A Most Wanted Man
is a movie starring
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, and Daniel Brühl.
A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.
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
When star Philip Seymour Hoffman appeared in a play in Hamburg about twenty years before starring in this film which shot in Hamburg, on both occasions Hoffman stayed at the city's famed Hotel Atlantic. See more »
During the first meeting between Annabel Richter and Thomas Brue, Richter hands Brue a hand-written an account number on a piece of paper that was torn from her (Daytimer's) personal organizer. The sound editor overdubbed the sound of a perforated piece of paper being removed from a pad. When the note is seen by the audience, it is a piece of paper that had been bound by a hole punch and would have made a different sound when torn from it's source. See more »
After 24 hours of questioning, Karpov confessed to taking part in attacks on gas pipelines, transport, infrastructure, police stations.
After 24 hours of Russian questioning, any one of us would admit to anything.
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At long last, a ballistics-free espionage film with an actual storyline
I caught this movie at the Century Napa Valley Theater(they have a wine bar...naturlich!)after work yesterday while waiting for the homeward bound traffic to die down. It's terrific. A story about German spooks in Hamburg (Mohamed Ata's launch pad) setting a trap for a suspected terrorist financier, and not a single shot is fired, no one is killed, no dead bodies, no impossible martial arts acrobatics and no "amazing" shots of bullets frozen in mid air. In other words, an actual story via the maestro John le Carre. The ending is really infuriating, but probably representative of how a lot of these efforts have ended up since 9/11. Philip Seymour Hoffman is over the top as the head spook. I'm sure going to miss him.
Unusually, all the main characters are played by American/Canadian actors. Not a single Brit or Aussie and Germans only in supporting roles. Another reason it's a real one-off.
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