Mischa and Hannibal, baby brother and sister, are inseparable; it is their love for each other that ties their bond. Their companionship is forever binding, until, with their family, while hiding from the Nazi war machine a twisted set of circumstance sets the pace for a most vicious attack on the future of one Hannibal Lecter for the sworn vengeance for the brutal killing of his baby sister. Years later, we find Hannibal, the teenager, setting up in Paris, and living with his aunt Lady Murasaki Shikibu and studying at medical school here he finds his forte. Still searching for his sister’s murderers, still bitter and still ever hopeful of satisfying his desire for retribution. This chance arrives, and soon we are to learn that for a pound of flesh lost a pound of flesh must be repaid. This is the horrific tale of justice and honor, a young man’s growing pains that will have the guilty paying with more than just flesh and bone. This is the up and rising tale of the young Hannibal, …
User Reviews: Ever wanted to know what made Hannibal Lecter into the man he is today? No, me neither.
And that’s the trouble with Hannibal Rising: it doesn’t matter how good it might be (I repeat: MIGHT be), it basically tells a story that doesn’t need to be told. Lecter, the sophisticated cannibal with a penchant for Chianti, is a monster who needs no back story in order for him to be frightening. In fact, demystifying the killer makes him a little less scary, which surely can’t be a good thing for a horror film.
The movie begins in war torn Lithuania, where a young Hannibal is forced to care for his sister Mischa after their parents are killed. However, when a band of unwelcome hungry war criminals decide to sit out the harsh winter in Hannibal’s home, Hannibal finds he no longer needs to care for his siblingbecause the nasty men use her as the main ingredient in a delicious and warming stew.
Eight years later, a grown-up Hannibal (Gaspard Ulliel) is living with his tasty Japanese aunt Murasaki Shikibu (Gong Li) in France, when the opportunity arises for him to get even with the men who ate little Mischa.
The first half of the film is awfully dulla dreary biopic showing how the boy came to be all alone and emotionally damaged. The second half is slightly better, as the revenge plot gets into full swing and we actually feel like we’re watching a movie, rather than The Biography Channel. But with little of the disturbing imagery, creepy atmosphere, and nasty gore that made the other Lecter films so enjoyable, and some seriously silly moments (Lecter foreshadowing the wearing of his iconic mask), and fairly large plot holes, Rising still only ends up as a mildly entertaining and instantly forgettable effort.