Based on Patricia Highsmith's 1955 literary crime novel, this coolly beautiful film is both a superior thriller and an engrossing study of a sociopath's progress. Life hasn't been especially generous to Tom Ripley (Matt Damon); he's handsome and
charming, to be sure, but he's also penniless, badly educated and without the connections that open doors for the more fortunate. Then coincidence throws wealthy Herbert Greenleaf (James Rebhorn) Ripley's way. Greenleaf's shiftless son Dickie (Jude Law) is knocking around southern Italy,
squandering his allowance on jazz, women and liquor. Greenleaf hopes that Ripley, whom he thinks knew Dickie at college (a misconception R...