“Every good man has a little bit of bad,” remarks Robin Wright’s character to a German accented Philip Seymour Hoffman in this trailer for A Most Wanted Man. She’s talking about a potential terrorist, but she may as well have been talking about Hoffman himself. The insanely talented, Oscar winning thesp was found dead in his apartment earlier this year, a victim of his substance abuse problems. As untimely as his death was, it took many people by surprise, but luckily we can still say farewell to the man at our own time with a number of film projects that he already had in the can.
A Most Wanted Man is one of those projects. Based on one of spymaster John Le Carre’s novels, this slow burn spy thriller – much like that other Le Carre hit in 2012, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – is the type of sizzling espionage cracker that relies more on actual espionage instead of just gunfights, fancy cars and shaken martinis. As such, it’s the exactly the type of movie where an actor/actress can just take over the screen, and become the only special effect the film really needs. An Hoffman certainly appears to be making a go of it here.
Adapted from the best-seller by master spy novelist John le Carré, “A Most Wanted Man” takes place in present day Hamburg, Germany where a mysterious, tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about this young man seems to add up; is he a victim or a thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue is a private British banker and a young female lawyer determined to defend the defenseless. All the while, they are being watched by the brilliant, roguish chief of a covert German spy unit (Hoffman), who fights to put the pieces together as the clock ticks.
A Most Wanted Man also stars Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Daniel Bruhl, and will be spying on you in cinemas from July 25, 2014.
Last Updated: April 14, 2014
April 14, 2014 at 15:44
One day, after I manage to finish Tinker Tailor, I’ll watch this. Slow burn indeed…