Red Dragon (2002) Movie Review

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Red Dragon (2002)

2002 | R | Thriller, Drama, Crime
124 minutes / 2h 04min

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Red Dragon Plot Synopsis:

3 Years after retiring from the FBI because of a near-fatal encounter with Hannibal Lecter, who was helping him catch the "Chesapeake Ripper", only to reveal it was Hannibal himself, Will Graham is asked by his ex-partner Jack Crawford to come solve one last case - 2 slaughtered families every full moon. They have 3 weeks until the next full moon to find the madman, but an innocent blind woman has found him first... Will Graham must risk his family's security and his own safety to track down this one last murderer - the epitome of all evil - The Red Dragon.

Red Dragon (2002) Review

Brett Ratner directed Red Dragon (2002) off the novel by Thomas Harris winning 4 movie awards and was nominated for 10 more. Red Dragon has a huge $78 million estimated movie budget which took in $93.1 million at the US box office.

Red Dragon stars Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Edward Norton as the Ex-FBI agent Will Graham. Dr. Hannibal Lecter helps Will Graham track down a new serial killer going by as the Tooth Fairy (Ralph Fiennes).

The cast of Red Dragon is amazing and features many top-shelf actors. The screenplay writer Ted Tally shows that he tried to stay as close to the source material as possible for this prequel to The Silence of the Lambs film.

Dr. Lecture plays his usual slick as a snake role with Graham but never quite reached the level portrayed in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Red Dragon plays more like a detective story than the riveting crime chase of cat and mouse it should have been. The scene where Lecter’s cell is searched for signs and clues as to how he is communicating with the Tooth Fairy aka Francis Dolarhyde is a great movie scene.

Red Dragon is one of those films where you will either love it or hate it. I stand a little more towards the side of liking but still not loving Red Dragon.

  • Red Dragon Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.78
  • IMDB: 7.2
  • MetaCritic: 6.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.8

About Red Dragon 2002

Title: Red Dragon
Year: 2002
Runtime: 124 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Reviewer: Score: 3.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.39/5 stars from 226,112 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 226,112 MPAA Rating: R
Red Dragon Cast Starring: Frankie Faison, Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Reynolds, Robert Randolph Caton, Frank Langella, Andreana Weiner, Ken Leung, Tyler Patrick Jones, Tanya Newbould, Madison Mason, John Rubinstein, Emily Watson, Ellen Burstyn, Jeanine Jackson, Aaron Michael Lacey, Christopher Curry, Dwier Brown, Michael Cavanaugh, Mary Beth Hurt, Markus Alexander, Robert Curtis Brown, Norman Fessler, Bill Duke, Alex D. Linz, Ralph Fiennes, Tom Verica, Mark Moses, Harvey Keitel, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Brenda Strong
Red Dragon Writers: Thomas Harris, Ted Tally
Red Dragon Director: Brett Ratner
Box Office: $92,930,005
Production: Universal Pictures
Language: English, French
Country: Germany, USA