I was lucky to review the excellent Manhunter this week for Flick Feast. Michael Mann’s 80’s crime thriller is released on Blu-Ray this week to mark its 25 year anniversary:
Michael Mann’s thriller based on Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon novel was met with mixed reviews upon release and has since been eclipsed almost entirely by the phenomenal success of Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs. The two films both draw on Harris’s novels as inspiration and contain the psychotic murder Hannibal Lecktor in memorable roles for both Sir Anthony Hopkins in Silence, and Brian Cox here in Manhunter. Visually and thematically though, the films are markedly different. Demme’s film is at times horrific and utilises slow building tension with Hopkins’ Hannibal the chilling scene stealer. Mann’s film is much more fast and frenetic, happily utilising highly stylised visuals and placing the focus squarely on its FBI detective.
You can read the full review here: