Red Dragon mini-review (no spoilers)

Last night there was a free showing of Red Dragon at DOC, our campus film theater. Red Dragon, for those of you not in the know, is the prequel to Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. I'd say Red Dragon was better than Hannibal, but not as good as Silence of the Lambs. It was very entertaining, and well worth the $0.00 (but 2 hours standing on line) I paid to see it.

One question: In Hannibal, Hannibal Lecter is portrayed as a vigilante killer; someone who only kills people with serious moral flaws. In Red Dragon, he twice tries to kill Ed Norton's character, which has no obvious character flaws (to me anyway). If somebody wants to clarify that for me, I'd appreciate it.

In my book, the difference between a good and awesome movie is a University of Chicago reference. Indiana Jones is awesome. Red Dragon, likewise, is awesome, since at one point Hannibal hacks the jail's telephone system to make a call to a Dr. Bloom at the University of Chicago. That was quite excellent. Everyone in the theater applauded.

See also: NY Times article on Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Hannibal Lecter

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