He is the mysterious, lonely, troubled, confused, gifted, tender, sensitive, haunted, yearning, intellectual, passionate and talented Mr Ripley. Set in the late 50’s the young blond underachiever Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) is sent to Italy to retrieve a spoiled millionaire playboy named Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law). However, captivated by the charm of Dickie and the lush lifestyle that he shares with his beautiful girlfriend, Ripley embraces the posh existence. However all good things comes to an end but Tom will stop at nothing to hold onto the new found life.
Anthony Minghella vision embraced the existence of a millionaire’s spoiled heir. When Tom and Dickie meet the plot seems to become a narrative about Tom falling in love with Dickie. But we are than taken to a journey of envy and obsession. Minghella drives the plot from a thriller to a phycological thriller when Tom decides he would rather be Dickie Greenleaf. Rather than go back to the damp basement apartment in New York to a life of poverty, Ripley precipitately kills Dickie and takes his identity. A game of cat and mouse presents itself when Tom has to constantly change his identity to keep the illusion that Dickie is still alive.
How far could someone go to become somebody else is the question that lingers around The Talented Mr Ripley. Tom Ripley is a sympathetic psychopath that we can’t help but gravitate towards and subconsciously want him to get gateway. The Talented Mr Ripley is a dominant thriller that seamlessly grows into eerie suspense.