The Quiet American Reviews
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.