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Manhunter

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The Rock

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris, John Spencer
director:
Michael Bay
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C

Michael Mann returned to scenes of crime with his third film, Manhunter. This adaptation of the Thomas Harris best-seller Red Dragon has gained a cult rep as the better of the two films that feature the character of Hannibal Lecter. It shouldn’t be oversold, though: It’s creepier but less flashy than Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs. William L. Petersen plays another terse Mann’s man, an ex-detective with a knack for thinking like a serial killer, but it’s Tom Noonan who burns up the frame as Petersen’s primary prey, one of the freakiest madmen Hollywood has ever given us. Still, Mann’s aural/visual aesthetic rules the movie; you’ll never listen to ”In-a-Gadda-da-Vida” without locking the doors again. B+

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