The Silence of The Lambs (1991)
July 15, 2012
The Silence of The Lambs
"Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Brilliant. Cunning. Psychotic. In his mind lies the clue to a ruthless killer. - Clarice Starling, FBI. Brilliant. Vulnerable. Alone. She must trust him to stop the killer."
In this multiple Oscar-winning thriller, Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy whose shrewd analyses of serial killers lands her a special assignment: the FBI is investigating a vicious murderer nicknamed Buffalo Bill, who kills young women and then removes the skin from their bodies. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), 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 this case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out. Lecter does indeed know something of Buffalo Bill, but his information comes with a price: in exchange for telling what he knows, he wants to be housed in a more comfortable facility. More important, he wants to speak with Clarice about her past. He skillfully digs into her psyche, forcing her to reveal her innermost traumas and putting her in a position of vulnerability when she can least afford to be weak. The film mingles the horrors of criminal acts with the psychological horrors of Lecter's slow-motion interrogation of Clarice and of her memories that emerge from it.
I usually don't take any interest in old-classic movie, but The Silence of The Lambs as 1992 Oscar winning of 5 nominations (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay) in the rarest genre : psychological thriller, beaten all the odds of Disney's Beauty and The Beast caught my eyes. First thing first, I can say that this based-on-Thomas-Harris-book movie is one best thriller movie I've ever seen, probably ever produced. TSTL is pitch black; so raw, so deep, very intense and mouthsick in such brainiac way.
Hannibal Lecter : "Good evening, Clarice."
With the ever-steady and frowny plot, TSTL finds it way to go into the hole deeper and deeper, uncovering the thick skin of Hannibal Lecter without losing its tense. TSTL is gruesome vivid without being too much exploited with bloods and slaughters. TSTL finds its own 'darkness' with its tough and sharp dialouge and brilliant complexions. And the screenplay with its advantages on detailing the characters is satisfying enough. Not to mention the pitch-black climax between Starling and Buffalo Bill; Starling's unsteady breath and Bill's night-vision glasses, creepy!
Hannibal Lecter : "All good things to those who wait."
TSTL is centered on FBI trainee named Clarice Starling who assigned to interview the psychologist slash nasty slaughterer named Hannibal Lecter, all passed through the high security and isolated level of prison just to seek some closure in order to catch the recent-born slaughterer known as Buffalo Bill. Starling and Lecter's complex relationship between the thick-bulletproof glass is the core of this movie. Lecter is naturally-born psycopath and exceptionally brilliant; it's almost like he can read other people's mind in such persuasive and manipulative way. That blank and dark expression that never leaves his eyes, good-damn-it you're one brilliant actor Anthony Hopkins, flawless! You instantly give me goosebumps with your stare and words only. And for Starling, despite Jodie Foster's young beauty, she's one true honest kid. She's the hero of the story; that look on her face like she could have swollen bugs or something, and that determined eyes, along with I-am-not-afraid stand, brilliant! She's one memorable character. Starling can be fooled enough, it's like we almost believe she actually falls for Lecter's shit. That two surely kind of heroines you'll never find in any other movie.
Hannibal Lecter : "You fly back to school, now, little Starling. Fly, fly, fly..."
Bottom Line, I have no necessary critics for The Silence of The Lambs, because this movie is just too pretty to be scared with.
Hannibal Lecter : "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti."
Hannibal Lecter : "Closer, please. Clo-ser..."