When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity - oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Based on John le Carré's novel, A MOST WANTED MAN is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene. Written by
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A Most Wanted Man is a thoroughly engaging movie which sadly includes Phillip Seymour Hoffman's final performance. He is wonderful in the film and is surrounded by a solid cast, though not nearly as good as Hoffman. Similar to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the pace is moderate with almost no summer blockbuster action. It's a wonderful pallet cleanser for anyone who enjoys a thriller and has already seen a bunch of the latest CGI showcases.
Tinker Tailor is more difficult to understand than this movie as A Most Wanted Man weaves a fairly straight forward plot. Some reviews I read before seeing the film had me thinking twice about reading the wikipedia plot synopsis before I went into the theater, but I ventured in without doing so and didn't have any trouble keeping up. I'll also be happy to see it again on Blu-Ray in my home theater and will surely catch much more of the subtle nuances.
It's well worth the $10+ bucks to see it if you have a good theater nearby, but if you miss it this summer, it's 100% worth the time to watch it at home. The scenes are beautifully shot, but don't require an IMAX sized screen to enjoy.
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