ManhunterFBI Agent Will Graham is brought out of retirement to try and capture a serial killer, The Tooth Fairy.  In order to crack the case Will Graham must use the help of a killer, Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter.  Agent Graham was originally a victim of Lecter, one of the few who survived.  The way he caught Dr. Hannibal Lecter was to start to think like a psychopath, which after doing so he ended up not being able to make those thoughts leave his mind.  He said he’d never do anything like that again, but this time he’s afraid that with him trying to catch The Tooth Fairy, he must use the help of Hannibal, all while he tries to remain sane and keep those thoughts that harmed him once before, away.

I had put this movie off for sometime now.  I remember hearing that it was the original movie that featured Hannibal Lecter, whereas a lot of people still think that Silence of the Lambs is the original.  But the story actually started back in 1986 with “Manhunter.”  Since I grew up with Anthony Hopkins playing Hannibal, I was afraid of how Brian Cox would play Hannibal, and if he pulled it off.  Well, I recently purchased the DVD and I am glad that I did.  The character of Hannibal Lecter isn’t in it but for maybe 3 scenes.  This movie doesn’t revolve around him at all.  The Tooth Fairy is a very disturbing serial killer.  The character was developed very well.  Brian Cox didn’t pull off the role of Hannibal Lecter very well.  He didn’t have the feel that Hopkins placed in the character.  He did prove himself to be a very intelligent person, but didn’t pull of being a psychopath very well.  But that really didn’t matter since the movie is really about Will Graham and The Tooth Fairy.  This movie is very suspenseful and very entertaining.  I didn’t find it boring at all.  This movie is a very good movie and at some parts often better then Silence of the Lambs.  The ending is amazing.  If there is a series that is the best made, it’s these three movies.  If you’re a fan of Silence of the Lambs or Hannibal, you will love this one.  It’s nice to see where the series started out.  I give this one an 8 out of 10.

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Posted on June 21, 2008

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