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To be young and carefree amid the blue waters and idyllic landscape of sun-drenched Italy in the late 1950s; that's what Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) craves — and Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) leads. When Dickie's wealthy father asks Tom to bring his playboy son back home to America, Dickie and his beautiful girlfriend, Marge Sherwood (Gwyneth Paltrow), never suspect the dangerous extremes to which Ripley will go to make their lifestyle his own. After all, it's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.
Romantic Thriller - Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name, The
Talented Mr. Ripley deals with a sociopath who starts out as a
forger and imposter before graduating to murder. While the film
contains several missteps, it is more intelligent than many similar
The Talented Mr. Ripley is a new film version of Patricia Highsmith's novel about the exploits of an extremely intelligent, amoral sociopath. In broad terms, this film is in the same category as movies like The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, where a psycho befriends a character before turning murderous. The Talented Mr. Ripley aims a little higher than most of these cut-and-slash motion pictures, since the focus is on character interaction and the cat-and-mouse game the title plays with the authorities, rather than on cheap thrills. Despite a weak performance by Matt Damon, a running time that's about 15 minutes too long, and a certain over-familiarity of some plot elements, The Talented Mr. Ripley still manages to be of passable entertainment value. It's not a great thriller, but, for the most part, it will hold a viewer's attention.