I don't go out to the movies much. I'm happy to take my chances with whatever dvd Blockbuster Online sends my way. After a series of duds (e tu, Indiana Jones?), last night's entry, The Constant Gardener, was a refreshing surprise.
It's the story of a British diplomat in Africa who begins investigating his wife's death and in the process uncovers both the immoral practices of the pharmaceutical industry and the truth about his wife. The film relies heavily on flashbacks to show the love story of Justin and Tessa, a technique that could be confusing or disruptive but was handled with a deft touch and helped to draw me into the mystery. My highest praise for the film is that it works on every level - as a thriller, as a love story, and as social commentary. The cinematography is amazing - gritty and beautiful - a perfect analogue of Africa itself.
My rating: 8.5/10