The Constant Gardener details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Bill Nighy, Daniele Harford, Hubert Kounde, Pete Postlethwaite, Nick Reding, Anneke Kim Sarnau, Donald Apiyo|
|Collections:||Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
The Constant Gardener
|Run time:||2 hours 9 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
From Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, The Constant Gardener is a tragic love story starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz.
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Gripping tragic love story hidden behind a propaganda thrillerBy wreeve (60 reviews) from London NW3 , 26 Nov 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]I didn't know what to expect but this movie hit lots of my favourite buttons. Fiennes and Weisz are outstanding, and are supported by Bill Nye (always excellent - here the exact opposite of his Love Actually role), Pete Postlethwaite, and other familiar faces.
The ostensible plot revolves around nasty capitalist pharma companies killing innocent Africans, in cahoots with the naughty British government. Amidst many beautiful settings (in London and in Africa), there is the occasional overwraught scene by the famous Brazilian director. There are marriages, mistresses and MI6 - complete with references to Bond.
But despite the minor gripes, overall the story is compelling, the (white, British) characters charismatic, and your initial ebb and ultimate flow are completely controlled thru-out in a master performance. One to watch for 2006 Ocars.
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A moving dramaBy Jammy74 (67 reviews) from Felixstowe, UK , 21 Apr 2010The Constant Gardener is a hard film to categorise, as it has so many parts: love story, thriller & drama to name but a few (OK, there's not much comedy). It's a tale of murder, conspiracy, political intrigue and moving tragedy, told beautifully and with some terrific central performances.
If there is one criticism, it would have to be that the pace is occasionally a little too sedate to suit the thriller tendencies of the film, making the shattering finale rather too abrupt rather than built up to properly.
It's also unlikely to leave you with a huge grin on your faec come the end. But for all that it gets you thinking and makes you care for its characters. Well worth a watch.
Quality filmBy a customer from OXON , 21 Mar 2010Great acting, insightful and a fast flowing plot meant that I was hooked on this film from start to finish. Recommended viewing
Rather disappointingBy LizB (71 reviews) from Nottingham , 14 Mar 2010This film was a bit of a let-down for me - certainly not as good as all the hype surrounding it. The acting was ok but I found it all rather tedious and couldn't wait for it to end.
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Excellent storylineBy saldog (7 reviews) from lanarkshire , 07 Mar 2010I watched hits movie twice as first time round I got a little confused nearing the end. It starts off quite slow but accelerates very quickly and by the end you are wondering what has happened as so much information seems to be passed over late on in the film. It is a mixture of love, adventure, crime, politics, drama and whoever knows what else. It would suit all types of film lovers and was a hit with rom com lover me and action lover partner.
slow and boringBy eorbmd (34 reviews) from Cupar , 04 Mar 2010I just couldn't get into this film :(