5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish adaptation of Graham Greene novel
Fowler, (played by Michael Caine) is a seasoned correspondent working for 'The Times' newspaper in Vietnam at a time when French Colonial power is in decline and Communism in the ascendancy. He prides himself on his neutrality professing himself to be a reporter because he reports on affairs but does not get involved.
It is no doubt because of his knowledge of...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much grain
Although the movie itself is good, the bluray disc has alot of grain. This is something important to know. I can understand some grain, but in certain parts of the movie it's almost unbearable to watch, it's that bad.
Published on 7 Oct 2011 by Bartvl1979
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much grain,
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Bluray transfer ever?,
The Bluray transfer is truly appalling. Massive banding throughout, noticeable in dark scenes but generally present throughout. Colour timing is just staggeringly off, so that people's faces look like yellow Plasticene, let alone plastic. It's been rushed out after Disney gave up on Miramax and it hasn't been remastered at all: it looks like it's derived from a VHS master, it's that bad.
Don't buy this: write and complain and await a proper remastered transfer which captures the lovely luxurious darks and sensuous colours. Awful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Awful quality blu-ray,
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish adaptation of Graham Greene novel,
This review is from: The Quiet American [DVD] (DVD)Fowler, (played by Michael Caine) is a seasoned correspondent working for 'The Times' newspaper in Vietnam at a time when French Colonial power is in decline and Communism in the ascendancy. He prides himself on his neutrality professing himself to be a reporter because he reports on affairs but does not get involved.
It is no doubt because of his knowledge of the country that he finds himself being approached by the eponymous quiet American who purports to work for the American Economic Aid mission and wants to learn more about Vietnam.
Initially Fowler is to some extent drawn in by the understated manner of a man who seems a long way removed from the stereotypically brash and loud Americans that he has previously encountered. However, he also has a slightly supercilious attitude towards the American finding the faith that he places in a third way for Vietnam, which is neither French colonialism nor Communism, and which will be based on democracy, to be rather naive and idealistic. All the same, Fowler wrongly supposes that the American is harmless enough and subsequently discovers that he has badly underestimated him.
Like the novel, the film successfully intertwines the personal and the political and gives us characters who are presented in morally ambivalent terms. It presents a conflict between New World values represented by America and Old World values represented by the Europeans and shows us how CIA involvement in Vietnam ultimately propels Fowler into abandoning his neutrality and making a difficult moral choice.
This is a visually impressive and thought-provoking film; in every way an excellent evening's entertainment.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting film,
This review is from: The Quiet American [DVD] (DVD)I am not a Michael Caine fan and nor am I familiar with a lot of Graham Green's work but I enjoyed this thought provoking film. The story line is not quite the same as the book and I think I prefer the film i that regard but the book does addres more of the subtle political and social nuances better. A good film for a quiet evening of reflection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Sooner or later one has to take sides, if one is to remain human",
This review is from: The Quiet American [DVD] (DVD)When I was at school I had to take an exam on this (immense!) Graham Greene novel. It influenced our whole class profoundly. We found it very thought provoking, and held endless discussions about it - especially as we had to do quite a few analyses of the history and text involved for our exam. No wonder it is such popular exam material for the British Council, taught to many foreign students abroad (not to mention it portrays the British in a very favourable light).
As a result, the film feels a bit strange, as it is rather different in mood and style to the book (but then most films are). The strangest thing about the film is that the main character is much younger in the book than in the film (because in the film he is played- superbly- by Michael Caine). This film is quite engaging, though, and most of the book's original ideas seep through and permeate the movie. I would still suggest one reads the book first, if one can be bothered, so that one can form their own visual images of the ideas in the text in their own head first. After that, one could watch this film, which is quite beautiful, especially its location shots. The acting is superb too; one gets to finally see Brendan Fraser in a role deserving of his talent. The only other time I have seen him star in a good role was "Gods and Monsters" (with that other holy monster of the British actor elite, Ian McKellen). That one also is a film well worth watching, whether you are a Fraser fan or not. The problem with Fraser is that, due to his good looks, he's often been type-cast in stupid teenage and action movies, that were a blatant waste of his talents (a predicament that female actresses mostly have to endure, but which rarely happens to male actors).
Although the film does not fully deal with most of the historical and political ideas of the book, one gets a very clear vision of what the original story had been, most notably with that so pertinent phrase against indifference and neutrality in the face of major events in history: "Sooner or later one has to take sides, if one is to remain human". I can no longer remember if this phrase was in the G. Greene book in its exact form, but it suits the film very well, and if the scriptwriter wrote this, well done! Another nice touch of the film is the ending, where you get clippings of newspapers showing you what happened next in Vietnam, after the time this story takes place. This adds an insight to the events, which the book could not of course have given. And it is a very nice touch when at the end, Michael Caine apologises to his mistress for what he has done to Pyle and she says to him "You do not need to apologise to me" (she, of course, doesn't know of the betrayal). I do remember that at the end of the book the hero expresses the need that he could have someone to whom he could say he was sorry. In the film he has, in a way. This is a key idea in the book, and the only way to bring it forward in a visual medium such as a film is to do it in the way it was done here.
A visually scrumptious, romantic and thought provoking film. You could do worse with an evening's entertainment!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a good film,
This review is from: The Quiet American [DVD] (DVD)Having read the book and visited Vietnam it was good to see the streets we had walked through on film, the hotel in which he stays is based on the Caravelle.
A lot missing in the film but a good story line, i'd recommend the book its a good read
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the quiet american,
This review is from: The Quiet American [DVD] (DVD)If you enjoy Michael Caine films, this is a good one to watch. He once again can express much with an expressionless face. The setting is excellent and the plot is what you would expect from Graham Green.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars damn good film,
This review is from: The Quiet American [DVD] (DVD)Haven't seen this dvd yet, but have seen the film and it's good I run a film club and this will be shown in the NewYear.
Expect a good reaction
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet American,
Good acting from all in the film and the Blu-Ray transfer quality is exilant.
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