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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
SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
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?
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.
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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.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):
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.
Age limit in Finland: 18
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
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
6.1 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]
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]
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