The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the LambsThe Silence of the Lambs

To enter the mind of a killer she must challenge the mind of a madman.

19911 h 59 min

Clarice Starling is a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.

Title The Silence of the Lambs
Director Jonathan Demme
Release Date 1 February 1991
Runtime 1 h 59 min
Budget $19,000,000
Movie Media
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Excellent
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My opinion : From the first 5 minutes I knew I was in for a very good film. From the first 10 minutes a great film, and finally the next hour and a half of so a cinematic masterpiece. In the first act TSOTL shows no signs of slowing down, moving swiftly from scene to scene and building up the mystery as well as the intimidation of Hannibal Lecter, our main antagonist. Clarice Starling (FBI Agent) will spend during the duration of this film interrogating the psychologically tormenting manipulative monster that is Hannibal Lecter (played beautifully by Anthony Hopkins) in the hopes of finding information surrounding the skinner and serial killer, Buffalo Bill who still walks among the streets. The second act proves not as capable as the first but remains thoroughly enjoyable as we see both Clarice and Hannibal engage in discussion, which leaves the director plenty of room to put in some genuinely captivating dialogue, and though it is captivating, I found it somewhat lacking from perfection. But alas, the film remained enjoyable and filled with scenes of interest as well as some brightly intelligent moments. Now the third act catches up on what the second act does and makes for one of the most suspenseful third acts in cinema, with scene after scene of horror and tension, doing what a true crime film should be doing. And finally we are left with an incredibly well done cliff hanger as if, a ghost was disappearing in the mist. Proving to me that The Silence Of The Lambs, though lacking in the second act, functions as a true masterpiece of crime and thriller as well as a splendid tour de France performance by Anthony Hopkins who revivified his character, as well as other performances such as Jodie Foster as Clarice Sterling and Ted Levine as Buffalo Bill. 93/100

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