A raw `in your face' thriller, “Hannibal: The Silence is Broken,” serves audiences with a well-done insight into the life of a sociopath. Picking up 10 years after the multiple Academy Award winning “Silence of the Lambs,” this sequel, based on Thomas Harris's novel, brings a type of gore to the screen that was before primarily left only to the imagination.
Sir Anthony Hopkins returns to the silver screen as Hannibal `the Cannibal' Lector to eat moviegoers alive. The surprising role of Mason Verger (Gary Oldman), Lector's one and only surviving victim, required immense amounts of make up. The mutilated part of Oldman provided a twist on the villainy throughout the movie with his vengeance and obsession with Dr. Lector. The film begins with the well-known mouth mask Hannibal wore while incarcerated, which was bought for a grand total of $250,000 by Verger.
Oscar winner Julianne Moore, from such flicks as “Boogie Nights,” replaces Jodie Foster as FBI agent Clarice Starling. Unlike the first film, in which Hannibal was confined to a maximum security cell, suitable for a criminology course, the sequel falls under more of a strict horror genre. This more horror natured film takes on almost a “Beauty and the Beast” prototype where a mutual respect and subtle romance exists between Lector and Starling.
“Hannibal” might not be suitable for folks with weak stomachs and a tendency to get woozy at the sight of blood, especially during the brain-boiling finale. For horror fans, and generally to anyone desensitized enough to handle blood, and literally guts, it is one that might be worth going to for seconds.