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A Most Wanted Man

Directed by Anton Corbijn
United Kingdom, United States, 2014
Thriller, Drama


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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A Most Wanted Man Directed by Anton Corbijn
A Most Wanted Man is based on a John le Carré novel, and – like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy a couple of years ago – it’s absorbing, if perhaps a bit too languid… A Most Wanted Man could’ve been richer – more urgent, more ambivalent about its hero – but there’s something there, a certain sinewy texture.
November 17, 2014
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Reviews of the film have focused on Philip Seymour Hoffman’s powerful performance as Gunther, but what’s more crucial is that Gunther is the star in the first place… Because the film focuses so closely on Gunther, it has the leisure to make him more than an agent of the plot. He’s a real, complex person, whose strengths and weaknesses are brought out in the film by a counterpart every bit his equal: Martha, as envisioned by Robin Wright.
October 02, 2014
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Though the novel was an ensemble strong on characterisation, Bovell’s script is caught between remaining faithful and needing a central character for which to root. The result is a double-edged sword: while other talents like Nina Hoss, Willem Dafoe and Daniel Brühl are frustratingly, if suitably lost in the compromises to breadth, Bachmann’s elevation to chief protagonist allows Hoffman a fittingly chameleonic swansong, as a man who looks beaten before the battle’s even begun.
September 11, 2014
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