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Hannibal is the sequel to the masterpiece Silence of the Lambs. Anthony Hopkins reprises his role as Hannibal Lecter but Clarice Starling is played by Julianne Moore, rather than Jodie Foster. Even with the addition of fine actors like Gary Oldman and Ray Liotta, the movie doesn't quite measure up to the original. However, since the original set such a high standard, the sequel is a very good film, despite never reaching the same pinnacle. Worth watching.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the English version of the original Swedish movie/novel. This first of the trilogy, which I watched in Swedish version was well done but lacked a certain Scandinavian sensibility from the original series. The acting was well done as well as the cinematography but I prefer the original series in Swedish a bit more than this version.