In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.
AroView: Dashing, murderous fun from the makers of THE ENGLISH PATIENT, fashioning another estemable literary piece, derived here from Patricia Highsmith’s 1950s novel.
Matt Damon plays an unstable hanger-on who is drawn/worms his way into the desirable Italian lifestyle of millionaire’s son Jude Law and fiancee Gwyneth Paltrow, then turns deadly when he’s given the flick. Yachts, jazz and sumptuous period threads aside, this stands on its gripping portrayal of capricious psychology and moral corruption.