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.
Hamburg is shot in a cold-objective documentary style that works for this type of spy story. The feeling of detachment would make some say that there's no humanity here to draw you in but I disagree. We get flickers of heart in every scene with PSH. In any case this sobering yet cynical milieu is what we've come to expect from Le Carre and it respects our world. So if you want something given to you straight enjoy
It's perhaps testament to Hoffman's genius that I didn't mind the use of Euro-accents and a plot that stretches credulity. Stylistically Corbijn shows his appreciation for 1970s European thrillers, even if the piece pales besides 'The American'. But he does gather an excellent cast and watching, one can't help but be saddened at how many great performances PSH would never get to give. Such an actor, such a loss...
Sorry, I suppose I shouldn't really be giving this a rating, considering I only lasted about 20 minutes. I couldn't take it any longer. Structurally, the film was all over the place, I understand the thrill of confusion, but at the 20 minute mark you should probably be landing your audience into some sort of plot line. PSH was so unconvincing, that accent.... Anyway, maybe it gets better. I didn't care to find out.
I tried to convince someone to see this. I called it a European spy thriller painted in grays and browns where at the end you don't know whether the good guys lost or whether the bad guys lost because no one looks like a good guy. And that was before seeing the film.