I rented The Constant Gardener today, and it’s excellent. Clocking in at 2 hours, it’s a long and somewhat slowly paced film, but it’s never boring. The film juggles romance, suspense and sociopolitical commentary deftly, and is particularly successful at the latter. In a nutshell, the movie exposes the corruption in western government and big pharm, and how the two collaborate to exploit the third world. I found the film desperately sad, but I think it’s worth seeing. Ralph Fiennes won the BAFTA for Best Actor, and Rachel Weisz won both the BAFTA for Best Actress and the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. I hold little stock in the Oscars, but both of them deserved the awards. Strong, moving performances by both main characters, a horrifying and sad story, and absolutely beautiful cinematography (shot in Nairobi, Kenya) make this one of my favourite movies of the year.