Written on: 01/12/2006 by Tower Boy (2 reviews written)
This is one of the greatest suspense / thriller films that has ever been made - creepy as heck yet relying more on dialogue and the actors performances to convey the story than blood and guts. This film won many Oscars including a well-deserved one for Anthony Hopkins for his frighteningly realistic portrayal of the psychotic Hannibal Lecter.
The plot - Clarice Starling (Foster) is a young FBI agent who has been assigned the job of tracking down a serial killer that is currently on the loose - Buffalo Bill. In order to help get her man she believes the best way to catch a psycho is to think like one - enter Hannibal Lecter. Agent Starling goes to visit Dr Lecter at the maximum security prison where he is incarcerated and over a number of tense discussions she starts to understand the way that Buffalo Bill's mind works.
This all leads to an incredibly tense game of cat and mouse as Agent Starling closes in on her target. Based on a book by Thomas Harris, this isn't strictly the first film in the series so you may be better watching Red Dragon before this and Hannibal after. Recommended.