Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Constant Gardener |
Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Nominated for four Academy Awards, The Constant Gardener stars Ralph Fiennes and Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress Rachel Weisz. In this gripping suspense-thriller, a diplomat on the hunt for his wife's murd... more »
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Jane L. from MEDWAY, OH
Reviewed on 10/3/2010...
Wonderful movie....the character growth of the protagonist was elegantly portrayed by Ralph Fiennes. It is, however, very didactic and the story sometimes gets lost in the message.....it is a visual and emotional feast however, which shouldn't be missed.....
Alice H. (singlegalkansas) from TOPEKA, KS
Reviewed on 1/5/2010...
Very well written and cast superb! Ralph Fiennes always is a wonderful actor!
Marjorie F. (marj44) from MECHANICSBURG, PA
Reviewed on 7/3/2009...
""The Constant Gardener" begins with a strong, angry story, and peoples it with actors who let it happen to them, instead of rushing ahead to check off the surprises. It seems solidly grounded in its Kenyan locations; like "City of God," it feels organically rooted. Like many Le Carre stories, it begins with grief and proceeds with sadness toward horror. Its closing scenes are as cynical about international politics and commerce as I can imagine. I would like to believe they are an exaggeration, but I fear they are not. This is one of the year's best films." Roger Ebert
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Loretta B. (bellorri)
Reviewed on 4/18/2009...
This story is romantic and a thriller. Loved the exciting twists and turns and I rooted for the "gardener" all through this movie.
LeCarre's Novel Makes Substantial Film
drkhimxz | Freehold, NJ, USA | 11/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A good measure of the pleasure in this film derives from its African focus both in sight and sound. Shots of the people in their homeland and recording of their musical heritage provides flavor to many the the scenes. Beyond that we are treated to fine acting by both leads (Fiennes and Weisz) as well as by the supporting cast. The action is taut as first the wife and then the husband search out the link among a number of health organizations engaged in research into the efficacy of a new drug to combat TB. Death, violence, racial intolerance and bureaucratic face-saving are all part of the dramatic stew. Happily, sufficient evidence for alternative interpretations and moral judgments on each lead characters behavior and outlook. Thus we have an interesting film rather than a sermon to the already converted."
I liked it but...
Michael S. Godsey | Bella Vista, AR USA | 12/01/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The constant gardener was a "good" movie... not a "great" movie. It was a bit long and dry... had a couple of decent internal twists that you don't see coming right away. But in the final analysis a bit of a yawner for me.
I like to buy my movies, I don't go see them in the theatre because I can own them for about the same money and enjoy them at home any time I wish. In this case... I wish I hadn't bought it.
p.s. If any of the actors read this, please don't take it personal I loved the entire cast and the acting was splendid!"
The Constant Conspiracy
Randy Keehn | Williston, ND United States | 04/04/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I found "The Constant Gardener" to be a standard suspense movie. There's a fair amount of mystery and intrigue but, frankly, I was more impressed with the location shots in Kenya. The only reason that I thought to write some comments about "The Constant Gardener" was the politics involved. This could be one of those teachable moments that enlightens how two sides of a story could both be correct.
There's an aspect to "The Constant Gardener" that involves pharmacutical companies dispensing their products on Third World countries prior to the normal length of research that takes place before such drugs can be introduced in the USA. The suggestion is made that this early availability is terrible and is happening solely for the benefit of greedy indutrialists. While watching these developments I couldn't help but think of the early days of the AIDS epidemic. There were no drugs that could cure the disease back then but there were drugs in various stages of promising research that might eventually help. The pleas of dying suferers went in vain because the FDA could not OK a new drug until all extensive studies had been successfully completed. I recall that, in time, some restrictions were eased somewhat but the rigorous standards of the FDA continue to persist. So, is the release of drugs that have laboratory-proven results but without the conclusive, time-consuming studies a crime? Or is it an effort to reach impoverished remote areas with epidemic levels of lethal diseases? I kept thinking how the other side of the story was totally ignored and that greed was shown to be the only motive involved."