Books and Movies Reviews

Red Dragon

In both movies The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon there are many similarities and differences.The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon are both part of a trilogy.The Silence of the Lambs was thefirst to be released and Red Dragon was the last, however Red Dragon is a prequel to movie because the events and time take place prior to The Silence of the Lambs.A few good comparison points of the two movies are main characters, plot, and actors.
In The Silence of the Lambs most of the scenes take place in a mental institution where the main character Hannibal Lector is held captive.Hannibal gives the FBI information on the serial killer Buffalo Bill.In the Red Dragon film Hannibal is not yet in the institution.Instead of helping the FBI, the FBI is after him.Hannibal, being a very well educated man, plays with the FBI until he is caught.Therefore, most of the movie takes place outside of the asylum where in The Silence of the Lambs the asylum is the main scene.
In both movies the same actor, Anthony Hopkins, plays the character of Hannibal Lector.In The Silence of the Lambs Hopkins did an extremely well job playing the part.His real personality fit the description of the character very well.However, in the prequel Hopkins's age difference was a major drawback.The movie was released about 10 years after the original so Hopkins had to act even younger at a much older age. Even though this task seems difficult he still made an outstanding performance.
Both movies also included different serial killers.In The Silence of the Lambs, Buffalo Bill killed his victims and kept their skin to make a "human suit."To Bill, this suit was to be a personal transformation of identity.Like Bill, the Red Dragon killer was also making a transformation.The Red Dragon suffered a childhood mental illness in which his escape was to become his childhood comic hero&qu


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