Manhunter ★★★★½

"Did you really feel depressed after you shot Mr. Garrett Jacob Hobbes to death? l think you probably did. But it wasn't the act that got to you. Didn't you feel so bad, because killing him felt so good?" - Dr. Hannibal Lecktor

This was a lot more exciting than I was expecting, I was on the edge of the couch and I had a really good time watching it. Mann's direction is tight, with the help of Spinotti's sublime cinematography, he creates a thrilling and intense film.

Peterson delivers an underrated performance. For me Graham was just as psychologically fractured as the killers he hunts down, he has just managed to focus his 'illness' and use it for good. It makes a lot of his scenes really creepy, those scenes where he talks to himself or pretends to talk to the murderer. Because of this I found him the most disturbing character in the film, it was an odd feeling as I felt like he was the 'hero' but you felt like he was capable of going on a murder-spree any second. It is the same feeling you get from The Silence of the Lambs and the feeling all 3 sequels/prequels couldn't deliver. It adds a lot of tension to proceedings.

A fantastic film, I'm going to watch The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon again over the next week to see how this compares because I think it could be my favourite of the bunch.

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