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Hannibal Rising

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3.12 /10
Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li, Rhys Ifans
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Directed by: Peter Webber
Written by: Thomas Harris , from his own novel

Released: 2007
Origin: UK/ Czech Republic/ France/ Italy
Colour: C
Length: 120

Given that this was a bad week for sick turkeys, itís a mystery why they didnít cull this along with the others. It would have been a kindness to let this latest outing of Hannibal the Cannibal perish. Thomas Harris Ė who has poorly adapted the script from his own novel - reveals in Hannibal Rising how and why Mr Lecter developed his taste in human cuisine. If youíre interested.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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For those who havenít read the novel, the child Hannibal suffers the trauma of seeing his parents char-grilled by a Russian bomber in World War II. Then he has to watch his little sister being eaten by Lithuanian Nazis. Worse than that, he has to experience the scenery-chewing of Rhys Ifans as the Lithuaniansí leader.

If Ifansí acting wasnít hard enough to swallow, the young man cast as Hannibal Jr Ė the Frenchman Gaspard Ulliel (pictured) - sounds and looks nothing like Anthony Hopkins. And the process by which he learns to gnaw on Nazis is not so much scary as risible.

Director Peter Webber made the stylish art-house pic Girl With The Pearl Earring, but is entirely the wrong man to direct this. It needed someone who would embrace and embellish the gruesome kitsch of Harrisís imagination.

Poor Webber has no feeling for pace or suspense, and tries to make everything less sensationalist and tasteless, with the predictable consequence. Itís no fun at all, and deadly dull. This Hannibal doesnít so much rise to the occasion, as collapse in a heap.

Reggie the Veggie might have been more frightening. Or even Reagan the Vegan.

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