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Red dragon

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Movie propaganda

To understand the origin of evil you must go back to the beginning.

Will Graham (Edward Norton) had a promising career as an FBI agent, specialising in serial killers. Then he encountered and apprehended Doctor Hannibal Lechter (Anthony Hopkins), and the experience almost cost him his life. Now there's a new serial killer on the loose, and there's only one person the FBI can turn to for help in tracking him down: Graham. And there's only one person Graham can turn to for help as well...

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film crime horror cannibal serial killer FBI thriller sequel Hannibal Lechter

Persons of interest

  • Edward Norton .... Will Graham
  • Anthony Hopkins .... Doctor Hannibal Lechter
  • Ralph Fiennes .... Frances Dollarhyde
  • Emily Watson .... Reba
  • Harvey Keitel .... Jack Crawford
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Mary-Louise Parker
  • Thomas Harris .... Author
  • Ted Tally .... Screenwriter
  • Brett Ratner .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Just your everyday serial killer prequel sequel.

The tagline, To understand the origin of evil you must go back to the beginning, is just that: a tagline: designed to hook you in. Red dragon does nothing to expand on the "Hannibal the Cannibal" mythos, it just uses him as bait. After all, Silence of the lambs is a classic so another film about the central character will be just as good, won't it?

No. The rule of thumb for sequels is that it will get worse. The rule of thumb for prequels is that it will get worse and everyone will be younger. Anthony Hopkins' make-up is good: he does look younger. Edward Norton's hair looks like it's been bleached by a bottle-wielding hairdresser. For some reason Mary-Louise Parker's hair has also been dyed. Go figure.

Unfortunately, there's nothing to mark Red dragon apart from any other serial killer thriller that's been churned out by Hollywood in the last decade. The baddy is a loser psycho, the goody is a hard-working family man. The baddy isn't really dead, he's just faking it (twice!) and it will all boil down to one good man against one bad man. Teams in the USA can never solve a crime.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (High level violence, adult themes)

Surveillance time

122 minutes (2:02 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 24 October 2002

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