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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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Very best movie i ever watch


Absolutely Brilliant!

Sameer Callahan

It really made me laugh, but for some moments I was tearing up because I could relate so much.

Nayan Gough

A great movie, one of the best of this year. There was a bit of confusion at one point in the plot, but nothing serious.


A Most Wanted Man3 And A Half Out Of 5A Most Wanted Man is a character driven political thriller about a few good-hearted infiltrators whose attempt to pull of an impossible yet utterly glorious task ends up with dilemmas on each step. The stakes aren't higher as one usually gets in such tales, but the inner politics is so well constructed that you cannot not communicate with its designing. The screenplay is so tight and written like a poetry on the sense that it enfolds each time a different perspective, angle, character and a piece of information that somehow sets the clock at zero. And since the feature is build upon the race against time factor, the sense of urgency never fades away even though it ticks for an entire two hours. Corbign's world is busy in all its act (even in its first act, it doesn't spend its time on laying out the plot for the audience) where the viewers has to work hard to catch up with it. It is rich on technical aspects like using its props, amazing camera work, fine editing and sharp sound effects although fails on pitching a palpable background score. Goose fleshing revelations, tricky and convoluted plot and eye-popping cinematography are the high points of the feature that keeps the audience tangled in its world. Bovell's adaptation might be gripping and layered but Corbign's execution surpasses the script and sensibly respects each frame projected on the screen. Hoffman oozes power, vulnerability and emotional aspects of his character unflinchingly with an amazing supporting cast like McAdams, Dafoe Wright, Bruhl and Krieps. A Most Wanted Man is not what we wanted but needed, in an industry where most of the mission were taken over by action and chase scenes, it is inexpressibly refreshing to encounter a chess game.


In Hamburg the security forces, including a secret unit led by Günther Bachmann, suspect that respected Muslim philanthropist Dr Faisal Abdullah is actually channelling money to terrorist causes; the problem is they can't prove anything. Then Chechen refugee Issa Karpov arrives in Germany illegally; Günther's unit becomes aware of him and more importantly that he has links to terrorists in his homeland. Rather than arrest Issa straight away it is decided to see who he makes contact with. As Günther says, 'you use a minnow to catch a barracuda, you use a barracuda to catch a shark'… Issa is definitely considered to be the minnow that might just get Günther the leverage he will need to make Abdullah lead him to a 'shark'. To do this he focuses on Issa's lawyer as she is going to see a banker concerning a large quantity of money that his father, a man he disposed, left him. Günther isn't the only person interested in Issa and Abdullah; other German agencies and the US have them in their sights.Anybody who has watched other adaptations of the works of John le Carré, or read his books, will know not to expect lots of 'James Bond' style action; this is a grittier, more believable, depiction of spycraft. There is a lot of 'waiting and watching', application of pressure and inter-agency politics before the story reaches its surprisingly downbeat conclusion. It could be argued that the film is slow paced but that suited the story and the slowness didn't prevent it from being tense. Philip Seymour Hoffman put is a great performance as Günther Bachmann; it is a tragedy that that this was to be one of his final roles before his untimely death. The rest of the cast impress too; each giving the low-key performances that suits characters who live in the shadows. Overall I'd certainly recommend this to people looking for a modern spy thriller but don't demand lots of action.

Alyssa Black (Aly200)

John Le Carre is known for his thrilling tales of international espionage, spies and the gritty underworld of the government. In this haunting tale, late great actor Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as Gunther Bachmann, a veteran German investigator who is assigned to interrogate a young Russian refugee who may or may not be a terrorist.The acting from Hoffman was one of the actor's final performances before his untimely death in Feburary 2014 and is one of the greatest final works by the Oscar winner. Hoffman's Gunther is intelligent, but silent and brooding while being methodical in his techniques. However the man often clashes with his superior who prefers to quickly wrap up the case while Gunther wants to take a "wait and see" approach to be sure of his suspicions. The actor's German accent is even solid.The supporting cast around Hoffman is equally engaging. Russian actor Grigory Dobrygin delivers a mostly silent, but powerful portrayal of the suspect, Issa Karpov. Speaking mostly in his native tongue, the actor is compelling making question his motives as much as the likes of Gunther and his associates, Robin Wright as CIA big-wig Martha Sullivan and Rachel McAdams's reporter Annabel Richter. Rachel McAdams delivers one of her best performances as the nosy Annabel, a reporter who throws a kink into Gunther's operation when she begins to aid Issa in his plans. This course of action ultimately plays into the cat and mouse game between the German investigators and their target and culminates in a shocking final act. And rounding out the key players is Willem Dafoe as banker Tommy Brue, the key-holder to Issa's pursuit to go off-grid in Germany. Given the American actor has played a few German characters, Dafoe's accent is solid and never sounds forced or fake. As Brue, Dafoe first plays Brue as cool an confident in his interactions with McAdams' Annabel (even flirting with the visibly annoyed reporter) to a frightened and nervous man when confronted by Gunther and becomes a reluctant pawn in Gunther's plan to capture Issa.The film's narrative is exciting from the minute the camera starts rolling to the final frame. In typical Le Carre fashion, the hunt for Issa Karpov is a cat and mouse game of wits. As Gunther and his team race against the clock to get their evidence, each minute that ticks away gives their prey more and more of a head-start to escape the clutches of the law. The writing pits nearly all the characters against each other as they are forced to choose what side to be part of, this is most true of Rachel McAdams' Annabel, whose interest in Issa and his plight starts out as purely journalistic endeavor for a scoop but as she gets to know the refugee, Annabel becomes Issa's confidant and aides him; becoming a traitor to her country and a wanted woman in addition to the film's title wanted man. A compelling drama that will keep you invested and guessing as to what will happen next.


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.