#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: Former FBI Agent Will Graham, who was once almost killed by the savage Hannibal ‘The Cannibal’ Lecter, now has no choice but to face him again, as it seems Lecter is the only one who can help Graham track down a new serial killer.
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I am not a man. I began as one, but now I am becoming more than a man, as you will witness.
Red Dragon is based on the novel of the same name written by Thomas Harris and is directed by Brett Ratner and written by Ted Tally. It stars Edward Norton, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, Harvey Keitel, Mary-Louise Parker & Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Dante Spinotti is on cinematography and Danny Elfman scores the music.
Red Dragon is a prequel to the hugely successful Silence of the Lambs. The story had already been filmed as Manhunter in 1986 directed by Michael Mann. The signs weren’t particularly good for Red Dragon. The previous year had seen Ridley Scott tackle Silence Of The Lambs follow up, Hannibal, with tepid results. While at the helm here was the director of such fodder as Rush Hour 1&2, and of course Mann’s take on the story is viewed as a grainy and skin itching cult classic. Nice to report then that even tho it’s hardly in the same class as “Lambs,” it’s a willing entertainer that genuinely manages to unease.
Firstly one has to get past the Hannibal Lecter factor to fully enjoy (and dampen expectations) the movie on its own terms. Lecter (Hopkins enjoying himself but going through the motions) is a secondary character. Important? Yes! But still secondary to Norton’s troubled but gifted FBI agent Will Graham and Fiennes bonkers serial killer Francis Dolarhyde (AKA:The Tooth Fairy). Red Dragon is first and foremost a ripping good old detective story, with Ratner and Tally wisely using the bits that made Harris’ novel such a page turning success. They have added their own bits of course N/A, but ultimately it’s a loyal enough telling of a gripping and goose flesh inducing story.
The makers have wisely filled the film out with quality performers. Norton underplays Graham nicely, a character unable to stay away from the job that threatens his family, he becomes an easy guy to root for as things start to get troubling. Fiennes too doesn’t go over the top, in great physical shape and with piercing blue eyes, he exudes menace without resorting to being a cackling caricature. Hoffman was a shoe in for a weasel reporter since he does it so well, while Keitel, tho not having to stretch himself, offers up a stoic turn as Jack Crawford. But the main performance, and sadly unheralded, comes from Emily Watson as the blind Reba. With Reba acting as both a romantic and redemptive foil to Dolarhyde’s split-personality, Watson gets the tough gig, and comes up trumps with an affecting turn featuring the right amounts of spunk, sadness and needy tenderness.
It’s a bit too polished to be a nerve shredder, with Ratner unable to give the film an atmospheric feel befitting the darkness at its core. But it does deliver on the promise of not only that opening segment, but also on Harris’ fine procedural narrative. 7/10
This might seriously be the only good thing Brett Ratner has ever done. I don’t even mean movies he’s made, just like, thing he’s done. Ever. In his life. Doesn’t live up to the book, or to _Silence of the Lambs_ (though that second part took me a while to figure out), but I watch this thing semi-regularly and I haven’t gotten sick of it yet.
_Final rating:★★★½ – I really liked it. Would strongly recommend you give it your time._
A great prequel to the mind blowing “The Silence of the Lambs”…
Red Dragon, while not as good as Silence of the Lambs, lives up to it’s horrific roots exceedingly well and gives us a great look at evil contained.
Red Dragon is set prior to the events in the 1991 classic Silence of the lambs. In this we see how Lecter was captured and incarcerated at the Psych hospital it also introduces to us yet again retired FBI agent William “Will” Graham the man who captures the beast. After Lecter is tried and convicted of 11 murders an sentenced to 9 consecutive life terms, a new serial killer dubiously nicknamed “The Tooth Fairy” and later “The Dragon”. emerges and murders two family in tow different cities a month apart. Naturally this catches the attention of the FBI and they immediately seek out Will Graham(Norton) to help track down this psychopathic mad man. Graham reluctantly agrees to help track down, “Red Dragon.” Red Dragon is brilliant, dark, complex, sadistic, horrific and relentlessly suspenseful it’s one of the best of the series. But the haunting similarities between this prequel and “The Silence of the Lambs” keeps it from being the truly terrifying epic it could have been. Brett Ratner(Director of X-3 and The Family Man) does amazing here directing season actor Anthony Hopkins at his terrifying best. Ratner understands the material and he understands what Lecter is and how he should be played out on screen. The film is well conceived and well played out in every way imaginable it works on some many levels that when your watching it you don’t feel like your seeing a movie but living it. It’s extremely nerve jangling. All in all “Red Dragon” is an amazing piece of film making that is sure to please fans of the series and new comers alike.
Anthony Hopkins is more terrifying and sinister than ever as the diabolical Hannibal Lecter but he is left mostly as a bit player. But the scenes he is in are truly terrifying and solidify that Hopkins is one of the best actor of our generation. Edward Norton is fantastic and at the top of his game in this twisty and mind blowing thriller. Norton’s Will Graham is much more resourceful and more brilliant than William Petersen version of Graham in Michael Mann”s “Man hunter”. Ed Norton use every inch of his genius acting ability to make the character believable and worth watch on screen . Ralph Fiennes steals the show as the malicious and psychotic Tooth-fairy, Fiennes almost outclasses Hopkins and Norton in his role which is sad to see but also amazing at the same time. Fiennes performance truly blows your mind it may also shock you at the same time how crafty and sinister he can be. It’s truly a sight to see. But all in all the cast is truly brilliant and something to admire in this heart stopping psychological thriller.
Brett Ratner’s “Red Dragon” is enthralling in the fact that it draws you into a world you think you know and then completely spin it around on you and gives you something you’ve never seen before. It’s as mind boggling and it is intriguing it will engage you every minute and every second you watch it. It’s one of those films that must be seen not for the characters or the action but for the psychological aspects it relays onto the audience. All in all Red Dragon is one manhunt you’ll want in on.
This first serving of Hannibal may prove to be the best
The movie going public is obviously well acquainted with the most famous serial killer, cannibal, in cinematic history, Hannibal Lecter. In 2002’s ‘RED DRAGON,’ Hannibal is back with force and vengeance, thanks to the brilliant portrayal of Sir Anthony Hopkins and inspired writing of screenwriter Ted Tally. He’s got some of the best lines in the business. ‘RED DRAGON,’ for the most part is a remake of Michael Mann’s 1986 ‘Manhunter.’ Obviously there isn’t a lot of variation between the two since they are both adaptations of Thomas Harris’ book ‘RED DRAGON.’ But that is were the simularity ends. Sure, some scenes are structed the same, but to be fair this latest installment is closer and more true to the novel. For those that read the book or saw ‘Manhunter,’ it’s no surprise that Hannibal had a rather small role. Ted Tally took some license and beefed up the character for some crucial scenes, adding a very interesting and inventive twist. From the onset, we see the capture of Hannibal by FBI Agent Will Graham, played flawlessly this time around by Edward Norton. We are also privy to a rather more intense Lecter, anger and resentment for being caught and put away. Hopkins doesn’t need to do much to convey his distaste for Graham, the true talent of an excellent actor. Lecter is not over the top as many say he was in the third film ‘HANNIBAL.’ But this is really not a Lecter story. It is focused more on Graham and the new killer on the block, Francis Dolarhyde (played to an eeriely perfection by Ralph Fiennes). One not of advisement, if ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’, or ‘Hannibal,’ gave you nightmares, you may not be prepared for ‘Dragon.’ It is absolutely brutal in it’s visuals and psychological mind games. Dolarhyde, aka the ‘Tooth Fairy’ is a brutal serial killer who has killed two families and may be on the hunt for a third. It is this that brings Jack Crawford (Harvey Keitel) on the quest to seek out a retired Graham. Reluctantly, Graham decides to help with the investigation. Graham does possess a certain gift, he can think like the killer. But it does cause a dilemma. The one person that could really give our detective the insight he needs is the one man who tried to kill him, Lector. As Clarice in ‘Silence’ Graham must once again delve into Lecter’s world of the asylum. Frederick Chilton is back as the head of the asylum, again played by Anthony Heald (the ‘old friend for dinner’ guy). Heald is an absolute delight in a awkward sort of way. He’s definetly a one off. Basically, he’s not nearly as smart as he thinks he is. Possibly the most disturbing character of the film is played by Fiennes. He is essentially a sympathetic killer, and yet you really want to see this guy go down. Fiennes is stunning in this role and adds his own spark to the role. Emily Watson plays Fiennes uninformed love interest who happens to be blind, lucky for her. Philip Seymour Hoffman is the sleazy tabloid reporter who in time is destined to get his comupance. It is really unfortunate that the Academy Awards does not hand out status to ensemble casts. If they did, ‘RED DRAGON,’ would probably be the only nomination in the catagory. There hasn’t been a cast like this in many years. There is an equal balance between the three main characters, Lecter, Graham, and Dolarhyde. Lecter was in it just enough to keep it constantly fresh and on edge. Dolarhyde takes it over the edge and Graham brings it subtly back. Brett Ratner as the director did an excellent job in setting the scenes, the creepy atmosphere, and letting the actors do what they do best. This film is a winner all the way around. If any thriller were put up against ‘Silence,’ this may be the one that could surpass it in regards to thrills, chills and just plain excellent storytelling. Though the 4 movies are destined to be lumped together, ‘Manhunter,’ ‘The Silence Of The Lambs,’ ‘Hannibal,’ and now ‘The Red Dragon,’ which is completely understandable, ‘Dragon’ stands on it’s own. And does so extremely well. This movie is obviously not for everyone. There is graphic violence that is disturbing. Yet in this vehicle it is not overplayed as say, your average slasher movie. If you’re going to plunk down your hard earned cash for a movie, ‘Red Dragon,’ is the one. It is a good solid interesting movie that never lets go. Once it’s got you, it’s got you. And that ride starts as the lights in the theater go down. There’s not too many movies that can boast that.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 4 min (124 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director Brett Ratner
Writer Thomas Harris (novel), Ted Tally (screenplay)
Actors Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel
Country Germany, USA
Awards 4 wins & 10 nominations.
Production Company Universal Pictures, Dino De Laurentiis Productions
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Millennium, Panavision Primo, C- and E-Series Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 200T 5274, Vision 500T 5279)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision Premier 2393)