Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Word is, the Americans are taking an interest

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

One of the last movies to come out with the incredibly dependable Philip Seymour Hoffman, it's certainly not his best but he is, as ever, a compelling force on screen.
Small scale espionage (as opposed to unrealistic James Bondian antics say) can be tricky to pull off on film, where action is more heavily weighed than contemplative processes and A Most Wanted Man doesn't quite make it's case successfully. The stakes are never really that high, because the threat is so nebulous. No-one knows what this guy might do, no one knows if he will do anything at all which leaves the plot dramatically inert though not without interest.

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