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The Silence of the Lambs Review

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by AVForums Sep 1, 2001 at 12:00 AM

    The Silence of the Lambs Review
    Serial killer Buffalo Bill (Levine) is carving a path of mayhem across the US, kidnapping young girls and skinning them before dumping their bodies. Left with no other alternative, the FBI decide to seek the help of incarcerated serial killer Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter (Hopkins) for his own insight into the murders. Aware that he would never talk to them directly, a rookie agent (Foster) by the name of Clarice Starling is sent in to win his trust. The two become caught up in a battle of wits which might finally reveal the whereabouts of Buffalo Bill.
    While Silence of the Lambs might not quite live up to the standards set by its predecessor Manhunter, it is still a superior slice of modern gothic horror. Apart from Demme's skilful direction, what really sets the film apart from the mainstream are the central performances from Foster and Hopkins which are almost faultless. If anything, the film falters only because of occasional lapses in pacing, many of which would be rectified if several of the pieces of deleted footage included in the package were reinserted into the film.