A Most Wanted Man (2014)
When a brutally tortured immigrant with ties to several European counties (including Russia) surfaces in Hamburg, he seeks refuge in order to retrieve his dead father’s fortune from a local bank. These actions raise the eyebrows of many local and foreign agencies who need to know the true identity of this man before any terrorist harm may occur.
Written by the same author who did Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, this European spy thriller starts off a little slow, but through the brilliance of late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, the movie takes off and never looks back. I am the kind of movie watcher that likes my spy movies a little dumbed down because some of the ideas and terms aren’t everyday dialogue for me, but it isn’t too hard to understand. For most, this movie will need several viewing to grasp the entire concept of what actually is going on. Some movies I praise for this and some movies I dislike for this reason. I will come out and say that I really liked this movie until the end. It seemed like the tension was building up to a certain conclusion and the ending throws a wrench in the whole damn thing, which I didn’t like at all. Maybe this is due to what I mentioned above and I need to watch it again, but I left with a bitter taste in my mouth. The acting, however, is the best thing about this movie followed by the tension and story. I think Hoffman saves this movie just enough for me to recommend that others see it because they might not care so much about the ending, but if you throw the ending out, this movie is gripping, interesting and definitely something you don’t see everyday. I know this review is probably one of my least helpful, but take this what you will… and pay attention! Co-starring Rachel McAdams, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Homayoun Ershadi, and Nina Hoss.
6/10 Stars – The ending is what made this rating so low, otherwise the rest of the movie (and Hoffman) are solid!