Manhunter ★★★★

Michael Mann's take on Thomas Harris' classic novel Red Dragon is one of the best serial killer movies around.

Exquisitely stylish in that cool blue Miami Vice look, the movie is sumptuous visually and Mann's direction is spot on making Manhunter a compelling piece of film making.

William Peterson in the role that surely nailed him the CSI gig is on top form as the former FBI agent dragged out of retirement to help track down a suspected serial killer cheerily monikered the Tooth Fairy by the press. Mann draws out strong performances from all his cast, Brian Cox as Hannibal Lecktor is a natural stand out even though he's barely a bit part player and Tom Noonan as Francis Dollarhyde aka The Tooth Fairy is quite brilliant in a blood chilling performance that eventually gives way to sympathy and it's testament to author Harris, director Mann and actor Noonan that such a sadistic and evil person can become an object of empathy.

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