The Quiet American Reviews
Caine plays Thomas Fowler a reporter who has lived in Saigon for sometime. he has a lover named Pheong and gets paid by his people in London. What many don't know is he stays in Saigon to escape his dreary life in England. He one day meets a mysterious man named Alden Pyle who claims to be an aid worker. As the film infolds we see many secrets are revealed and it relates to the battle going on between the French and the Vietnamese in the year 1952.
So this was pretty decent. its such a different look into Saigon. this is not the Vietnam war it's a different time in this country that is even synominous to us in the US. the love triangle makes for one hell of a thrown in to this already semi political film. Really dug the score here and its hats off to the cinematography. Its got the grimey murkey look to it, so well shot.
Michael caine is fantastic here. just like pyle he is a very complex man who has an attachment to Saigon. sees the place as an escape from an unsatisfactory life in London. he even tries to escape from his duties as a reporter but even that comes back to bite you in the ass and he realizes that big time here. I love caine's narration he's like the English morgan freeman especially when it comes to narrating a film or anything for that matter. Brendan fraser was also very good here. He plays a really mysterious character who later is revealed to play a major role that shakes up things so much. I've never seen him better than in this role.
Really intricate plot and dialogue. the adaptation was well done. good lighting too. The ending was a bit predictable at least for me but it was fitting none the less. Go check this out when you can
The film is overall quite slow and daunting but delivers the story quite well anyways.
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.
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.