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Silence of the Lambs, based on the novel The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris: a Film Review

Synopsis:

A new serial killer has popped up.  “Buffalo Bill” has killed five victims when we enter the scene. A young trainee agent is sent to speak with the notorious Hannibal Lecter, a psychologist who is committed to an asylum for the criminally insane after murdering and eating several of his patients.  The agent who sends here on this mission is hoping that she may be able to recover some information that will help the FBI capture Buffalo Bill.

As our trainee, Clarice, begins to seemingly befriend Lecter a senator’s daughter is abducted by Buffalo Bill and the hunt is on.

As Clarice works with the Behavioral Analysis Unit and begins to decipher the clues from both Bill and Lecter himself, she gets deep into the hunt for the killer.  But will she come out of this the same?

General Information:

-Genre: Psychological Thriller

-Creator: based on the book The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

-Length: 118 minutes

-Rating: R (sex and nudity, extreme violence and gore, moderate profanity, realistically intense scenes dealing with stalking and murder)

-Where to Watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, iTunes, YouTube, or find it at your local library

-Main Cast: Jodi Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Anthony Heald, Brooke Smith

-Page of Reference in RPO: 172

Review (contains spoilers):

A decent psychological thriller that sadly doesn’t stand the test of time cinematically in the horror genre.  Or maybe I just watch too many films and true crime items and am just desensitized to the whole idea.

While the story line is well thought out and provocative and both Jodi Foster and Anthony Hopkins give stunning performances in their rolls as Agent and Serial Killer, the cinematography and the designs are thourally 1990s or even 1980s.  which works overall for the idea and the general feel of the film.

Yet when viewed through the lens of modern film which has managed to not only push the agenda when it comes to blood and gore but also on the desensitization of the film goer this just doesn’t seem to hold up anymore.

I remember watching this when I was younger and it frightening me.  But now having literally spent a good portion of my adult life fascinated by serial killers and the inner working of their mind I don’t find this to be a real psychological thriller any longer.

It is intense in places and leaves one feeling slimy when you connect with Lecter…which sadly happens a few times because he is able to showcase a human side even while you know he is manipulating Clarice for some nefarious reason or another. But honestly I’ve been more on edge during an episode of Criminal Minds or the first Saw movie that I was the entire time re-watching this film…

Maybe I will find the book more difficult to get through at my age.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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