Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Most Wanted Man

Notable for being the final non-Hunger Games role of Philip Seymour Hoffman, A Most Wanted Man is a slow-burning espionage thriller involving a secret German anti-terrorism unit tracking a potential suspect (Grigoriy Dobrygin). Although it's based on the work of the same author, sadly, it's not Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (which surprisingly moves at a far better pace than A Wanted Man).

The main takeaway from the film is how little actually happens in surveillance and much of what we do see (including a flailing romantic subplot) isn't always that interesting. The cast is well chosen, and Hoffman leads a group of talented actors (Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe) each providing strong performances, but the movie lacks the will or motivation to put them to better use than we see here. It's certainly not a bad film by any means, and is certainly worth viewing for the performances alone, but the end result is less than the sum of its parts.

Released on both Blu-ray and DVD, extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the film and a second featurette on the work of John le Carré and his interest with with Germany and Hamburg in his novels.

[Lionsgate, Blu-ray $29.99 / DVD $26.98]

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