Movie Review: Hannibal Rising

If you’ve never been a fan of Silence of the Lambs, then you probably wouldn’t know the character Hannibal Lecter. In Hannibal Rising, the insanely genius but off-kilter character of the previous four books by Thomas Harris is covered in a prequel history fashion to explain why the young boy turned into the madman serial killer.
The brilliance of acting by Gaspard Ulliel really brings out the craziness of the Hannibal, but also why he became the way he was. In all respects, what Hannibal goes through is much like PTSD for soldiers. A human being can only bear so much before they just lose some part of their humanity along the line and become crazed. Hannibal’s story is definitely one that exceeds many of the other movies with the same character. Unfortunately, this movie didn’t do as well in the box office, probably do to the fact that this thriller of a serial killer just isn’t as scary as the gore-ridden horror movies of this time. But from my perspective, I loved Hannibal Rising (Unrated Widescreen Edition) [affiliate] when it came in the mail.
It also costars Gong Li as Lady Murasaki Shikibu. Gong Li is not only one of the most successful Chinese actresses, but she is also said to be one of the most beautiful. With her break with director Zhang Yimou, 1987 that shot her off to her amazing acting career that presently is capped with Hannibal Rising.