The Quiet American Reviews
Overall, I found the movie a bit odd but still thought provoking. The love story and the war sequences are not well-integrated, but it was interesting to see a film about the Vietnam conflict before large-scale American involvement. The book by Graham Greene upon which the movie was based was published in 1955, before all of that occurred. But given that this movie was released in 2002, my watching of it was colored by what I knew was going to happen in Vietnam during the 1960s.
What starts out as a simple beautifully set love story between three people turns out to be a very serious and intense political thriller. 'The Quiet American' follows British news writer, Thomas Fowler (Michael Caine), and his life in Vietnam. He is married, but is in love with a beautiful Vietnamese girl, Phuong (Do Thi Hai Yen) and is shacking up with her. Phuong's sister hates this because Phuong can't get married and be well off. Then enters, Pyle (Brendan Fraser), the quiet American as Fowler describes him. He falls in love with Phuong, and the film becomes sort of a contest for her love. Then Fowler starts to suspect Pyle being involved in C.I.A. mission to supply a violent military party with bombs. 'The Quiet American' moves kind of slow, but the film's sheer beauty and scenery will win you over. The acting is first-rate all the way with a stellar emotion-packed performance by Michael Caine who in more words than one makes the film. Do Thi Hai Yen does a fine job while I was impressed with Brendan Fraser's (an actor I'm not to big on) great performance. Director Phillip Noyce hits it out of the park with this one. 'The Quiet American' isn't for everyone and has some elements that could be construed as anti-American (although I really didn't think so). The film received an Oscar nomination for Michael Caine's wonderful performance. One of the best films of 2002. Grade: B+