The Silence of the Lambs movie review - Aussieboyreviews

IS THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS JUST AS DISTURBING AS OTHER OLD THRILLER CLASSICS?

The Silence of the Lambs is definitely disturbing, but is an entertaining and exhilarating classic. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins star in this thriller.

Storyline

A young FBI agent seeks the help from a manipulative cannibal killer to catch another serial killer who skins his victims.

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Movie details

Director: Jonathan Demme
Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Anthony Heald, Kasi Lemmons
Writer: Ted Tally
Release Date (Australia): 9 May 1991
Runtime: 118 minutes/1h 58m
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)

Themes (MA15+)

The film is mainly concerned with several disturbing scenes that feature depictions of skinned corpses, as well as strong verbal references to acts of murder and cannibalism.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features violence including large depictions of blood and injury detail as results of multiple people being beaten with blunt objects, bitten and shot.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains occasional use of the word “f**k” and two uses of the word “c**t”.

Nudity (M)

A nude man who has implicitly tucked his genitals between his closed legs with pubic hair detail is viewed. There is also buttocks nudity.

Sex (M)

The film contains a scene in which a man who is depicted implicitly masturbating throws his semen at a woman’s face and moderate verbal references to sex.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Jonathan Demme’s brilliant execution of The Silence of the Lambs would never settle as a classic thriller if he hadn’t included each and every ingredient he included. From the psychological combination of the crime and horror genre to the exhilarating performances, there’s really nothing necessary to mark this award-winner as an earnest masterpiece.

The Silence of the Lambs does really well with its excellent plot. It’s mightily gripping right from beginning and all the way to the credits. There’s no doubt that the film doesn’t lack a fair handful of times where it’s slowly-paced, but it especially grows heavier, darker and strongly suspenseful.

The extremely graphic and horrifying twists, the level and amount of dark edginess, and the feeling that you just can’t bare to remove your eyes from the screen all depend on one specific factor. That’s the mastered depiction of Hannibal Lecter, whose character is staged so keenly by Anthony Hopkins, you’ll never glance at the actor in the same way as before… literally! The heroine, Clarice whose played superbly by Jodie Foster, is also the film’s greatest focus.

This marvellously-crafted classic’s psychology and fascination would be significantly disenchanted if Hopkins and Foster hadn’t been involved. The large and little details throughout also prove the sophistication towards¬†the disturbing themes. And of course, the contents couldn’t have been so deep without the first-class screenplay and direction.

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