Red Dragon : Movie Review

Red Dragon (2002) - Heading SmallWhy?

On a certain level, I can understand coming out with a new version of some crusty old Hollywood classic that (gasp!) might be in the archaic format of black-and-white. Or a recent foreign film, so that subtitle-phobic viewers would no longer have to expend mental energy by reading. But why remake a movie that's only 16 years old, and is already in English? As the saying goes, if you have to ask the question…

It's all about greed. Make no mistake, that is the only reason why Red Dragon exists. It has nothing to do with the filmmakers wanting to "complete" the Hannibal Lecter trilogy with Anthony Hopkins in the key role. It has nothing to do with the filmmakers wanting to "update" an already-filmed story. It's about trying to cash in at the box office. The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal were money makers, so producer Dino De Laurentiis, never one to ignore the smell of lucre, has struck again. And don't believe those rumors that this is absolutely, unquestionably the final time we'll see Hopkins as Hannibal. If there's enough green involved, he'll be back.

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Author : James Berardinelli