Psychopath as moral relativist,
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This review is from: Ripley's Game [DVD]  (DVD)
I didn't realize that l had seen this movie, when l ordered it. I must have seen it soon after was released, ten years ago. Then as now l would have viewed it because it's a Patricia Highsmith adaptation. I seem to remember being disappointed with "Ripley's Games", because l thought that l was going to see a sequel to the "Talented Mr Ripley ".
In a sense it is sequel, the plot and the character have moved on and so have l. My partner and l viewed both films over the Xmas holiday and both films had a greater impact than l anticipated they would.
I haven't read book of "Games ", yet, but as with the "Talented" the movies inject a moral dimension , which is in many ways more anarchistic and morally relativist than the books. Ripley is not just an arty psychopath, but a catalyst who provides a disturbing mirror in which our values and perceptions are reflected .As he kills his way through the plot.. It's beautifully shot , constructed and dressed , In some ways it's not a sequel, It's a kind of stand alone to "talented", even though it's made afterwards, and uses Highsmith's characters. But with in both films the directorial influence and the balance of the screenplay produces both a reflective and different take on Highsmith's Ripley. When l first saw it . I wasn't impressed . This time l was, and l can recommend it. Enjoy