Monday, August 30, 2004

Notes on The Quiet American 

As this movie started out, I didn't like it much. It felt slow, and I had a hard time swallowing some of the things that happened in it. For example, proposing marriage to someone you hardly know in front of their boyfriend. I just couldn't really buy that whole situation.

It gets better as it continues, however. Set in the pre-war days in Vietnam, Michael Caine is a newspaper reporter, and Brendan Frasier is a doctor from the United States on a foreign aid mission. Despite the movie's initial awkwardness, Caine finds himself on the trail of a political conspiracy. Somehow, that American doctor always seems to be in the middle of things. The movie is sad in several ways, but the writing and acting is great (the directing is low key).

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