The Quiet American

Review: A

I saw The Qui­et Amer­i­can last week, and I want­ed to do a quick review. Faith­ful to the Gra­ham Greene nov­el, on which the film is based, it’s a com­pli­cat­ed movie with char­ac­ters that are both flawed and heroic.

Con­trary to Mira­max’s fears, the movie is _not_ anti-Amer­i­can or unpa­tri­ot­ic– still, it’s a film worth see­ing at this time of renewed Amer­i­can adven­tur­ism. Michael Caine and Bren­dan Fras­er give excep­tion­al per­for­mances, and the pro­duc­tion design is faith­ful to the peri­od, with­out get­ting nos­tal­gic, ala Auto Focus and Con­fes­sions of a Dan­ger­ous Mind.

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