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½ February 5, 2018
Watched this film on the back of watching The Post and having the desire to look into some move Vietnam based movies. Love Michael Caine, so was a fan of his throughout. However, thought it unnecessary to show the death of one of the main characters at the beginning of the film and then show the build up to that point. Much more of a shock would have taken place if the film was chronological.
November 19, 2016
We've seen so many films on Vietnam. Everything from Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, the killing field and even A Thin Red line. Never have we seen a drama under the backdrop of Vietnam BEFORE the US and Vietnam war. The Quiet American is an excellent book to film adaptation starring the magnificent Michael Caine and one Brendan Fraser.
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
½ September 5, 2016
Very good Adaptation
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.
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
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