With a narrative that doesn't validate the film's running time, and strange tonal shifts from a breezy vacation drama, through to an illicit romance, and eventually an investigative thriller, Minghella's film struggles to find it's footing. What it does have is a brilliant central performance from Matt Damon and great location shooting. Refreshing in an age where most Matt Damon films now cost $100 + million to make.
I am unsure of how I can put this film in to words. To be honest I was emotionally scarred after my first time watching it to the point I didn't watch it again until years later. Matt Damon plays an extremely intelligent sociopath, one that is not to be taken a fool. The twists and turns of this story can be confusing at first, (it was for me anyhow.) But in the end, this screenplay adapted from the book, is genius.