lector.
The Low Down: After having caught Lector (recieving a stab wound and a mental breakdown along the way), Detecive Wil Grahman retires from police/public life to fix boatmotors with his family on the Florida coast. He is drawn back into the limelight when his old boss Crawford (Harvey Kietel) asks for his help regarding a serial killer (Fiennes). Hopkins is along for the ride as a consultant to Graham, helping to develop a portriat of the psychopath.
Hopkins recieved alot of bad press for his re-hash of the Lector role, alot of comments saying that he needed to move on etc. But I think most of them were unneccissary. Hopkins is fine as the canniablistic Doctor, it feels as if he is enjoying himself - so let him have fun and entertain us at the same time. The new faces (Kietel as Crawford, Norton, Hoffman) around Lector are wondefully refreshing, and they all seem to work with one-another perfectly - each complimenting the other. Norton is well cast as the humble detective, and gives a performace worthy of note. Hoffman is excellent, as always, and his obnoxious and repulsive Journo is commendable. He seems to always pick up 'slob' roles - as in 'Happiness' and 'Cold Mountain' - I hope he stays away from the type-cast precipes. 'Magnolia' showed us what he is capable of.
Fiennes is also well (but oddly so) cast as the freak-on-a-leash Francis Dollarhyde - the murderer struggling with his inner normality.
With most murder-mysteries I get bored after the second sitting, knowing what's going to happen is the most irratating thing known to man. But with 'Red Dragon' I saw it multiple times at the cinema, and now watch it whenever I'm bored - and when I watch it I always find it enormously entertaining.
Take out the three main actors and this film could have become a good comedy. I will never understand how Anthony Hopkins could accept this role "again" (maybe he just needed some money) Story is very cheap and rotten. Storytelling is confused in itself (producers would probably claim that it was the curiosity/excitement teasing effect but nevermind), they swap the main topic of the film continuously which gives the impression that producers and the director could never agree upon a solid screenplay and had endless debates as the film was being made. "Let's bring Hannibal more into front" "No, no let's work on killer's motives a bit more" "How about the cop, he should be the main character" As a result they try to touch many things but they leave them unfinished and cause a huge dissatisfaction. What a waste of time to watch this movie. One of the gayest films I have ever seen in the last a couple of years. 2 points are only because of the good actors.
saw it twice
title: Red Dragon
language: English
rating: 9

Another great film in the Hannibal Lecter series. This one is just as good as Silence of the Lambs. It is a great detective story with good performances by everyone involved.
Best in Show: Ed Norton
One for the future: Emily Watson
Brainer or no-brainer: Brainer
Stands up to one viewing or repeated?: Repeated
DVD commentary any good?: Ratner and Tally's is good

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A fan of Manhunter, I wasn't too enthused when it was announced that producer Dino De Laurentis was to back a second adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel. It all smacked too much of a cynical cash-in to reap back some of the money he lost when he allowed Silence of the Lambs to be made by another studio. When I saw the quality of the cast he assembled for it however, I knew it was a must-see even if I wasn't going to rush to see it on its theatrical release. My second reservation was a major one: the dreamboat Ralph Fiennes as Dolarhyde? But then again it is feasible that even if Harris didn't write it that way, Dolarhyde could have been good-looking but burdened with a severe lack of self-esteem and the mental scars of an abusive childhood. The film is certainly polished and it has the Hannibal primary colour cold assurance feel to it, but it's nowhere near as good as Silence of the Lambs. Director Ratner, who started out doing music promos equits himself competently but without any real standout flourishes. Whereas Manhunter concentrated on Will Graham's story at the expense of Dolarhyde's, here they're on more of an equal footing. I'd already read the book so was already primed for the twists and turns which maybe reduced its impact for me. Worth seeing for the stellar ensemble cast alone - as it says on the commentary, one of the finest assembled over the last twenty years.
That is why this movie is much closer to being on par with "Silence of the lambs" than "Hannibal" is. They showed none of the graphic violence distributed by our title character but just the aftermath, leaving our imagination to soar as our investigator (Edward Norton) figures out the crimes.

The characters are extremely well developed and each portrayed triumphantly by a massive cavalcade of stars including Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson, Ralph Fiennes and, of course, Sir Anthony Hopkins reprising his role as everyone's favourite sauve cannibal.

Starting with how Dr.Lecter was caught, we go several years later and follow the man who caught him as he seeks out the dillusional "Red Dragon/tooth fairy" serial killer.
The drama and thrills are great as the mystery unfolds and we learn more and more about the psychotic minds at work.
The relationship between Hopkins and Norton reaches slightly to that of Hopkins and Jodie Foster but obviously different.

Some questions are left unanswered about incidents at both the beginning and end of the film but besides those, this would be a perfect thriller.

Now, for the very few readers of my reviews :p I do give out alot of 8's and rave reviews but I assure the numbers are given for personal reasons so if you watch this movie or one like it and say a Kevin Smith movie (which I may give a 9) then my number system might be confusing...just go one at a time.