Movie: Hannibal Rising

I finally managed to catch a commercial for this and I can’t wait to see it. Below is a little summary that I found at

In ‘Red Dragon’ we learned who he was. In ‘Silence of the Lambs’ we learned how he did it. Now comes the most chilling chapter in the life of Hannibal Lecter – the one that answers the most elusive question of all – why?

‘Hannibal Rising’ marks the first time in the award-winning series, best selling author Thomas Harris (“Red Dragon,” “Silence of the Lambs”) writes the screenplay – reaching back to explore the origins of Lecter’s rage, terror and savagery.

The story begins in Eastern Europe at the desperate end of World War II. For many it was no longer a conflict of nations but one of individual survival – at any cost. A young Hannibal watches from only steps away as his parents’ violently die, leaving his cherished young sister in his care. This horrific moment will soon pale in comparison to the atrocities he is forced to witness and perhaps survive as a result of.

Alone and without any means of support, he is forced to live in a Soviet Orphanage that once served as his family’s beloved home. He flees to Paris to find his uncle has died but his beautiful and mysterious Japanese widow, Lady Murasaki (Gong Li) welcomes him. Even her kindness and love cannot soothe the nightmares and sorrows that plague him. Showing a cunning aptitude for science he is accepted into medical school, which serves to hone his skills and provide the tools to exact justice on the war criminals that haunt him day and night. This quest will ignite an insatiable lust within a serial killer who was not born, but made.

Gaspard Ulliel plays the fearsome Lecter, alongside Gong Li, Rhys Ifans and Dominic West. Peter Webber (‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’) directs

The movie is due out on February 9th. Do any of you plan on seeing it?

~ by B on January 30, 2007.

One Response to “Movie: Hannibal Rising”

  1. i quite possibly found this to be the worst depiction of how a psychopath could be rasied… did the director even watch the first two movies? clearly he didnt pick up any forensic psychology text books… I mean… was he trying to justify the fictional actions of Hannibal Lector… i don’t think its possible to legitmately justify the killings (and cannibalism) of multiple people… as soon as you justify it anyway, you remove anything that made him scary in the first place… I hate to rabbit on… but that movie really pissed me off. Absolute garbage..

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