Flesh for Fantasy

Brett Ratner tarts up Red Dragon

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Harvey Keitel and Edward 
Norton in Red Dragon
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Harvey Keitel and Edward Norton in Red Dragon
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But Ratner's vision, though impressive, is imperfect. He seems confused about where to amplify suspense, and -- unlike Mann -- he does not fully exploit the tension between Graham and his boss and son. Fortunately, Emily Watson comes to his rescue with her spot-on portrayal of the killer's blind girlfriend. She's a rich character who mishears "first date" as "fellate" and fondles tiger scrotums, and her rich performance works wonders in the absence of Jodie Foster. Now, if only they could remake Hannibal with the right actress before they assemble that boxed set.

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