Hannibal Rising

Theatrical Release: February 9, 2007
DVD Release: May 29, 2007
Hannibal Rising


The story begins in Eastern Europe at the desperate end of World War II. For many it was no longer a conflict of nations but one of individual survival – at any cost. A young Hannibal watches from only steps away as his parents’ violently die, leaving his cherished young sister in his care. This horrific moment will soon pale in comparison to the atrocities he is forced to witness and perhaps survive as a result of.

Alone and without any means of support, he is forced to live in a Soviet Orphanage that once served as his family’s beloved home. He flees to Paris to find his uncle has died but his beautiful and mysterious Japanese widow, Lady Murasaki (Gong Li) welcomes him. Even her kindness and love cannot soothe the nightmares and sorrows that plague him. Showing a cunning aptitude for science he is accepted into medical school, which serves to hone his skills and provide the tools to exact justice on the war criminals that haunt him day and night. This quest will ignite an insatiable lust within a serial killer who was not born, but made.

Dove Review

This violent drama focuses on a young Hannibal Lecter and the events which lead up to his emergence as a bloodthirsty killer. Young Gaspard Ulliel is very powerful as the young man who seeks revenge for an evil deed done to his sister. He is very effective in transforming from an almost calm presence to a man with steely eyes and ice water in his veins.

The film is predictably very violent and graphic and the language is strong so we cannot award our Dove Seal to this picture.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing; a few sexual innuendos
Language: F-3; D-1; H-1; Pi*sed-2; Slang for male genitalia-3; Slang for female genitalia-3.
Violence: A lot of violence-murders, stabbings, a decapitation scene, the use of a sword as a weapon; a drowning scene, cannibalism; the carving of an initial in a man's chest, the rough treatment of a woman; a man's head displayed, a picture of a man's head displayed; a man is killed by a noose as he is placed against a tree and a horse pulls the noose until he dies; open corpses in a medical lab.
Drugs: Smoking; alcohol; truth serum; poison.
Nudity: Cleavage; a man's bare chest.
Other: The idea of Hannibal tracking down his sister's murderers to murder them; an idol which a woman turns to as she refers to her ancestors who help her.


Company: MGM/UA
Director: Peter Webber
Producer: Tarak Ben Ammar
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 117 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter