I have always thought that Patricia Highsmith's Ripley novels were aimed like a missile at the reader. So, the films. One's immediate reaction to Ripley tells more about the viewer/reader than anything at all about Ripley. His charm is that he is absolutely immoral in a pseudo-moral universe of sentimentality passing for decency. He has taken the society's values, not at their word, but at their obvious meaning: benefit yourself at all cost; nothing is more important than your own welfare; if it seems necessary, do it - you can probably always get out of the consequences. He is <more>
popular with us all, not because he is a snob, or a cad, or a mediocrity,although he may be all of those things. He is popular because we recognize ourselves in him. This film portrays the Highsmith character fully and true to the novels. I found Malkovich, who I usually dislike, perfect in the role and the other actors are excellent. Being a European production makes it easier to avoid the soppiness of The Talented Mr. Ripley, a truly dreadful film to my mind. The score was a grand addition as was the perfect lighting and ambiance of the sets - brilliantly dark, full of the emptiness of a reality so flatly conveyed.I will be happy to see it again.
I must admit I enjoyed Matt Damon and company very much in The Talented Mr.Ripley. The character of Tom Ripley is thoroughly dislikable but also intriguing. Therefore when I realised that another Ripley film had been made I was curious to enjoy the earlier experience again. I was not disappointed either. John Malkovich who I usually do not like as a performer was totally creepy and perfect as an older Ripley. Up against him was the very talented Dougray Scott as his unlikely accomplice in murder, Jonathon Trevanny. There are grisly murders galore in this film of revolting Russian mafia <more>
murderers. The ending is great. I won't give it away as it would spoil it for others. The Italian and German settings are brilliant as are the train scenes. This film is very enjoyable.
A brilliantly tense and adreneline filled movie (by Deppist)
I wasn't expecting such an exciting and adrenaline filled movie when i went to see Ripley's game, but was pleasently surprised, this movie, had action, it had humour, romance and in parts was moving. I can't compare it to the books as i've not read them , but i thouroughly enjoyed this movie, and reccommend it highly. It really is brilliant, and MALKOVICH was perfect as Ripley, his performance to me was reminiscent of Vicomte de Valmont in Dangerous Liasons, you love the character, he seems such a decent guy, but he's evil, and psychotic, that's the beauty of malkovich <more>
playing this role, he is familiar with it. This film also delivered excellent suppourt roles from Dougray Scott, Lena Headly and Ray Winston, who adds a comical touch to the movie One of the best films i've seen this year!
A Solid Crime Movie, Thanks To Three Leads (by ccthemovieman-1)
This was good; a solid crime story. It's the "Tom Ripley" of "The Talented Mr. Ripley," but now older and being played by John Malkovich instead of Matt Damon. He's also, at least to me, a totally different character so this story stands on its own. There's no tie-in to that previous filmMalkovich plays his normal role, playing the kind of character he's good at playing: the smart, sarcastic and sadistic villain with the interesting vocabulary. In this story, he blends in with the locals as somewhat of a nondescript guy but inside he's a man with no <more>
conscience who is a killer. Late in the film, he admits and brags about having no conscience. The plot in this movie revolves around Ripley having someone else do some of the latest killings for him, an "average Joe" that no one would suspect. That role is played by Dougray Scott, a young Englishman with a wife and young son, but a man who is dying of leukemia and could use a little extra money for his family when he's gone. That seems to be the lure when the evil Ripley and his partner give him the murder sales pitch. It takes some convincing, but "Jonathan Trevanny" eventually gives in to some persuasion, shall we say. Scott's reaction after the killing is very interesting...and he gets another assignment.Ripley's partner "Reeves" also is an intriguing guy, played by Ray Winstone who also often portrays this type of character: a vicious, profane thug. If you saw "Sexy Beast," you'll know the type of guy Winstone plays hereAnyway,without giving the story away, suffice to say this wound up a pleasant surprise: great dialog, good photography and acting, some dark humor along with good suspense and just the right amount of action and lulls. It is heavy on the profanity, so beware of that.This is a film one doesn't hear much about and is recommended for those who enjoy modern-day, tough crime films.
One of the Best Ripley Movies Around (by Eumenides_0)
I've never followed Liliana Cavani's career with attention. The Night Porter had shown that she knew how to make a movie efficiently. And Patricia Highsmith's name left me confident that the plot would be full of twists, witty dialogue, and suspense; plus, this is a Tom Ripley movie, one of the greatest villains in fiction.This version of the Ripley series was practically unknown to me. I only knew IMDb had given it some very poor ratings. And I love Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley so much, I doubted Cavani's movie could rival it. Well, rival it does, and <more>
sometimes it even surpasses it.One of the most interesting things about the Ripley movies is that no actor ever played him twice. This time the excellent John Malkovich takes the role of the amoral, sophisticated dilettante murderer, as he tries to set up a comfortable life in Italy, surrounded by good art and cuisine. A visit from an old business partner shatters his idyllic life as Ripley enters a mind game to turn an innocent man into a hit-man. From here on it's a thrilling journey for Ripley to regain control of his good life through manipulation, intelligence and the occasional murder.Cavani's movie owes little to Minghella's: the pacing here is faster, the dialogue is more back-and-forth, like a machine gun. Whereas Minghella revelled in pretty, but sometimes pointless shots, Cavani focus on the plot, integrating the beautiful cinematography into the action. Matt Damon's Ripley is mostly a passive man, seldom without control of the situation; Malkovich's Ripley is ready for anything. The dialogue in both movies is beautiful, but here Ripley has a wonderful sense of dark humor, making jokes in the grimmest situations.And the suspense is unforgettable. There are many good thrills throughout the movie. But nothing beats a sequence aboard a moving train. The climax of the movie is also tense, showing how Ripley can keep himself cool in the worst of times.This is a pretty perfect movie for what it is: it's a lovely combination of intelligent dialogue credit is due to Charles McKeown, who co-wrote the script , good characterisation, suspenseful plotting, subdued music by the master Ennio Morricone , and beautiful cinematography. It was a nice surprise and well worth seeing.
A nasty thriller that requires your attention, and an ability to read between the lines, but there's nothing arty or opaque about it; and Malkovich is a fine Ripley (by J. Spurlin)
Tom Ripley notes the figure of Icarus on the desk of someone who has just lost a contest of wills with him. Icarus flew too close to the sun and so did his opponent. But so does Ripley, except that his audacity has earned him great wealth, a beautiful home in Italy and a delicious young wife.Ripley John Malkovich is an amoral art counterfeiter, capable of murder whenever necessary—and one of his former partners finds it necessary. The slovenly reprobate wants to hire Ripley for a political killing, but the devious aesthete has a better idea. One of the locals Dougray Scott , a struggling <more>
picture framer, is dying and could use the money. Ripley tells his old partner to contact the man who has nothing to lose. The sickly young husband proves to be a better hit man than he could have expected, but Ripley, who had chosen him to avenge a trivial insult, is the one who learns something new about human nature.Patricia Highsmith's engrossing thriller becomes an even better movie. Highsmith's own view of human nature is accurate as far as it goes. She believes that a conscience is only a name for guilt and a fear of discovery. In the end, her view is cynical rather than realistic: there is more to people than you will find in her novels. This film, written and directed by Liliana Cavani, is just as deliciously nasty as Highsmith, but a little more knowing.Malkovich, gaunt and bald, with his smooth manners, quiet voice and air of menace, makes for a fine Tom Ripley—however different from the novel's—and heads a uniformly good cast. This thriller is unpopular with those unwilling to pay attention and read between the lines. But there's nothing arty or opaque about "Ripley's Game." Discerning viewers will find it a treat.
Never on the big screen, let it live long on DVD (by gregsrants)
`Coming soon to a theatre near you'. It's a phrase we hear or read in upwards of 7 times before each new movie we watch in the theatre. The trailers that precede this announcement come with both anticipation and expectation. I remember sitting in a theatre, what seems like years ago now, and viewing the trailer for Ripley's Game starring John Malkovich. I wondered if it was a sequel to the Matt Damon vehicle, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and I raced home to find that was exactly the case. Looking back, I cannot remember a date being flashed across the screen as to when Ripley's <more>
Game would be accessible, but usually it only takes a few months before our thirsts are quenched.Then came 2004, and my local DVD provider began to advertise Ripley's Game as an upcoming release on disc. At first, I couldn't remember why the name was so familiar, but after a quick internet check, I found that two years later, Ripley's Game was being released without ever hitting a theatrical venue in North America. Too bad.Ripley's Game gives us an older Tom Ripley. Gone are the chiseled good looks and innocent smile of Matt Damon and in are the glacial stares of the stoic Malkovich. When we catch up to Tom he is still the con man brokering an art forgery transaction that leaves one dead and Ripley unamused. We quickly forward ahead three years to Italy where we find Ripley in his favorable environment. Tom is living in a luxurious villa and has a woman he completely adores. Ripley's old life soon catches up with him and a former associate looks to Tom for help with some Russian mafia types. Ripley suggests the use of an innocent' for the job and gives him the name of a fellow countryman Tom has a slight distaste. Soon the novice is coerced into contract killings becomes part of Ripley's dastardly web of deception and murder, and the two join forces to first complete a contract and then later to save each other's lives.It's great to have a film that picks up a fascinating character years after. Wouldn't you like to see what Forrest Gump is up to in 2004? Or what about Elliot from E.T. or Michael Douglas from Fatal Attraction? Without parading sequels that try and catch a character one second from the time the final frame of the original finished, wouldn't it be fresh to check in on some of our faves? Well Ripley's Game does just that. As Ripley, Malkovich gives us an incredibly restrained performance. He kept me thinking that this is probably what Hannibal Lecter would be like if he had a family or other interests. Whether he is talking to someone about the restoration of a vintage piano or killing someone in a train's restroom, his pulse never seems to race nor does he seem terribly concerned about the chaos left in his wake. Even when he surprises us by showing up to help the same man he pulled into his world, we don't see it as guilt or an attempt to show dominance in the world of criminal activity. Instead, Malkovich projects a man who is just going about his business no matter what the reprehensible activity may encompass. Ripley's game is an exceptional film that unfortunately got ignored by the Hollywood studio system. Maybe they were too busy with the Lord of the Rings trilogies. But, if I were to add up all the movie tickets for movies like Eurotrip, 50 First Dates and Starsky & Hutch, it even seems more of a waste that I wasn't given the opportunity to get comfortable in the local multi-plex for Ripley.www.gregsrants.com
We find Tom Ripley living in luxury in one of the most spectacular Palladian villas in the middle of the beautiful Northern Italian setting. He is a man of excellent taste, as proved by the transformation he made on the villa. Since Ripley appears to be retired now, it's a surprise when someone from his past, Reeves, a Cockney gangster, comes to see him.Ripley feels slighted by a local picture framer, a British young man trying to make ends meet. When Ripley is invited to a party at Jonathan's house, he overhears his host talking about him in the most shameless fashion. When Reeves <more>
appears on the scene, he realizes how is he going to get even with Jonathan. By recommending the man who spoke unkindly about him to Reeves, he will get his own revenge.Since Jonathan is suffering from leukemia, Reeves entices him to perform a nasty job for him in Berlin and with the offer goes a visit to one of the top doctors in Germany. Jonathan, who feels repulsed by the indecent proposition realizes how cash strapped he is and complies, albeit reluctantly, with the gangster.Of course, Jonathan is now vulnerable and Reeves knows perfectly well what he will ask him to do next. The second job involves the elimination of a mafioso that is causing problems for Reeves. Jonathan receives specific instructions about how to do the job, which is to take place on a train. To his surprise, Jonathan discovers that Ripley has come to help him. Tom feels his revenge on the picture framer is past history and since Jonathan is married and has a small boy, he steps into action.Tom Ripley, is one of the most sophisticated bad guys ever created by the excellent Patricia Highsmith. This cool man is capable of doing some of the most daring things. Liliana Cavani, an Italian director with an eye for detail, set this story in her native land and also contributed with the adaptation of the novel with Charles McKeown. The result is an enjoyable film that will impress fans of this genre.John Malkevich does a fabulous job with Tom Ripley. Mr. Malkovich clearly understood the nature of Ripley and gives a cool performance. Dougray Scott, who is seen as Jonathan, is perfectly cast as the picture framer dying from cancer. Ray Winstone does what he does best in his take of Reeves, a cruel man who wants to get rid of his enemies by paying other people to do the dirty thing for him. Lena Headey plays Sarah, Jonathan's wife, who is horrified when she discovers what her husband has done."Ripley's Game" shows a Liliana Cavani at a nice point in her career. The film has a beautiful music score by Ennio Morricone and a brilliant cinematography by Alfio Contini, who takes the film through several picturesque locations for the viewer's enjoyment.
Tom Ripley is at it again, this time in "Ripley's Game," a 2002 European production starring John Malkovich, Dougray Scott, Ray Winstone, and a host of European actors and actresses, all very good in their roles. Ripley at the beginning of the film is involved in an art scam with a partner, Reeves Winstone . It doesn't go down quite as planned. The film picks up three years later in Italy where Tom is living la vida loca, fabulous house, gorgeous musician girlfriend, best cook around. He overhears himself being insulted by a picture framer, Jonathan Trevanny Scott while <more>
at a party. Later, Ripley's old partner appears and wants some people rubbed out, and Ripley suggests Trevanny. Knowing human nature as he does, he's pretty sure Trevanny will do it and in Ripley's world, a man's soul is fitting revenge for an insult. However, Reeves wants more than one job done. Ripley then becomes a little more involved than he wanted.The character of Tom Ripley is a fascinating one, and he is played to complete perfection here by John Malkovich who manages to capture both Tom's charm and even kindness as well as his dangerous side. Though he lacks Matt Damon's boyish charm, this is Ripley later on, and Tom has added to his survival skills. For Ripley, it's all part of the game."The Talented Mr. Ripley" was a very disappointing film with great scenery and some incredible absurdities; this film is not without some absurdity but here, because of the director and Malkovich's handling of the material, the absurdity of the scene on the train would almost be funny if the reality of it wasn't so gruesome. In "The Talented Mr. Ripley," stupidity was played stupidly, such as Tom pretending to be David while Philip Seymour Hoffman was in the next room.I found this film much better, much more suspenseful and compelling. I hope Malkovich has another chance to play Ripley.