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Hannibal Rising

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Source: Catholic News Service

Bland and brutal prequel to "Silence of the Lambs" that charts serial killer Hannibal Lecter's origins from his boyhood (played by Aaron Thomas) in Nazi-occupied Lithuania through early adulthood (played by Gaspard Ulliel), tracing his descent from traumatized youth -- having witnessed an unspeakable wartime crime involving his little sister -- to sadistic fiend who tracks down and kills the men responsible (including Rhys Ifans). Director Peter Weber's adaptation of Thomas Harris' fourth Lecter novel eschews psychological suspense for a more exploitative standard revenge formula without ever delving into the complexities of Hannibal's character or exploring the nature of evil, while its attempt to position its deranged protagonist, by pitting him against ex-Nazi-thugs, as a hero of sorts is troubling. Much bloody and sadistic violence, revenge themes with vigilante justice, grisly images including a decapitation, suggested cannibalism, some crude sexual references and a few instances of rough language. The USSCB Office for Film & Broadcasting is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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