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Curious filmgoers looking to get better acquainted with the silver screen's most notorious cannibalistic serial killer are sure to get their fair share of shocks and thrills as director Peter Webber teams with author Thomas Harris to explore the early life of well-read psychopath Hannibal Lecter. Based on author Harris' gruesome novel of the same name, Hannibal Rising travels back in time to World War II-era Lithuania, where an impressionable, well-to-do young boy named Hannibal (Gaspard Ulliel) was forced to watch helplessly as his family was massacred and his young sister suffered a terrifying fate at the hands of desperate, famished soldiers. After seeking temporary shelter at the Soviet orphanage that was once his family's home, Hannibal later flees to Paris in search of his long-lost uncle. Though his uncle has passed away, his uncle's beautiful Japanese widow, Lady Murasaki (Gong Li), warmly accepts the frightened orphan into her home. But even the love and kindness of this generous stranger isn't enough to calm the raging storm that is brewing inside this troubled young boy. Plagued by nightmares and determined to seek vengeance on the murderous war criminals who brutalized his family, the profoundly disturbed but academically gifted Hannibal enrolls in medical school in order to hone the skills that will allow him to exact horrific justice.~Jason Buchanan
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Hannibal Lecter: The Origin of Evil
Commentary by director Peter Webber and producer Martha de Laurentiis
Designing Horror and Elegance with production designer Allan Starski
If you ever wondered what in God's name could have happened to the good Doctor to make him "Whatever" he is watch this film.
A twisted, mind blowing and sometimes just freak you out explanation of his young life, will tell you exactly how he rose from the depths of hell.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Not bad... For a prequel.
Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.
It's kind of like if TAKEN starred Hannibal instead of Leim. He's got a particular set of skills. He will find you. And he Will eat you... But not until after he schools you on rude you have been to his Aunt.
This is another great movie involving Hannibal Lecter. Giving the viewer information about how Hannibal grew up. Who would of guessed that Hannibal had a sister. After watching this film we know why Hannibal killed for the first time.