The Quiet American (2002)


“I know I am behaving badly, but I have every intention of behaving badly. As a matter of fact, this is exactly the kind of situation where one should behave badly. ” – Thomas Fowler

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 May 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A British journalist and an American aid worker in Vietnam both fight for the love of a young Vietnamese woman as the country enters more and more turmoil during the 1950’s.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had no interest in seeing and didn’t even recall that it was made despite the fact that Michael Caine was Oscar nominated for Best Actor for his role.

The story itself moves along super slow and really borders on boring almost the entire time.

This is a relatively short film of just around 9 minutes, yet even that feels too much for this kind of story which takes forever to get to where it’s going.

This film largely relies on the love triangle between the characters to keep things interesting but parts of it all extremely difficult to believe largely due to the vast age differences between Caine and Brenden Fraser.

This film does get pints for the way that they are able to show how early US involvement in the affairs of Vietnam clearly led to a need for a larger escalation in its forces not long afterwards and for nearly two decades.

The acting in this film is ok  but no one really stands out as being superb here which is why I winder how Michael Caine was able to garner a Best Actor Nomination for the role he plays here.

Bottom Line – Pretty boring film with some fine performances. The pacing of the film moves along way too slowly and even as a short runtime of 90 minutes, this film feels too long. The love triangle aspect of the film is a bit hard to swallow because of the vast age difference between Caine and Fraser. The film does a fair job of showing how the early American involvement on Vietnam led to the need for escalation in the decade that follows. The acting is fine by Caine and Fraser but neither is amazing here and I question how Caine got an Oscar Nomination for this film.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At age 68, Sir Michael Caine was felt to be too old for his character, but his performance still led him to receive an Oscar nomination. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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