My Take – This is a kind of a anti-terrorism spy thriller film that doesn’t focus on explosions and gun play, but rather on the subtleties of communication when very smart people go up against other very smart people who may or may not share their goals. Secrets and misdirection abound and sure to keep you on edge of the seat just based on its unpredictable of the event panning out.
Yes, maybe the German accent is a bit distracting at first, but it was necessary as a constant reminder that the characters here (well most of them) were Germans. The film transcends from being entertaining into its own sort of enigma. At 1st its a bit a hard to understand but as events transpire you get a hold of the proceedings. The chillingly manifests the terrifying degree to which intelligence organizations are (desperately) willing to go in order to identify their targets and extract imperative information. Starring an impeccable cast lead by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, It’s very hard to not want the film to end because you are very aware that this will be one of the last times you see a new film by this actor. One of the greatest actors to have ever lived! He is just electrifying! While Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Robin Wright are likeable, Daniel Brühl is wasted!
This film is a huge improvement for director Anton Corbijn from his previous The American (2010 with George Clooney), even though the climax wasn’t as explosive and wholly satisfying as I was expecting it to be, the subject matter and thematic portrayals, which need I say incredibly relevant in this day and age and the unpredictability of the story itself will ensue to the very last scene, therefore making “A Most Wanted Man” a mature compelling. tension-driven and smartly paced thriller ride that makes a mark as one of the year’s best rides.
Director – Anton Corbijn
Rated – R
Run Time – 122 minutes