Thursday, 25 June 2015

The Quiet American (2002)

Contains Spoilers!

This is one of the best love triangle films I've ever seen. The music by Craig Armstrong is really outstanding--it's perhaps one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard. The movie is an adaptation of Graham Greene's novel and this remake of 1958 film is beautiful in many aspects. The screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Robert Schenkkan is very good. The plot is quite complex but very well handled for such a short length movie.

I am not much for politics but mystery was indeed more political than romantic in nature. The romance is mostly a symbolic representation of political strain between American and European forces in the Vietnam war.  In any case it's a wonderful mystery thriller. Michael Caine's performance is impressive and Brendan Fraser does complete justice with his difficult mysterious character. The film touches you at many levels and it's the success of wonderful storytelling.  

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Red Road ( 2006)

Red Road is a sensitive thriller which touches a very grave issue. The atmosphere is indeed voyeuristic- similar to Hitchcock's Rear Window. The pace with which the story unfolds is perfect and it has some passionate romance too. The lead performances are very realistic and climax is very moving yet believable. This is your typical ending which makes you feel happy, still because of the whole premise of the film it doesn't annoy you because it seems unusually humane for this story. A gripping thriller indeed. 

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