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This is an important film for an unfortunate reason. It contains the last leading performance of the late Phillip Seymour Hoffmann, one of the best actors of his generation.
The loss of such a talent is made more profound when one watches “A Most Wanted Man” and see that this actor will never be able to see, in my opinion, his best performance.
Hoffmann plays a German spy based in Hamburg, tasked with orchestrating the surveillance of Islamic terror suspects in the city.
Like John Le Carre’s other famous recent adaptation “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, a one sentence synopsis cannot convey the complexity of this movie. A movie which, I can safely say, is my favourite I’ve seen this year.
Hoffmann’s character has little explained backstory and rarely expresses much emotion. Yet the actor was able to channel great silent nuances which couldn’t be put across if screenwriter Andrew Bovell, who has done a great job here, had him explain verbally how he was feeling.
Willem Defoe and Rachel McAdams, in supporting roles, give my favourite performances I’ve seen from them. And, like Hoffmann, their German accents never stray from authenticity.
“A Most Wanted Man” explores REAL Post 9/11 espionage. No gadgets, no beautiful girls, no fast cars. Just people fighting a war against an extremely complex, invisible threat. It delivers this in a way which is balanced, thrilling and makes it deserve recognition as one of the best spy movies ever made.
Recommended Scenario: When you want to see a brilliant film take a global issue as seriously as it deserves.
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