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* The Constant Gardener – Starring Ralph Fiennes & Rachel Weisz

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 31 January 2012

The Constant Gardener (2005) Directed by Fernando Meirelles ( City of God (2002)), starring Ralph Fiennes  (The English Patient (1996)) and  Rachel Weisz (The Lovely Bones (2009), The Bourne Legacy (2012, filming)), with Danny Huston (Children of Men (2006))Bill Nighy (Love Actually (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)) and others.  This outstanding, award-winning dramatic thriller, a condemnation of corruption in government and the pharmaceutical industry, follows a soft-spoken and sensitive low level British diplomat, Justin Quayle, played to perfection by Ralph Fiennes, as he investigates the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death.  Quayle’s wife, Tessa, a passionate and, at times, overbearing activist, is portrayed by an excellent Rachel Weisz, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her efforts.  Danny Huston, son of legendary director John Huston and half-brother of actress Anjelica Huston, is also very good as Justin Quayle’s (Fiennes) deceitful immediate supervisor, as is Bill Nighy, as the corrupt head of the Africa Desk for the British Foreign Office.  Magnificently filmed, from the vast and spectacular plains of Africa, to the squalor of the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, to the intimacy of a loving couple with an excellent screenplay by Jeffrey Caine based on the eponymous novel by John le Carré, and superb music by Alberto Iglesias, The Constant Gardener is, in both a large scale and personal manner, a critical look at Western liberal conscience, ethical and moral responsibility, personal virtue, courage and devotion, as well as being a finely honed, complex adult thriller.  Definitely a must-see film. (PR)

See our posts of the films Sunshine, starring both Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, and Spider, starring Ralph Fiennes, directed by David Cronenberg.

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Extraordinary Measures – Starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 4 December 2011

Extraordinary Measures (2010)(DVD)  Directed by Tom Vaughan, starring Brendan Fraser (The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)) and Harrison Ford (Blade Runner (1982), Witness (1985), The Fugitive (1993), The Devil’s Own (1997), and, of course, many others).  A bit of a tear-jerker medical drama, Extraordinary Measures, based on a true story, is about the development of a drug to treat Pompe Disease, which damages muscle and nerve cells throughout the body.  While the pharmaceutical industry gets off rather lightly, the difficulties of medical research, drug development and  life-threatening childhood disease is nevertheless brought to the fore.  However, as far as the film itself is concerned, the dialogue is flat, the characters are generic, the directing, frankly, uninspired.  Brendan Fraser is leaden and ponderously empty, while Harrison Ford plays the cantankerous, socially challenged character he has portrayed perhaps too often and, here, in Extraordinary Measures, one has the impression that  things have been reheated one time too many.  Nevertheless, the film deserves attention for bringing to the public consciousness the plight of children suffering from debilitating, often fatal, disease. (PR)

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