The Silence of the Lambs

The Soul of the Plot


If you are already resigned to witnessing some pretty gruesome stuff, and almost morbid amounts of suspense, then there’s really no reason I can’t recommend The Silence of the Lambs. I’ve generally been pretty terrified of seeing it, and that’s a valid concern. It deals with pretty disgusting stuff, and what the movie doesn’t show is still implied, so it ends up being a pretty horrifying movie. Apart from that, there’s interesting character development and a very engrossing film.

Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is training to be an FBI agent when she is chosen to help out with a high profile case, involving a serial killer dubbed “Buffalo Bill” (Ted Levine) who skins his victims. To help catch him, Agent Crawford (Scott Glenn) instructs Starling to interrogate an already imprisoned serial killer, Dr. Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lecter. She has her work cut out for her as Lecter starts playing a…

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