The Constant Gardener

2005, Drama/Mystery & thriller, 2h 8m

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The Constant Gardener is a smart, gripping, and suspenseful thriller with rich performances from the leads. Read critic reviews

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Assigned to a new post, reserved British diplomat Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) relocates to Kenya with his lovely young wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz), an activist for social justice. When Tessa is found murdered out in the wilderness, circumstances point to her friend, Dr. Arnold Bluhm (Hubert Koundé), but it is soon clear that he's not the killer. Grief-stricken and angry, Justin sets out to uncover the truth behind Tessa's murder -- and in the process, he unearths some disturbing revelations.

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  • Jun 05, 2016
    The movie has an average script well supported by a lead star cast, who ably perform well under the director Fernando Meirelles tutelage. This is based on John la Carre novels. Rachel Weisz plays Tessa, wife of Justin Quayle played by Ralph Fieness who is interested in gardening, hence the name, "The Constant Gardener". The movie deals with the delicate topic of Clinical trials conducted by multi-national companies on innocent people in far-flung countries were they are devoid of any rules, and even if there are any, it's easy to bend them as per their convenience. Even though it is not clear who supervises the kill order on Justin Quayle, it has to be Sandy, because they don't show the face of the man, except a British voice welcomes him. Overall, a good watch, with Ralph Fieness as a nice, reticent man and his wife played by Rachel Weisz who is completely opposite of him, added with a mixture of corporate clinical trials drama thrown in for a very good measure.
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  • Mar 20, 2014
    Pretty interesting. Ralph Fiennes, though I'm not usually a fan of him, is great here. Rachel Weisz, however, is absolutely annoying throughout the movie. You're supposed to empathize with Fiennes' character when his wife gets killed, but as awful as it is to say, you should actually be happy for him instead.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2014
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  • Jan 26, 2013
    A good but not great political thriller, The Constant Gardener starts interestingly enough, but then plays out in a long, slow-paced manner for the next thirty or forty minutes. It does speed up a bit after this, but by then I had lost much of my interest. The performances are good from both Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, especially Fiennes. If you can withstand the overly long exposition at the beginning, The Constant Gardener makes for a relatively entertaining film. Only a lukewarm recommendation from me though.
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