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Movie Review: A Most Wanted Man.

Directed By: Anton Corbijn.

Starring: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe.

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.

"A Most Wanted Man" stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last ever film roles. We still get to see the late and great Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the next two Hunger Games films but this is his last leading role in a movie. His performance in "A Most Wanted Man" is a perfect example of why he was one of this generations greatest actors. Hoffman is nothing short of flawless playing Gunter Bachmann, a German intelligence operator.

"A Most Wanted Man" currently holds a 90% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, despite the critics praise of this film, I found it to be very slow and frankly boring.

The film is set in Hamburg, where government officials are keeping a watchful eye on the Muslim community looking for terrorists. Issa Karpov enters Hamburg seeking asylum....maybe he's a terrorist, maybe he's not. Gunter Bachmann (Hoffman) is the head of a top secret agency that want to use this guy to catch bigger threats.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman gives a terrific performance and he elevates the film to heights that I don't think it would achieve without him. I was never involved in the plot of the film, I felt disconnected from all the characters and personally I found this to be a gigantic disappointment. McAdams, Wright and Dafoe give fine performances and I thought all the actors work here demanded a much better film. My issue with "A Most Wanted Man" is its directing. The film felt very stale and lacked the excitement and suspense that a film like this needs!

The trailers for the film gave off a very "Zero Dark Thirty" type vibe and when watching the actual film, I couldn't help but think how mislead I had been. From the get go, I couldn't find anything to latch onto as an audience member. I appreciate the performances but the characters the actors were portraying weren't anything special.

I'm unfortunately going to have to recommend that you skip "A Most Wanted Man", its not exciting or interesting and that's a shame because some of the performances are impressive. In the hands of a different director I might have enjoyed this film, it lacked intensity for the majority of the run time and we only get a little ounce of excitement towards the end which ultimately left me feeling unsatisfied. I'm giving "A Most Wanted Man" a C+.


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