Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Most Wanted Man

A spy movie based on a novel by John le Carré. Gunther Bachmann, (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a seedy spy in Hamburg and belongs to low-profile intelligence unit involved in preventing security threats by any means they see fit. The shrewd leader keeps his finger on the pulse whilst taking all the hard decisions as they monitor the local Muslim community post Sept 11. When a Chechen-Russian, Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin) appears from nowhere seeking political asylum, it sets the spy community on high alert. The situation becomes cloudier when a local banker and civil rights advocate (Rachel McAdams) gets involved, along with a shady money man (Willem Dafoe) who is hired to help the refugee gain access to a sizable inheritance. CIA agent Martha Sullivan (Robin Wright) is keen to discover all. Meantime Issa, a seemingly devout Muslim, is establishing contacts with a prominent local Muslim community leader, Dr. Faisal Abdullah (Homayoun Ershadi), whose moderate credentials are deeply doubted by Bachmann and Sullivan. The shadowy story is a jigsaw puzzle in which all the pieces are of an indistinguishable grey, making fitting them together a tricky matter. Not a patch on Tinker taylor soldier spy, but for fans of the genre not to be missed. Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last roles is excellent.

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