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Those in the know have always been aware that Manhunter, Michael Mann's version of Thomas Harris' book Red Dragon, was not only one of the great moody thrillers of the late 805, but far superior to Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs. which in its turn was better than its hysterical sequel Hannibal. Franchises, however, have their own in-built contracts, which in turn gives actors and novelists the chance to sell their wares twice (or more) over.

And so we have the Lambs prequel. Edward Norton takes the role of Will Graham (originally played by Will Peterson) and Hollywood hack Brett Ratner directs. Most importantly, there’s a really camp (Welsh) dragon here in the form of Anthony Hopkins. playing (unconvincingly) a younger Lecter.

Lecter is helping Graham create a psychological profile of the Tooth Fairy (Ralph Fiennes). a serial killer who likes to place mirrors in the eyes of his victims. But does Lecter, hidden deep in his Victorian style cell, have an ulterior motive? It‘s all very watchable, occasionally a bit scary and has some great support performances. But what Mann turned into a chamber piece of tone and mood limps out here as little more than a gothic platform game. (Paul Dale)

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