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A Most Wanted Man
Genre Thriller

A Most Wanted Man is one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's last films, one that exemplifies his commitment to the craft and serves as a continuance of a great legacy of performances from the late great. It's with a sullen sense of irony that Anton Corbijn, director of Control, the film about Joy Division's Ian Curtis, is one of the last directors to work with Hoffman.

Hoffman's swan song shows a disheveled and unhealthy-looking man, who completely immerses himself in a character whose dedication to his career and hard-living have taken their toll. It's a ghostly performance, befitting of the character, and a reflection of what was possibly going on in Hoffman's life at the time.

A Most Wanted Man is based on the John le Carré novel of the same name, about a Chechan Muslim who gets caught in the international war on terror after illegally immigrating to Hamburg. This is a slow-burning and character-driven mystery drama thriller as we encounter an unHollywood version of what real espionage is all about.

Hoffman leads a strong cast, which includes: Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Brühl and Grigoriy Dobrygin as Issa Karpov, the immigrant. The tension exists in each of the characters, who are essentially good with that little bit of bad that casts all of them in suspicion. We focus on one agent's attempt to calm a muddy international situation and resolve it without resorting to extreme measures.

A Most Wanted Man isn't an explosive thriller, but more of a smart, tense political drama as sons betray their fathers for the greater good. The film has a modern edge similar to The East in the way it's been composed - then, at the same time it has the pensive, haunting mood of The Lives of Others. It's more stimulating and intriguing than "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and has enough quality ingredients to keep you invested.

The bottom line: Compelling

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