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A Most Wanted Man (2014)

July. 25,2014
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A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg and becomes a person of interest for a covert government team which tracks the movements of potential terrorists.


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A sluggish, low key, mopey, dragged on movie that needed a good shot of Drano. I don't even recall much what happened because after 10 minutes I just let it run in the background and did something else. Every once in awhile I'd look over and watch Hoffman do his best impression of an actor bent on being as boring as possible. Occasionally, he would make a face or say something benign.Hoffman's best performance was probably in Boogie Nights. One of the best movies of the 90's. Sad that this was Hoffman's final hurrah. The man had talent.


The first thing that I want to say is that this is far more a John Le Carre movie than it is a movie by the director or by the cast. A Carre storyline is a lean, minimal, slow burning spy thriller grounded in realistic trade-craft, short on gadgets and long on twists. Intelligence is required to watch here, and will be rewarded.There isn't a pat, simple plot, or clearly defined lines of good or evil. There aren't amazing effects. It's not that kind of spy movie. Shootouts, stunts, rooftop chases, and high-stakes games in glamorous casinos happen in other movies.A lot has been made of Phillip Seymour Hoffman's turn in this, and deservedly so: he's very, very good. The support cast deserves credit, too, in particular the relative unknowns playing the human rights lawyer and her recently-arrived client. There have been some comments about Willem Dafoe's banker, and although Dafoe does make him the most outspoken character in the movie, I think he needs to be played that way.I've rated this for what it is. If you go in expecting entertainment laid out on a plate, forget it - you'll have a terrible time. If you want to be challenged at every step of the way, to have to work out what is going on and why, then this is definitely worth checking out.

George Wright

This spy movie drew me in from the start by the masterful performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman. The dry wit, the curiously soft German accent, and the image of the workaday spy operating in a cloak and dagger world made Hoffman's character very sympathetic. We find him in the city of Hamburg, a gritty setting with a Muslim population that would draw attention from the security world with its connection to 9/11. We get a sense of how the world has changed since 2001 with security forces sniffing for suspects in a universe where terrorism stalks daily life. In this case, the link is through a Chechen seeking asylum from a ruthless Russian regime and an Islam charity operative who could be funnelling funds to terrorists. In this world there is infighting between Americans and Germans and the governments that tolerate spy networks for the sake of public safety but don't want anyone to know about them. The dialogue is often in hushed tones and the noirish atmosphere is enhanced by dark neighbourhoods near busy port locations. Hoffman works with Willem Dafoe, playing a banker and Rachel McAdams as a lawyer assisting asylum seekers who run up against the authorities. A very riveting drama is played out among the leading characters in a back alley setting that is an unseen war zone in our post 9/11 world.

Wajdan Khan

No matter how hard you try how many films you make Against Islam, it would still be propaganda nothing else. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world.With less than 5% of the world's population, the United States is home to roughly 35–50 per cent of the world's civilian-owned guns, heavily skewing the global geography of firearms and any relative comparison.The US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world - an average of 88 per 100 people. That puts it first in the world for gun ownership.Puerto Rico tops the world's table for firearms murders as a percentage of all homicides - 94.8%. It's followed by Sierra Leone in Africa and Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean.PS Study: U.S. regime has killed 20-30 million people since World War Two. American Nation is Worlds No.1 Terrorist Nation on the planet. Truth is Bitter.