An FBI specialist tracks a serial killer who appears to select his victims at random.
Please note: This isn't a "new" review, as these discs are exact
double-dips of the Hannibal Lecter Collection, which I reviewed
I've always wanted to see this movie but this viewing was actually my
first time, and let me tell you I enjoyed it. Despite the argument that
this film shouldn't be included in the collection, it is definitely
worth watching and is easily a great little companion piece to the box
set. If you've seen Red Dragon, it's nothing but a slick rip-off of
this film (although it could be argued that they're both novel
To beef up my original review, I'd like to add that this film has great
cinematography. When you get to check out the beautiful manipulations
of light and color, you'll be impressed. This is combined with some
atmospheric locations and set design that help suck you into the film's
story. I don't think there's a lot of argument that Silence of the
Lambs is a superior film, but one could undoubtedly argue that this is
better than Red Dragon, the slicker take on the story. I just felt that
this film was colder and meaner than Red Dragon which always came off
super light to me for some reason.
Michael Mann directed this one, and it seems to show because this one
isn't quite as much of a Lecter flick as it is a more of a cops and
robbers film. Brian Cox does a good job with his interpretation of
Lecter (although it's Lecktor in this one), and the style seems to work
for the script. The best marks go to Tom Noonan, whose portrayal of
Dollarhyde is both chilling and realistic, and Joan Allen's Reba
McClane, the blind love interest. Noonan is easily the standout here,
as his character is a psychopath, struggling for a last grasp at a
normal life (and you never really find out what exactly makes him do
what he does, which adds to the intrigue). You'll undoubtedly alternate
between pity and fear with his character. My only real complaint
is William Petersen's portrayal of Will Graham (coming off a bit too
broad and too wooden for my tastes) and the awful 80's Miami Vice
score. Seriously, this soundtrack has not aged well.
Not a thing.
Coming off more as a thriller than true horror, Manhunter is still a well made film. Sure, its dated but sports some awesome performances (especially Noonan) and some great cinematography.