Excerpt: This fine film, taken from the 1955 novel 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' by Patricia Highsmith makes its second appearance on film following the 1960 release of 'Plein Soleil'(Purple Noon). Anthony Minghella who three years earlier gained critical acclaim for 'The English Patient'... winner of 9 Oscars including Best Picture makes another foray into the deep abyss of writer/ directer in 'The Talented Mr. Ripley'.
Excerpt: THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY is as unique and compelling as they come, and it is absolutely fascinating to watch this title character as the serpentine tale unfolds. Superb performances by everyone around, and the Italian cinematography is spectacular. A true period piece, a dark (and, a rarity, colorful) film noir, with twists and turns that keep one captivated from beginning to end. What really surprised and pleased me, however, was how amazing this blu-ray transfer is.
Summary: The intriguing web woven in the Hitchcock-esque dark thriller, "The Talented Mr. Ripley," is engrossing from first to last enchanting scene. Matt Damon is stunning as Tom Ripley, a skilled liar and murderer. The film manages to make a character who does wholly despicable things fascinating and intriguing. The European setting casts a dreamlike pall over the film's events and the supporting cast is equally as strong.
Summary: Superior to 'Plein Soleil', the original filmic adaptation of Highsmith's pulp thriller, 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' is beautifully photographed, superbly acted, tautly written, and viscerally suspenseful. This film is undoubtedly the best Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never made!