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Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

Set in Hamburg, Germany; the head (Philip Seymour Hoffman) of a secret anti-terrorist group sets his sights on a young Chechen refugee (Grigoriy Dobrygin) who he suspects will lead him to bigger fish, notably a well respected and internationally known Islamic philanthropist (Homayoun Ershadi) he believes channels monies to Islamic terrorists. Based on the novel by John Le Carre (THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE OLD), this is an intense espionage thriller anchored by a strong performance by Hoffman in the central role. This was his last completed film (he died while filming the next HUNGER GAMES installment) and the film stands as a testament to his standing as one of the best actors of his generation. In Le Carre's "don't trust anyone" spy world, there are no heroes and any attempt to be one is doomed to failure. This is a movie for grown ups. Layered and complex with lots of gray and not much black and white. You can't guess the ending but you know won't be leaving the theater feeling good. Directed by Anton Corbijn. The wonderful supporting cast is chock full of good performances including Willem Dafoe, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Daniel Bruhl and Nina Hoss.

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