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It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Nov 042014
 

 
photo for A Most Wanted Man The latest big-screen adaptation of a John Le Carre spy tale is a complicated, involved, cerebral and at times confusing thriller redeemed by Anton Corbijn’s (of Depeche Mode, U2 and Metallica music video fame) dark and off-kilter direction and the agonizingly deep and moving second-to-last lead performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman (he starred in “God’s Pocket” and co-stars in the upcoming “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” films). The film revolves around German and U.S. secret agents who try to uncover the reason behind a Chechen Muslim’s illegal immigration to Hamburg; ostensably he’s there to repatriate money stolen from Chechnya by his rogue military father, but the Germans and Americans think he may be an extremist intent on destruction. Hoffman plays the head of the German covert operation, Robin Wright plays his American counterpart; also drawn into the intrigue is Willem Dafoe as a banker and Rachel McAdams as a young lawyer looking out for the Chechen man. Extras: “The Making of A Most Wanted Man” featurette, “Spymaster: John Le Carre in Hamburg” featurette. Vitals: Director: Anton Corbijn. Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Daniel Bruhl, Martin Wuttke, Nina Hoss, Rainer Bock, Kostja Ullmann. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 121 min., Suspense/Drama, Box office gross: $15.920 million, Lionsgate. 3 stars

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