Living a life of leisure on the sun-drenched coast of Italy, young Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) has it all: friends, the love of a beautiful woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) and the best things his father's money can buy. Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) on the other hand, has nothing but charm, good looks and a deadly obsession to take over this rich man's life. In another landmark motion picture from Academy Award-winning directory Anthony Minghella a riveting game of stolen identity unfolds with Ripley's desperate attempts to stay one step ahead of ever-growing suspicion.
Matt Damon is unbelievably good. His character is about as horrible as it is possible to be; but he manages to keep you interested in his perspective and think about his motives. This film will haunt your dreams/nightmares but there is a strong and important moral lesson. The only criticism that occurred to me is that all the other characters are extremely privileged, but it is based on American young adults living in Naples and Rome. The plot would have had to be quite different to accommodate less wealthy characters.