Movie Review: The Silence of the Lambs

Details: Released in 1991. About two hours long. Stars Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney.

The Silence of the Lambs is another one of those movies which I’ve seen piecemeal many times, but never in its entirety in one sit-through. I decided to change that today and I will join the consensus in saying that this is one of the greatest movies of its genre ever made.

The Silence of the Lambs is about fledgling FBI agent Clarice Starling and her efforts in trying to apprehend a serial killer, nicknamed “Buffalo Bill.” In order to do so, she goes to an imprisoned serial killer, Hannibal Lector, in order to gain clues and get into the mind of Buffalo Bill.

This film works on a lot of levels. First and foremost, the performances are fantastic. There are only two real performances worth mentioning and that is of Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. Foster appears truly perturbed and horrified by her circumstances, and who can blame her. Hannibal Lector is one of Hopkins’ most famous roles and watching this film makes it obvious why. Hopkins is terrifying, creepy in a way that get under your skin. Even though Hopkins’ character is imprisoned, you always get the feeling that Hannibal Lector is the one in control and that all the other character are perpetually at his mercy. It’s a great performance.

Cinematography is also great. The way they filmed the conversations between Foster and Hopkins are definitely worth mentioning. There are also some other scenes that are unique and do a good job ratcheting up the tension. I won’t spoil those for you.

Overall, this is a great movie. It’s clear to me that not only was it well thought out, the subject matter of law enforcement and the psychology of killers seem well researched. This is a movie I can easily recommend to any adult with the stomach for it.

Score: 8/10

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