Bill C’s Review – 4 out of 5
A Most Wanted Man is a good spy thriller based on a John le Carre novel.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his last roles, plays Gunther, a German spy operative in Hamburg fighting the war on terror in the post 9/11 world. This movie is not an action movie – it’s a more subtle spy story relying on detailed and sometimes slow digging into the details to build a case. What makes the movie interesting is not just Gunther trying to build these two cases and determining how high up the chain he can get but seeing him try to maneuver against those that should be his partners – other German police organizations and his counterparts in the CIA. The movie comes together with a few surprises in the end.
Hoffman is excellent in an understated way and this has a good supporting cast with Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe also playing Germans and Robin Wright as a CIA operative.
If you look for a lot of action in your spy thrillers you might find parts of this a little slow but I enjoyed it.