Tom Ripley befriends a rich playboy and becomes engrossed in the
wealthy lifestyle, so much so that he's willing to kill to keep it.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Written and Directed by Anthony Minghella
Starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law,
Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Davenport,
James Rebhorn, Philip Baker Hall
Remake of 1960's Purple Noon
Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith
Oscar Nominations - Best Supporting Actor (Jude Law),
Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction,
Best Costume Design, Best Original Score (Gabriel Yared)
The Talented Mr. Ripley was much more creepy and disturbing than I expected. Every bit of that creepiness is owed to Matt Damon, who gave one of his finest and most unique performances to date. There is nobody more terrifying than someone with a sick obsession.
This film showed us a bit of insight into the twisted mind of a sociopath and how someone with that mindset feels absolutely no remorse and keeps twisting his lies to fit the new story. With every horrible act, Matt Damon's character of Ripley falls further through the cracks until he becomes virtually a monster. As the film progresses, we get to see masterfully how much damage he's truly done.
The film did have some issues, though. The build-up, I felt, took too long. It certainly paid off, but I think it could have been shortened drastically. But I still enjoyed the film and it comes recommended.