“Philip Seymour Hoffman’s portrait of a smart and seedy old German spy dominates this atmospheric and subdued John le Carre adaptation. The subtle cat-and-mouse espionage games and relative degrees of political and personal malignancy novelist John Le Carre has famously demarcated for more than a half-century are well represented in Anton Corbijn’s (THE AMERICAN) film version of the master’s 2008 best-seller A Most Wanted Man. This admirably textured thriller, rooted in Eastern immigrant-laden Hamburg, which also stars Rachel MacAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe, will prove absorbing to attentive audiences internationally who don’t need everything spelled out to them”—The Hollywood Reporter. The story follows a Chechen Muslim who illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror. “Hoffman brings a superbly world-weary quality to the role of Bachmann, whose subtle methods are predicated on a deep understanding of human complexity and the reality that no one is either fully good or fully evil—an insight that makes for good detective work, and good drama as well”—Variety. R. 121 Min.
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