This is one of the rare movie that is very moving, touching, and really stays with you after you leave the theater. I watched this movie - expected nothing - and surprised by how awesomely beautiful that this movie really is. Forget about the whole suspense thriller thing, you have to look beyond that. This is a movie about human being, about love, about things that define us as imperfection, a movie about things that we always forget, and it reminds us to go back to our roots. After I left the theater, the feelings still linger and I was actually struck of how much humanity is at risk because of our own ignorance.
Activist Tessa Quayle (Rachel Weisz) is found brutally murdered in the remote area of Kenya, Africa. Tessa's husband, Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) is very heartbroken, especially when he heard rumors that his late wife cheated on him before she was killed. As a member of British High Commision, he investigate the murder of his wife and embark in a personal journey to uncover and expose the truth behind his wife's murder -- a conspiracy that really opens his eyes about the world.
It's been few month since I have seen it and I find it difficult to get it out of my mind. The images, the storyline and feelings stay with you. I was watching it in a very small theater. When the movie ended, I didn't want to leave the theater immediately... and I noticed several people were also still sitting. They seemed lost in their own thought, and so was I. The performances by both Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes are excellent. The relationship between Justin and Tessa came across as very real and touching.
The intimate moments were some of the most realistic I have ever seen. Their performances are unforgettable. Ralph Fiennes also demonstrates such a change from the beginning of the movie to the end. He conveys so much with just his face. He will break your heart. Especially as he gains wisdom. The soundtrack provides a wonderful complement to Justin's journey of discovery. The music has a haunting quality as does this movie. The movie seems to slowly draw you in and hooks you as you go along with it. It challenges the audience to see the reality and forces you to face your own complacency and place in the world. It is a powerful and moving story and I think will soon become a favorite. I expect nominations for all the major categories. I want this movie to be nominated for Oscar and for best movie, best actor and actress. Really. It's very good.
Due to my hectic schedule, I will not be able to review all new movies every week. I apologize. I will however review some older movies from DVDs from time to time. Thank you for understanding.
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