"Hannibal" is a 2001 psychological thriller film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Anthony Hopkins as the infamous cannibalistic serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and Julianne Moore as FBI agent Clarice Starling.
The film picks up ten years after the events of "The Silence of the Lambs", with Lecter living in Italy under a new identity and Starling facing backlash from the FBI over a botched drug raid. When Lecter's identity is revealed, a wealthy and disfigured former victim, Mason Verger (played by Gary Oldman), hires a hitman to capture and kill Lecter. However, Lecter manages to turn the tables on his would-be captor and escape, making his way to the United States where he seeks out Starling.
As Lecter and Starling become entangled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, the film explores themes of obsession, power, and revenge. It also delves into the complex relationship between Lecter and Starling, with Lecter seeing himself as her mentor and savior.
The film was met with mixed reviews, with some critics praising the performances of Hopkins and Moore and the stunning visuals, while others criticized the film for its gratuitous violence and departure from the tone of the previous film. Despite the mixed response, "Hannibal" was a box office success, grossing over $350 million worldwide.