I didn't have particularly high expectations for Ripley's Game. I had seen The Talented Mr Ripley, and whilst I found it entertaining enough, I didn't think it was anything special. Ripley's Game is much more stylish, it's like watching a decent 1970s or 1980s Italian crime drama, which isn't surprising given it's mostly filmed there, it's written and directed by Liliana Cavani and has a Ennio Morricone score. John Malkovich is perfectly cast as the creepily psychotic Tom Ripley, and the whole production has an understated quality, which makes it all the more effective and sinister. Less appreciated than the previous instalment, for my money, this is the better film.
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