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October 21, 2015
While well acted, the story itself is too slow-moving to make much of an impact.
August 18, 2015
Pretty good Michael Caine flick for the most part.
Super Reviewer
½ August 7, 2015
A faithful adaptation of Greene's wonderful novel, very well edited and with an exquisite production design, a beautiful score and Michael Caine in one of his best performances - besides the exceptional way that the narrative interweaves romance and politics to near perfection.
August 5, 2015
Caine at his finest. If you liked Cyder House Rules you'll love this!
½ June 15, 2015
The story was fine and most of the acting spot on but Fraser was ask to carry a big load and he's just not up to it.The movie suffers for it.
½ June 6, 2015
I love Michael Caine, but he couldn't make this one right in spite of his outstanding acting. When Alden Pyle, played by Brendan Fraser) called out Boston's Faneuil Hall as "Fenway Hall", it lost all credibility. o0ps!
May 2, 2015
Not a bad film, a bit of a war romance set in beautiful Vietnam. A simple story that isn't dragged out as it might have been by other directors.
March 28, 2015
A solid film with a great performance from the always wonderful Michael Caine. Though I think he stole Richard Gere's slot for Chicago (him and Brody who won that year), it was a worthy nomination. Great writing, score, and sound design with a solid supporting performance from Brendan Fraser
March 26, 2015
I read the book and watched the movie last night. It was great. Thoughtful and wonderfully acted, The Quiet American manages to capture the spirit of Green's novel.
½ September 21, 2014
The original film makes the relationship the focus while the remake makes the politics the priority, when surely the drama comes from the conflict between the two motivations?
March 29, 2014
Fascinating film, that like Graham Greene's novels, tensely balances the dubious morality of events of the world with the moral dilemmas of the characters personal lives. Great acting by Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser gets a rare chance to show off his acting chops, too.
Super Reviewer
February 13, 2014
Caine and Fraser's remake of the Quiet American is quietly not so bad. Fraser has limited acting abilities but it hasn't seemed to matter in his biggest roles. He knows enough to let his co-stars carry the film. Caine is his usual brilliant self.
Ria
½ December 26, 2013
Caine's performance is absolutely sensual.
The film is overall quite slow and daunting but delivers the story quite well anyways.
September 15, 2013
As the Script grips, narration holding Michael's voice forces audience to indulge in a series of novels' quotations. The theme had lots in common with noir films, but was made with vivid colors that question whether The French Lieutenant's Woman had anything to do with such excellent picture which is the heroin of the story exposition.
The film noisily schemes a paraphrase regarding the US troops existing in Asia especially in the target story location, making the public eye oblivious, which is quite harsh to draw, yet easy to grasp.
½ August 6, 2013
Directed by Phillip Noyce (Dead Calm (1989), Patriot Games (1992), Sliver (1993), Clear and Present Danger (1994)), this is an adaptation of Graham Greene's 1955 novel, and it drew on Greene's experiences of a war correspondent in French Indochina in the early 1950's. Noyce gets the best from his cast in the suspenseful yet thoughtful drama, which has a hint of mystery about it, but it has some brilliant performances though. Thomas Fowler (Michael Caine) works in Saigon for the London Times, covering the war between colonial French and the Communists. Fowler seldom goes into the field anymore, and works from his office, he has a mistress in Phuong (Do Thi Hai Yen). However, things are complicated when Phuong is stolen away by American Alden Pyle (Brendan Fraser), who works for the CIA, and is trying to get America into Vietnam, to help in the fight against the Communists, creating a group led by corrupt militia leader General Thé (Quang Hai), which leads to terrorist bombings in Saigon. But, this leads to Pyle making more enemies than allies, while Fowler watches on. It's a good piece showing the run up to the Vietnam War, indeed it's release was delayed amid fears the film is anti-American, which it is, showing they were getting involved in a war they had no business in whatsoever, this film should be a warning for them not to do it again.
½ July 25, 2013
ok remake but skip this see the 1958 version
½ May 30, 2013
It takes a while to heat up but the performances are strong, there's some brilliant dialogue and the film's tone and aesthetics are spot on. It suffers from struggling to deal with its source material though- it feels cropped and rushed at times, despite its relatively slow pace.

Possibly Caine's strongest moment according to some but I wasn't blown away by it- I'm not a Caine fan though. Nonetheless, it was an adequate performance and Fraser gave his usual performance which worked for this film.

It masterful goes between the tensions of world politics and within the relationship between a small group of people so well that it feels seamless. This is a real achievement considering how many films would and have crashed and burned in attempting similar moves.

Its set in the 50s and this makes for a more unique interpretation of Vietnam than usual along with some interesting political observations. (though you'll mostly just hear A LOT about communists)

The film's biggest strengths are its ability to capture and maintain its uniquely strong yet creeping tone throughout and the smart dialogue that makes for some great scenes. These two elements combined justifies the two-hour running time.

Sadly, it clearly took elements of the book down to its most basic levels and this hurt the flow and feel of the film but it didn't ruin it. There should have been more power to this one- it didn't pack the emotional wallop that it should have, it was maybe a little too smart for its own good in being faithful to its subdued nature for so long. Nonetheless though, it couldn't have been easy putting this one to screen and this is a good film deserving of respect even if it couldn't fully master the challenges that it faced.
December 18, 2012
If this movie would not be a part of my preparations for a trip to Vietnam I would have stopped halfway through.
December 7, 2012
Would like to see at some stage.
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