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Pass the chianti - Dr. Lecter's back....
Lionsgate / 561 Minutes / 2013 / Unrated / Street Date: September 24, 2013
Detective Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) finds that it’s easier to get to the bottom of the cases on his docket by doing everything in his power to penetrate the mind of a killer. Graham gets his man by looking at a crime scene and imagining how the gruesome acts at hand were perpetrated – it makes for an often grisly day at the office, but he’s able to bring these sickos to justice, so maybe it’s worth the sacrifice.
When a particularly imperative case comes to pass, though, Graham’s boss (Laurence Fishburne) decides that the poor guy is already on the edge of sanity, so another professional should be brought in to help the good guys track down the serial killer they’re currently on track to find. The guy’s name? Hannibal Lecter (played here by Mads Mikkelson). Protagonist? Antagonist? Psychopath? As long as the trail toward the murderer is still fresh, his contributions are welcome.
Hannibal: Season One stays in this headspace, and the results are more than a little impressive. When the show veers into super-creepy territory, it works best – simple CSI sequences don’t have much emotional resonance – and thankfully, Hannibal is really and truly creepy a lot of the time. Credit much of this to Mikkelson: he doesn’t just parade out an Anthony Hopkins impression – he infuses the title dude here with a disconcerting gravitas that keeps you glued to the screen.