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Plot: A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption. Runtime: 129 mins Release Date: 31 Aug 2005
Rachel Weisz truly gives an Oscar worthy performance. (by firstcallandy)
Crisp and heartfelt thriller that gives you the right shot in the arm with an Oscar caliber performance by Rachel Weisz and an equally Oscar worthy performance by Ralph Fiennes. This is a film about the horrors of big business and the way they are willing to experiment on the poor to achieve their goals. Rachel Weisz plays Tessa, A feisty activist who uncovers a conspiracy by a pharmacy company to test experimental drugs on the poor natives of Africa. She then tries to fight them and expose the conspiracy until she is brutally murdered. Her husband, a quite diplomat then begins to take up her <more>
cause and try to give his departed wife justice while trying to uncover the hard truth of what is going on.Fernando Meirelles Follow up his masterpiece ":City of God" with an equally satisfying journey of self-discovery, love and Justice. Ralph Fiennes owns the role of Justin and he takes you into the center this thrilling journey and into the center of his soul as well. The real showstopper here is the performance of Rachel Weisz, who gives the right balance of self-righteousness, heart and determination with her role. Weisz makes you believe in the film and makes you equally as determine as Justin and she was in uncovering the conspiracy and uncovering the true about what had happen to her.This is one of the best films of the year and if there is any justice in the world, this baby would be nominated to the hill with Oscars and Rachel Weisz would get one as well because her performance is easily the best performance of any actor we have had all this year.
Meirelles, Weisz and Fiennes make a modern political masterpiece. (by lovemoreself)
Intelligent and moving political thriller that should be held right up there with "All The Presidents Men" and "The Killing Fields " as one of the best political thrillers ever made. Fernando Meirelles tops his last directional effort with a thriller that is moving, scary and down right forthright in it's views of big companies gone wrong and the horrors that they are willing to inflect on others for the sake of profit. Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes give career best performances in this film and that's a huge compliment considering the fact that they are good in <more>
almost everything they do, even in bad movies. Weisz is strong willed and obsessive and Fiennes is determine and endearing and both of them compliment each other with there destine to be award winning chemistry and acting chops. The director compliments both of them with a view of Africa that is rarely seen in film and a sense of reality that is only found in real life.Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes and Fernando Meirelles all should be honored at award season for their amazing efforts in this film because as of right now, this is with out a doubt the film to beat come Oscar time.
Slow tension building thriller that is charge even more with the great performances of Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes, who both bring an essence of realism to their roles and a sense of chemistry that is really not found in movies like this anymore. Rachel Weisz brings a ferry fury that is ripe in it's convictions and Ralph Fiennes brings a cool, collective zeal that is a slow building timer ready to emotionally exploded at any minute. Both performances compliment the fine directing of Fernando Meirelles, who gives this tale a sense of brilliance in its storytelling and a sense of the way <more>
the world really works. It's a heartfelt story of lost and redemption and it's hauntingly poetic in it's horrifying look at the horrors of a world that is willing to cast a blind eye at the problems of big business and corrupt governments that are willing to do anything in order to make a fast buck. Even going as far than to destroy human life to achieve their goals.This is a brilliant film and I can't wait to see it again.
This is a rare gem in today's gravel pit of features. Rachel Weisz is truly transcendent. She is just so immensely real and powerful and alive! Fienne's role as that of a somewhat distant man is the perfect complement to this.Visually, this is one of the finest films I've seen in years; the editing is brilliant and the cinematography is beautiful; the DP gives us subtle stylistic cues and approaches which highlight the many different worlds we encounter, from the abject poverty of Africa to the interior of a private London club. See this film...and see what a movie can really be.
with apologies to "Crash", the best movie of 2005... (by iblboxing)
Rather than offering the same contrived review that most people simply skim through, I am going to evaluate the movie based on several categories. Each category will be given a grade A thru F accordingly.Directing: Awhy: Fernando Meirelles City of God repeats in Oscar-worthy fashion. Without giving anything away, the structure of this movie is incredible. Cinematography: Awhy: Meirelles and Cesar Charlone combine a thrilling adventure with one of the most phenomenal displays of cinematography I've ever seen.Plot: B+why: while the first 3/4 of the movie are exhilarating as any, the <more>
last twenty-five or so minutes of the movie couldn't keep up the high suspense. Script: B+ why: the film takes place in London and Kenya and the script complies, and very well at that.Acting: Awhy: Ralph Fiennes is obvious the new Liam Neesom. Fiennes delivers a stellar performance and SHOULD be a top candidate for Best Actor in 2006. However, Rachel Weisz stole the show. I was amazed are her ability to maintain the emotion and power throughout. Wow.Editing: Awhy: editing was on par with directing and cinematography - maybe even above it. The editing and mish-moshing of scenes was AMAZING and ranks among the top 10 I've ever seen.Music: A-why: the original score fit the movie. not much else to say about that.Overall Grade: Aa touching, exciting film shot with such beautiful creativity that it'd be a shame if people ignored it. it's movies like this that will be remember through time, not the horrid garbage the mainstream public wastes their $10 per ticket on. SEE THIS MOVIE, YOU WILL ENJOY IT.
Political thriller viewed through the lens of a romance (by videobrooklyn)
Films that are written as thrillers, suspense stories and romances all feature certain story elements that define the genre. How the elements are combined to tell a specific story is the measure of a story's success at convincing an audience of its worth. "The Constant Gardener" is a well-crafted story with many fine performances, starting with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, and including the many character actors who make this film feel viscerally real and true. In the tradition of films like "Silkwood", "Z" and" The Insider", the director of <more>
"City of God" takes the audience on a tense, suspenseful ride with characters who dare tell truth to power. The film viewing experience feels dangerous and worth-while. No doubt, "The Constant Gardener", like "City of God" will fuel discussion about the politics which is the basis of this film, and will also send more people to read John Le Carre's book, which is the basis of the film.
3-in-1 Film: Romance, Thriller, and Social Realism! (by lavatch)
"The Constant Gardener" seeks to juggle three film stylesthe romance, the thriller, and provocative social realism. On all three levels, the film succeeds, especially with the latter.Much credit should go to director Fernando Meirelles, who has synthesized a virtual textbook of different film techniques. The uses of set-ups, location filming, lenses, film editing, and close-ups were simply dazzling. While the panoramic scenes of the African landscape were breathtaking, there was a starkly contrasting approach to the close-ups in the scenes in the city. The jittery, hand-held <more>
camera sequences added to the dramatic tension and underscored the urgency of coming to terms with poverty and disease.The romantic portion of the film was anchored by the two characters played by Ralph Fiennes Justin and Rachel Weisz Tessa . Their first meeting was dynamically presented as Tessa was a social activist heckling Justin as he was making a political speech. When the hall was cleared, however, it was Justin who was actually comforting Tessa after her outburst. The juxtaposition of the placid, passive Justin versus the fervent, hyper-kinetic Tessa was brilliantly established in that opening scene. The strands of thriller and social realism are inextricably tied together in the film. As a whodunit, "The Constant Gardener" seeks to uncover what actually happened to Justin and Tessa on their African journey. At the same time, the main culprit that emerges is the heavy hand of greed as the pharmaceutical companies exploit helpless victims of tuberculosis for the purpose of testing and marketing an experimental drug. At one point in the film, it is disclosed to Justin that the pharmaceutical industry is no different than "arms dealers."Another British film entitled "The Girl in the Café" appeared recently on American cable television. That gem of a film is a low-budget version of "The Constant Gardener." Both films seek to raise consciousness about the tragedy of world hunger and disease. The title of "The Constant Gardener" is an important one because of the time and care taken by Justin in his garden both at work and at home. In the process, however, he has ignored the urgent pleas of his wife, and he has lost touch with the world crisis to which he is arguably a contributor. The eighteenth-century French writer Voltaire ended his famous novel "Candide" with the slogan "One must cultivate one's garden." This film would appear to suggest that instead of tending our gardens, we need to follow the lead of Justin and Rachel and see how we all might work to help others right now.
A compelling love story, very original and an intriguing drama with a flavor of reality (by Nazi_Fighter_David)
The movie opens with a genteel British diplomat whose hobby provides the title, falling for a fiery human-rights activist Tessa Rachel Weisz , after she harasses him during a speech They're soon married, and she follows him on a placement to Kenya There, Justin Ralph Fiennes becomes increasingly uncomfortable with Tessa's strange relationship with Arnold Bluhm Hubert Koundé , a black physician, doing well, he's not sure what Suspicion of her brutal assassination soon falls on her confidant Bluhm as he was the last one seen with her, and he's now missing <more>
Justin's journey for answers takes him on a tragic odyssey fraught with mystery and peril Haunted by memories, Justin undergoes a personality change to become more assertive when he uncovers a huge conspiracy that will stop at nothing even to make money at the expense of helpless Africans, who can't fight their own fight The film is visually brilliant, and the best aspect of it, is the murder mystery Is Tessa really in love with Justin? Is she having an affair? What is she really up to? Based on the best-selling novel by master thriller writer John le Carré, "The Constant Gardener" is a fine love story wrapped up in a parable which has real power and it has credibility It depicts the breach between the rich and the poor and demonstrates quite well that the world is deeply corrupt Fiennes' character, Justin, is a minor member of the diplomat corps more interested in his garden than in other people, until the passionate, radical world of Rachel Weisz's Tessa turns everything on its head Justin respected Tessa's spirit and her conviction and idealism And because of his love for her, he had to finish what she started Of course people don't want the information to get out and they will do anything to silence him Rachel Weisz won her first Oscar on March 5th, 2006 for her impressive performance as the beautiful, kooky young woman, whose passion for her cause initially overshadows her gentle side
It left me wondering: "How close to the truth did they actually come?" (by WCS02)
I walked away from The Constant Gardener wondering how drug companies actually bench test their drugs. The current Vioxx settlement certainly inspired cynicism This is a thriller for the thinking crowd with sufficient chase scenes and action sequences to justify the genre. It's paced slower then the average Grisham or Ludlum Jason Bourne movies I've come to love. But if you're interested in the stark realities of how medicines are tested in third world nations without having to endure negative consequences, this is a film you will want to see. It purports to reveal <more>
real-world events from Africa.Pharmaceutical company corporate greed and compromised government ethics set the mood as Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz on separate courses do what they can to reveal the corruption spinning all around them. Fiennes is a British diplomat who understands what it takes to succeed in a compromising diplomatic position. Weisz refuses to give in. She's on a mission to reveal the truth - taking the political activist route - from the moment they meet. Fiennes is a love interest to the luscious Weisz, someone who offers an opportunity to cut the red tape and speed the truth about the mischief to which the drug company s are up to in Africa.It's a brilliant movie showcasing how third world countries are or can be exploited. It deals with how a major pharmaceutical firm conducts harmful tests on ignorant, unsuspecting Kenyans. We see the other side of Africa the side unseen in the enticing Kenyan safari tourist posters.This is a thriller that thrills both the mind as well as the spirit. It left me wondering, "how close to the truth did they actually come?"