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Hannibal (2001), (R)
CAP Score: 33
CAP Influence Density: 1.60

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NOTE: If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objective and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie


If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

HANNIBAL (R) -- Violently "R." Face-eating "R."

A millionaire child molester patient of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Mason Verger (Gary Oldman) rips off his face and feeds it to a dog while under Lecter's narcotic care. Verger vows to get even with "Cannibal", "eat your wife" Hannibal and tries to feed Hannibal to a trained pack of wild boars but is himself eaten by them instead. That is the gist of this movie. And that is really all that needs to be said, but I'll give you a little more.

While Anthony Hopkins remains as Hannibal Lecter from *Silence of the Lamb*, Jodie Foster is replaced by Julianne Moore as Clarice Starling, an FBI agent who holds the record of the female FBI agent with the most kills ... as if it is the goal of a law enforcement agent to kill as many as possible as a desirable achievement. All the cops I have met and trained -- local, state AND Federal -- were most certainly NOT interested in killing anyone. Another Hollywood misleading maneuver was the portrayal of local police as hotdog cops causing a shootout with the bad guys. In an armed confrontation, Starling ordered all officers to stand down (don't shoot) then a redneck city PD officer opens fire, catalyzing the firefight in which Starling kills a bad guy mother while holding her baby.

Starling spends much of her time studying photographs and files of the victims of Lecter. And so did we as audience patrons. In all gruesome detail. Lecter is now a wealthy art curator in Florence and learning of Starling's investigations of him, proceeds to taunt and tease her to catch him. In a rather complex and intricate way, Verger, promising Starling some never before known information about Lecter, uses Starling as bait to bring Lecter to him. Also caught up in the chase is Florence police detective, Rinaldo Pazzi (Giancarlo Giannini) who tries to capture Lecter not so much for the service to the public but for the $3,000,000 reward. It is Pazzi's wife whom Lecter expresses a desire to eat. Once confronted with Lecter, a bound Pazzi gets sliced by Lecter seconds before a long fall hanging which scatters his bowels on the street below. Since the movies have planted templates of example behavior such as lying down in the street (which two teen boys copied and were killed) let us pray this template never gets used.

Toward the end of the show, after some people are eaten alive by trained boars, Lecter incises the skull cap of a creep politician Paul Krendler (Ray Liotta) who tries to underhandedly shame and discredit Starling. In matter-of-fact sterility, Lecter removes the skull cap from the live Krendler then slices out and fries a piece of Krendler's brain and feeds it to Krendler who enjoys it. Further, after Lecter escapes legal process and flies off into the somewhere sunset, a hungry young boy meets Lecter in the plane. Lecter proceeds to share a slice of a special snack Lecter brought onboard with him -- Lecter claims he cannot stomach airline food. Guess what was the special snack?

Roger Ebert claims "Many still alive will recall when a movie like this could not be contemplated, let alone filmed and released. So great is our sophistication that we giggle when earlier generations would have retched" Never before have I ever seen anything that more confirms what we have on our home page: "We have been so drugged by vulgar extremes that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible."

Foul language was unexpectedly light but vulgar just the same: three uses of the most foul of the foul words plus a number of uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus a great deal of attempts at justifying cannibalism and other aberrant behaviors [Titus 2:6-8]. Clearly leading the scoring loss were violence and murder [Job 34:22; Matt. 7:23]. There were so many issues of these ignominies that to even summarize them here would be voluminous. Sexual matters were mostly not dealing with leading characters but with talk, photography and "art" such as dance and sculpture [Ps. 12:8]. There was a also lot of smoking and use of drugs in *Hannibal* [1 Cor. 6:19]. Please do not rely on this Summary/Commentary for a complete accounting of the findings. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will give you the most complete accounting of ignominy available.


If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Titus 2:6-8 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
  • Job 34:22 There is no dark place, no deep shadow, where evildoers can hide. [from the eyes or justice of God]
  • Matt. 7:23 Then I [the Lord] will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively extreme vulgar and vile entertainment with impunity] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to willingly embrace it].
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? [which makes abuse of the body a sin]

    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.


    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • many displays of very graphic facial scarring
  • flash imagery of gore with nudity
  • graphic gun battle with many deaths
  • self mutilation of the face in sexual perversion
  • human flesh being eaten by a dog
  • man ripping the flesh off a woman's face with his teeth
  • repeated talk of cannibalism
  • many photographs of murder gore with nudity
  • fetish with death and dying
  • graphic injury with gore
  • boars attacking a mannequin as conditioning to kill
  • contracting to kill
  • fetish with hanging
  • hanging "art"
  • binding attack
  • threat of murder by cannibalism
  • threat of murder by slicing into parts
  • threat of murder by hanging
  • slicing to disembowel
  • criminal police activity
  • theft
  • breaking and enterings
  • terrorizings
  • offer to harm for revenge
  • threat of being fed to boars slowly
  • firearms
  • gunfire injury
  • graphic "scalping" to brain
  • cutting into brain of live conscious victim
  • man eating pieces of his own brain
  • gore
  • threat with meat cleaver
  • feeding human brains to a child

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • three uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • massive tattoos
  • using baby as a shield against gunfire
  • lies

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • suggestive eye movements
  • homosexual mannerisms
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • nude drawings
  • sexual talk, some vulgar
  • statue nudity, male - repeated
  • vulgar sexual request and comments
  • lesbianism in opera
  • nudity in opera
  • excessive breast exposure/cleavage

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drug arrest operations
  • drinking
  • smoking
  • drugging to abduct
  • drugging to torture murder

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • four uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and none with it
  • display of the Italian horn
  • implied mental control of animals
  • mockery of giving grace
  • mockery of the crucifixion

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • multiple gunfire murders
  • hiring to do crime to gain evidence resulting in murder
  • hanging murder with gore
  • murder by slicing neck with much gore
  • murder (at least three) by being fed to animals
  • murder by shoving into animal feeding frenzy

    SPECIAL: This is a Special Guest MMMitt Analysis by John Mittler, aka Movie Rat from Finland. Visit MMMitt Analysis for an explanation of their rating codes.

    Presenting guest analyses from MMMitt Analysis is an effort to join together Christians who battle sin in sinema from both continents. On our way to world-wide presence, the CAP Ministry is honored to bring to you the insight of our fellow Soldiers of Finland. John is featuring CAP analyses on his website and will occasionally be sending us his analyses of movies which are playing in Finland, typically before release in the US for the CAP to share with you. Let us welcome MMMitt Analysis with love and in service to our Lord.


    Genre: horror
    Age limit in Finland: 18

    Content rating:
    1a) Female body
    6.4 an opera actress has heavily made up upper body without clothing (shown in small size on the background), the female upper body is also otherwise introduced in close-up very sensually (yet with the centers of breasts covered), naughty pencil drawings, skirt reaches to half thigh

    1b) Male body
    6.6 an opera actor has a loincloth as the only clothing (body heavily made up, shown in small size on the background), otherwise only quick glimpses of man's calves, thighs and back are shown... classic marble statues representing the nude male figure

    2) Violence
    6.1 (***the most violent movie of the year***)
    eating a live human being is shown quite openly and realistically, death as the result of heavy bleeding, people die in gunfire, exceptionally cruel hanging, stabbing, driving over a human being by car, blood, intestines, etc...

    3) Intimate relationships (concerns primarily the main characters)
    6.8 references to masochistic intimate activity remain only as insinuations which need to be read from between the lines

    4) Stimulants (concerns primarily the main characters)
    6.8 quite much smoking, civilized use of alcohol as social drink [drug criminals are chased at some point of the movie]

    5) Property (concerns primarily the main characters)
    6.5 remarkably great rewards (and bribes), it remains in part unclear if the main character commits a small economic crime

    6) Language
    6.1 using once for swearing a holy name connected with a well-known religion a strong expression, whose meaning is eternal kingdom of destruction, is used in a religious sense (not for swearing) about 5 so-called hard swear-words, whose meaning is man's gender organs, woman's gender organs, or intimate union [the Finnish translation mentions 2 swear-words, and doesn't use a holy name for swearing]

    7) Truth (concerns primarily the main characters)
    6.8 so-called "white lies", conscious lying which doesn't harm anyone but saves someone from unnecessary trouble [the "bad guys" of the film commit a gross fraud... what comes to religion, Christian faith is discussed somewhat devoutly in the film]

    8) Beauty
    6.0 the human figure has been tried to make look as nauseous as possible... very badly injured face, eating a human being's body parts, blood, intestines, tattoos [on the other hand, also remarkably beautiful landscapes and buildings are introduced in the movie]

    9) Music
    6.9 classical orchestra, opera arias, choir, piano music, a five-second sample of modern light music which doesn't meet the classical beauty ideals

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." [Emphasis is mine] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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