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A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man, a thrilling and superb espionage film based on John Le Carre’s (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold) novel about the aftermath of 9/11 and the choices countries make under the guise of national security. Directed with a deft hand, Anton Corbijn (The Americans), subtly lays out the train of events that unfolds in a twist turning climax. With the aide of exquisite cinematography by Benoît Delhomme, and Australian screenwriter Andrew Bovell’s emotional storytelling, Corbijn delivers a film that’s as atmospheric as it is provocative.

Yet, the real star of the movie is Phillip Seymour Hoffman (in his final film), with one of his most nuanced and brilliant performances. Kenneth Turan sums up Hoffman’s expert portrayal of German intelligence officer, Gunther Bachmann, in his Los Angeles Times review, ” He manages to be simultaneously disheveled and determined, phlegmatic and emotional, a harsh interrogator and a warm paternal figure in a performance that feels completely natural, even off the cuff.”

The entire cast, which includes Rachel McAdams, William Defoe, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Robin Wright, as well as German actors Nina Hoss, Franz Hartwig and an underused Daniel Brühl, along with Homayoun Ershadi and Mehdi Dehbi, are well casted and excellent.

This a definite must see movie, and I imagine come award season, one that will be heavily nominated.

 

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