I have been a fan of Thomas Harris for many many years and all of his books and always find myself going back to them at some point and this is one of those films you will want to re visit.
Now people have said that Manhunter was the better interpretation as it was a cult classic etc But i find it didnt stick to the book close enough, the main story was changed in places and didnt go in to the man that is Francis Dolarhyde and even changed some characters such as Dr Chilton.
I was sceptical when i first bought this because i had not seen it on tv, Anyway after watching only a few minutes of the film i was sucked in and couldnt believe the accuracy to the book. I was actually suprised to see that Edward Norton pulled off Will Graham with not only a perftect reflection of his book interpretation but now when i read the book i imagine Edward Norton as Graham!.
There are many aspects of the book that need to be kept exactly as they are because they offer anchors in the story which are reviewed in later books, This film is clearly a perfect sequel and the return of Anthony Hopkins as Lector brings that warm feeling of familiarity which sadly i felt Brian Cox didnt bring to Man Hunter as Lektor? (whats that all about?) ,( Still a fantastic actor and legend tho!!!).
Before i sign off i cannot leave without mentioning the Dragon Himself, Ralph Fiennes portrays Dolarhyde so accuraely, The insecue yet almost child like mind of Dolarhyde is portrayed perfectly and along with some of the best lines in the film, you almost believe he is actually becoming .....
I have to say that Ratner has done a fabulous Job of transferring this film to the big screen. A must watch!!!!!!