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Ripley's Game Movie Review Summary

Actors: John Malkovich, Ray Winstone, Dougray Scott

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This movie, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel, was co-written and directed by Liliana Cavani in 2002.
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Reeves, the owner of two or three night-clubs in Berlin, goes to Italy to ask Tom Ripley to help him get rid of Belinsky, a Russian competitor active in the drugs and prostitution business. Ripley says no but suggests to Reeves to hire his neighbour Jonathan Trevanny, a British citizen who uses to have a disdainful behaviour towards him.

Jonathan Trevanny, an artisan, suffers from leukaemia and is terrified by the idea to die without leaving any money to his wife and his son. Also, when Reeves offers $50,000 to him, then $100,000 to kill Belinsky, Jonathan, at first horrified by the idea to commit a murder, finally accepts the proposition which will also enable him to see a blood
specialist in Berlin. Jonathan fullfils the term of his contract to the perfection but is now aware of the irreversibility of his disease. A few days later, Reeves asks him to commit a second murder, the killing of another of his competitors, an Ukrainian criminal.

Jonathan refuses but Reeves tells him that he cannot hrink back anymore now if he wants to protect his family. Ripley does not agree with the project and Reeves's blackmail but doesn't manage to stop Jonathan who must assassinate the Ukrainian criminal in a train. Ripley follows Jonathan and helps him to get rid of the target and of two bodyguards. One of them survives however and, a few days later, drives to Italy with some of his friends to kill Reeves, Jonathan and Ripley.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler




This is the continuing story of Tom Ripley with John Malkovich as the mature psychopath. Ripley has retired from his life of crime, so we think, to the countryside after making one last deal. His protégé Reeves (Winstone) shows up on his doorstep, bringing trouble with him. To extract himself from a mob bent on killing him, Ripley has to enlist help. His neighbor, the milquetoast picture framer Jonathan Trevanny (Scott), just made snide comments about Ripley at a party within earshot. Ripley also knows Trevanny has nothing to lose since he is terminally ill. But Trevanny is a morally upright man with a family. Ripley tries to make him an efficient killer.

This movie is based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith.

The review of this Movie prepared by ldpaulson



Script Analysis of Ripley's Game

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 25%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 45% Time/Era of Movie:    -   present 2000+ Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Blackmail & Seduction    -   Yes Criminal enemy is...    -   Mafia conflict    -   drug dealers If this is a criminal POV story...    -   criminals killing each other

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   not employed but independently wealthy    -   criminal Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics    -   Super genius    -   Mentally Ill

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy    -   Germany Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   moving train

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead    -   gory visuals of deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   actual description of sex Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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