Based on John le Carré’s bestselling book, Anton Corbijn directs this modern-day thriller with Academy Award–winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, and two-time Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe headlining an ensemble cast.
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Philip Seymour HOFFMAN's LAST & OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE. Great casting. CORBIJN achieves an effective, sober & controlled film, better than The American, more glam but less credible. Superb Nina HOSS. = Dernière & formidable prestation de Philip Seymour HOFFMAN. Casting parfait. CORBIJN réussit 1 film efficace, sobre & maîtrisé, bien meilleur que L'AMERICAIN qui était plus glam mais moins crédible. Superbe Nina HOSS.
Anton Corbijn brings a cool, restrained style to what is essentially a study of how intelligence agencies operate nowadays. Working off of John Le Carre's novel, screenwriter Andrew Bovell sneaks in a blistering attack on institutional decay and suggests that any government's will "to make the world a safer place" is, ah, complicated. And, as Angela Merkel knows best, those pesky Americans simply cannot be trusted!
The most wanted cinema: handy camera with no reason whatsoever except to perpetuate the misery that recent formal television series brought and imposed as an insurmountable model. Like Bigelow's latest film, this film also seems a version of a two-hour episode of "Homeland Security" with the very same result. Indistinct.
A very intelligent, pared back spy thriller with both German and American security agencies monitoring a person of great interest when he arrives unexpectedly in Hamburg and seeks refuge within the Islamic community there. Phillip Seymour Hoffman saved his best performance for last as this was sadly his final film.
As gorgeous and spare as anything else Corbijn has done -- but here he captures fiery, candid little moments that shake up what could've been another cool and distant espionage thriller in less capable hands. Dafoe's nervous, concerned banker, McAdams' emotionally compromised professional and Hoffman's lumbering, gruff and embittered team leader subtly humanize a stunning critique of extraordinary rendition.