It's a rare experience for me to watch a movie after reading the novel it's based on. There are so many comparisons, and those can result in complaints. Anyways, this was a reasonably faithful adaptation, and also very respectful one; there are many moments where things from the novel occur briefly even though they don't really add to the story.

The one performance that I enjoyed, which happens to be superior to all others, is that of Benedict Wong. He felt amazingly realistic, and was presented a very loving and admirable character. No one else impressed me, and that includes the acclaimed one of Matt Damon in the leading role.