A dying family man in need of money is persuaded to assassinate a European crime boss.A dying family man in need of money is persuaded to assassinate a European crime boss.A dying family man in need of money is persuaded to assassinate a European crime boss.
The character of Tom Ripley is a fascinating one, and he is played to complete perfection here by John Malkovich who manages to capture both Tom's charm and even kindness as well as his dangerous side. Though he lacks Matt Damon's boyish charm, this is Ripley later on, and Tom has added to his survival skills. For Ripley, it's all part of the game.
"The Talented Mr. Ripley" was a very disappointing film with great scenery and some incredible absurdities; this film is not without some absurdity but here, because of the director and Malkovich's handling of the material, the absurdity of the scene on the train would almost be funny if the reality of it wasn't so gruesome. In "The Talented Mr. Ripley," stupidity was played stupidly, such as Tom pretending to be David while Philip Seymour Hoffman was in the next room.
I found this film much better, much more suspenseful and compelling. I hope Malkovich has another chance to play Ripley.
- Nov 23, 2007