Ripley’s Game (2002)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 

 
PROS –
1) Considering this movie as a sequel to The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), we have a Tom Ripley who is no longer a guilt-ridden murderer but a refined and cold-blooded assassin straight out of a John le Carré’s novel.
2) John Malkovich gave justice to the character of a remorseless Tom Ripley.

 

 
CONS –
1) This plot is more about a dying man dragged by Ripley in the game of assassins.

 

 

QUOTE –
Tom Ripley: I’m a creation. A gifted improviser. I lack your conscience and when I was young that troubled me. It no longer does. I don’t worry about being caught because I don’t believe anyone is watching. The world is not a poorer place because those people are dead. It’s one less car on the road. It’s a little less noise and menace. You were brave today. You put some money away for your family. That’s all.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An imposter on a murder spree to hide his misdeeds.
2) Mostly shot in scenic Italy.

 

 
CONS –
1) Tedious first half, boring screenplay overall. The movie is 30 minutes too long. It’s more drama and less thriller.

 

QUOTE –
Tom Ripley: I always thought it would be better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.

Strangers on a Train (1951)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Robert Walker as Bruno Antony: A lunatic with a theory of criss-cross murders.
2) The tension built-up during Guy’s tennis match and Bruno trying to pick the lighter from the storm drain.
3) The climax on the out of control carousel.

 

CONS –
1) The greatest flaw of this movie is the absence of mystery. The audiences are only waiting for the culprit for getting caught.

 
QUOTE –
Bruno Anthony: Don’t worry, I’m not going to shoot you, Mr. Haines. It might disturb Mother.

The Two Faces of January (2014)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT  – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) A tight story with few characters.
2) The 60s European setup

 

CONS –
1) Only a few moments of thrills.
2) Shallow character development
3) One time watch

 

QUOTE –
Chester MacFarland: I’m sorry I disappointed you.