Well, I was really fooled by those previews. This movie dragged on forever. There really was no real drama or suspense. The only time the movie is really interesting is when Freddy (played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman) confronts Tom Ripley about the missing appearance of a mutual friend. Other than that, the movie was dull and uneventful. I must admit that I did find myself rooting for Tom, but not because I liked his character. I was rooting for him because I disliked everyone else in the film even more. That's usually what happens when most of the characters in a film turn out to be sinister and evil themselves. Sin gives birth to indifference.
This film has an all star cast, but most of their talent is wasted because of the cardboard cut-out character choices they make. Also, this movie portrays itself as being suspenseful, there isn't anything suspenseful about this film. Ripley says at one point in the movie that "I'd always thought it was better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody." The makers of this movie took those words to heart because THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY is a real nobody trying to be a fake somebody.
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Superbly adapted from the acclaimed novel by Patricia Highsmith (also the basis of the acclaimed French version, Purple Noon), The Talented Mr. Ripley is writer-director Anthony Minghella's impressive follow-up to his Oscar-winning triumph The English Patient. Re-creating late-1950s Italy in exacting detail, the film captures the sensuousness of la dolce vita while suspensefully developing the fracturing of Ripley's mind as his crimes grow increasingly desperate. And where Hitchcock was necessarily discreet with the homosexual subtext of Highsmith's Strangers on a Train, Minghella brings it out of the closet, increasing the dramatic tension and complexity of Ripley's psychological breakdown. Phillip Seymour Hoffman ...