Friday, June 10, 2011

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

Young Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) who has been lazing about on his father's dime. After ingratiating himself into Dickie's inner circle, Tom discovers that he is capable of ANYTHING in order to remain in that circle.

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Good Will Hunting may have been the film that caused the world to take notice of Matt Damon, but it wasn't until The Talented Mr. Ripley that it became truly clear what a talent we had been given. Though he was aided and abetted by an extremely talented cast and crew, it is good old Matty Damon that really holds this picture together. Where others might have played Tom as a coldly distant blank slate, Damon instead lets us inside and allows us to witness this slow disintegration from man to murderer. At its' base, this is an origin story. This is how monsters are made. And unlike many thrillers, it is all the more frightening because we can see elements of ourselves peering out from within the void.

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