A Most Wanted Man (2014)

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A Most Wanted Man (2014)
  • Time: 122 min
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Director: Anton Corbijn
  • Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Brühl

Storyline:

When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man’s true identity – oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Based on John le Carré’s novel, “A Most Wanted Man” is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene.

3 comments

  • Excellent. Brilliant movie. Philip Seymour Hoffman is wonderful and convincing in his role – brilliant German accent too I might add. Rachel Macadams is fantastic as the naive aid worker. Gripping and intense the whole way through. You never look away. It’s done so well you’re never made to judge the characters for good or bad. You find yourself either liking them or hating them. Hoffman is outstanding and I think all the audience members want to cry out in rage on his behalf at the end. Very intense. Very realistic story. There’s a key moment when Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character says ” We both know he’s innocent” Didn’t see that one coming. Great moment. It made me want to read up about terrrorism in Germany and work out how accurate it is. I’m fairly sure it is pretty accurate. This was a great way for Philip Seymour Hoffman to go out. Ending his career on an up. If he were alive he most certainly would have got an Oscar nomination. Highly recommend and will re watch for sure

  • One would not think the signing of a document would be cause for suspense but indeed it is in the meticulously crafted espionage drama A Most Wanted Man.

    The film opens in Hamburg the city in which, as the prologue explains, Mohammad Atta planned the 9/11 attacks without interference due to intelligence failures and interdepartmental rivalries. Intent on not repeating their mistakes, both German and international intelligence services have kept close watch on any potential terrorist activities. Into this atmosphere of paranoia arrives Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a half-Muslim, half-Chechen twenty-six-year-old escaped militant jihadist sought by Gunther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman).

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  • “A Most Wanted Man” is good, dark, gritty, sad cinema. It’s sadder yet as it’s the last work of art the great Philip Seymour Hoffmann offered us. That last shot is too bleak a farewell to one of the Greatest Artists of our time.
    The plot is very relevant in today’s global war on terrorism, however it took almost thirty minutes to understand the story. Hoffman really shines with one last but not least great character performance, nothing else to say about that. Rachel McAdams is believable as an attorney, even an immigration/asylum specialist, but a lawyer riding a bicycle, violating attorney-client privileges, come on! William Dafoe was great, as were most of the other cast members. However, the pace was a little slow, the movie was billed as a suspense/thriller, and there wasn’t much suspense, that’s the negative point… But overall, the movie rolls out a bit confusingly at first but stick with it; it was an artistic choice, wisely made. We will miss you, Philip…

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