8:00 PM, 18th June, 2005
Okwe (Ejiofor), a Nigerian trying to start a new life in London, works during the day as a taxi driver and at night as a hotel desk receptionist. He shares a flat with Senay (Tautou), a Turkish woman fleeing an arranged marriage, who works as a maid in the same hotel. When Okwe discovers a human heart in a hotel-room bathroom, he is thrust into the middle of a dangerous situation, which cannot be resolved by going to the police as he is an illegal alien. When Okwe asks questions, the hotel's night manager, Sneaky (L-pez), suggests that he minds his own business or he would inform the authorities of his illegal status. Meanwhile, Senay, who is permitted to stay in Britain but not to work, secretly finds employment and tries to avoid immigration officials finding out. Veteran British director Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, High Fidelity) uses the thriller genre as a vehicle for highlighting the problems faced by many immigrants in London, some of whom are illegal, but who do much of the unwanted work in the city.
10:00 PM, 18th June, 2005
Anthony Hopkins plays Hannibal Lector, a retired superhero (formally known as "The Cannibal") that currently spends his days in a maximum-security resort (so fancy the walls are made of unbreakable glass... or plastic... or something - and every meal is hand delivered to your door!). He reluctantly comes out of retirement though when evil genius Buffalo Bill starts a crazy new clothing line.
Man, this has turned into a bad taste review! I think I'll stop myself there. Whoever thought that comparing a horrific psychological thriller to the animated movie The Incredibles would be amusing is some sicko! Luckily for me though, Anthony Hopkins is a great actor and his sickness easily outshines mine in The Silence of the Lambs, which won him an Academy Award. Awards also went to The Silence of the Lambs for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay (adapted) and Best Actress (Jodie Foster); making it only the third movie to win those five awards.
Spawning a sequel and a prequel, The Silence of the Lambs is considered a classic of the thriller genre. In fact, it is the only horror/thriller to have ever won the afore-mentioned Academy Award for Best Picture.