Hannibal Rising (2007) is a crime thriller horror film that is the fifth installment of the Hannibal Lecter franchise. The movie is an adaptation of Thomas Harris’ 2006 novel of the same name and is a prequel to the previous three films: Red Dragon (2002), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and Hannibal (2001). Hannibal Rising contains, murders, cannibalism, gore, extreme violence, two non-explicit sexual content that might not be noticeable by younger viewers, bad language, Hannibal Lecter, war criminal, violence against a child, and attempted rape. The movie is 131 minutes and was filmed in Lithuania, Brno, Czech Republic, France and Prague, and the Czech Republic.
Hannibal Rising started by introducing us to eight-year-old Hannibal Lecter in 1941 living in Lecter Castle in Lithuania. Hannibal, his sister and parents sought refuge in their family’s hunting lodge so that they can escape from the German troops. Hitler was invading the Soviet Union which resulted bloodiest front line of World War II. The Soviet Union is in control again after three long years trying to drive the Nazis out of their territory. The Nazi’s were leaving but decided to destroy a Soviet tank they saw. It so happens that the tank was stopping for water by the Lecter’s lodge when the Nazi’s struck causing an explosion that killed everyone except Hannibal and his sister Mischa.
The Lecter Castle was turned into a Soviet orphanage in 1949 and Hannibal was one of the orphans residing there. Hannibal could not deal with living at the orphanage and ran away to live in Paris with his aunt who is a widow. Hannibal killed his first victim, a local butcher that insulted his aunt when he was a teenager. Hannibal was brilliant and was the youngest student ever to be admitted to medical school in France. He soon received a scholarship at a hospital in Paris and where he prepares cadavers. After a few events, Hannibal discovered who killed his sister and what they did to her body. He set out on a journey to find his sister’s remains and give her a proper burial. The movie continues from this point to be a bloodbath with many horrific killings.
Hannibal Rising is an action flick that is the second best in its franchise with a visual masterpiece that will surely wow most open-minded viewers. I was not happy to see the ending of this movie not resembling the book and thought that the writer was very misleading with the ending, disappointed at the ending. The director could not have done a better job directing this movie with the ballet-like choreography. The movie was paced perfectly and the actors performances could not have been better. With all said, I gave this movie a six because it had plot holes that could not be overlooked and minor goofs that cannot be missed. The action scenes was top notch but I could not get over the ending of this movie.
About Hannibal Rising (2007)
Starring: Richard Brake, Marek Vasut, Brian Caspe, Hugh Ross, Ota Filip, Robert Russell, Kevin McKidd, Pavel Bezdek, Charles Maquignon, Todd Kramer, Dominic West, Petr Hnetkovský, Mirek Navratil, Jaroslav Psenicka, Stephen Walters, Jan Nemejovský, Jaroslav Vízner, Paul Ritter, Milos Kulhavy, Gaspard Ulliel, Seon Rogers, Richard Leaf, Vladimír Kulhavý, Václav Chalupa, Joe Sheridan, Matthew Blood-Smyth, Dominique Bettenfeld, Linda Svobodová, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Ivo Novák
Director: Peter Webber
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