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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Health Research on the CheapBy a customer , 17 Sep 2013A gripping story that hints at back hand deals for research. Goes into native Africa and it's tribal lands and back to Government.
Worth seeingBy Eastbourne (21 reviews) , 20 Aug 2013Good film, a well worked plot that switches back and forth across time to help mimic the lead characters thoughts. Particularly liked the authenticity, which sets it apart from the usual pleasing to the eye US tat
Not worth it!By a customer , 30 May 2013Unfortunately found this film extremely slow , I gave up on it in the end. Didn't even watch it right through, so boring!
Book and film comparisonBy a customer , 22 Apr 2013If you haven't read the book the film is ok. With such good cast the acting is well done. The scenery in Africa is great and the use the local African towns and children well done. If you have read the book you will be very disappointed as most of the tension and danger is missing, replaced by mixing small pieces of the story in the wrong places and loosing the thread of the story although it does end up with the same ending.
Great film for conspiracy theoristsBy The KnightWatcher (627 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 24 Feb 2013Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz. Weisz is the wife of a diplomat and an activist who exposes cavalier testing of drugs in Africa. She is murdered in what becomes a suspense thriller with conspiracy theory type credibility. A great film that is memorable and make you think.