In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy, named Dickie Greenleaf. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.
When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.
Philip Seymour Hoffman,
Locked in a dark basement, Laura, a psychiatrist in her early thirties, contemplates in horror a video where a man confesses to be a serial killer. His name is Ramon, an apparently normal man in his forties, who seems to be quite harmless. Gagged and bound to a chair, Laura realises that it's the same person who kidnapped her and who is now pacing in the shadows. Ramon continues to speak as he turns off the television. He walks over to her, takes off the gag and challenges Laura to play the "Word Game". If she wins, she gets to go free, but if she loses, he'll poke out her eye. Laura is terrified, but reluctantly accepts. The game begins. Laura makes a mistake. Ramon menacingly moves towards her. Laura's screams are useless. Written by
This film -- is it a psycho killer flick, murder mystery, psychological mind f**k -- is tight as a drum. You may think you know what is happening; don't count on it. The performances are dead-on. Dario Grandinetti as Ramone and Goya Toledo as Laura are perfectly nuanced, and their transitions (and the film's) will alter your perception several times before it's done. Not to mention, Goya Toledo is serious eye candy. (A remark possibly out of place in a serious review (ha ha), but damn!) It would not be too far off to suggest this film would appeal to fans of Silence Of the Lambs (minus the Grand Guignol). A very intelligent thriller!
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