The Constant Gardener (Widescreen Edition)
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Nominated for four Academy Awards, The Constant Gardener stars Ralph Fiennes and Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress Rachel Weisz. In this gripping suspense-thriller, a diplomat on the hunt for his wife's murderer uncovers a treacherous conspiracy that will destroy millions of innocent people - unless he can reveal its sinister roots. From the best-selling spy novel by John le Carre comes this edge-of-your-seat story of murder, deception and revenge that critics are calling " a hair-raising thriller with an unforgettable finale" (Karen Durbin, Elle).
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I might have enjoyed it more than I normally would because we analyzed it and it was fun to do so.
This film is extremely well directed. This is basically a murder mystery with an international scale. The pieces of the mystery are pulled together carefully and in an intelligent manner that keeps the viewer quessing while also keeping the viewer informed so that they do not lose track of the action. The cuts from interiors to exteriors, serenity to action, vista to close-up, are all masterfully done.
The acting is superb, with Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes at their best. She plays the rich angry activist who over speaks and over commits. He is a more intellectual careful diplomat who is driven to bold brave action as he tries to discover who killed his wife and why.
So if the photography, scenery, acting, and directing are all so excellent, why did I give it just 4 stars? I gave the film 4 stars primarily because of the shaky premise on which La Carre developed this plot. As we now know, TB is the major world killer of HIV infected persons. Medications to treat the treatment resistant strains of TB are crucial. In this film, a British pharmaceutical giant is testing a high powered TB medication on persons infected with HIV without consent and while some people are cured, many are dying from side effects of the powerful medication. This is so outlandish that it undermines the whole excellent film. Testing drugs without voluntary informed consent is no longer done and a pharmaceutical company that violated this rule would be in a heap of international trouble. The consequences of being caught are so great that no pharmaceutical company would ever do this. Secondly, in the film, those persons who are HIV positive and die of the side-effects of the drug are hidden in secret graves. Again, this is nonsense since licensure of medications requires extensive medical case records of those who did and did not receive the drugs. If those persons who died from side effects are deleted from the data-base, the medication may then be deemed efficacious when in fact it is not. However, once licensed, and side effects emerge, the lawsuits would destroy the pharmaceutical company. There is really no incentive to hide side effects, distort the data, and then face a industry destroying crisis when the true effects of the medication are later discovered.
This is an enjoyable suspenceful mystery showing a man propelled into brave action due to the incredible grief he feels for the loss of his wife and his desire to try to discover why she was killed. I just wish the central premise conducted by the bad guys was more realistic.
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