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From left Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Gunther Bachmann and Rachel McAdams as AnnaBel Rictor in “A Most Wanted Man”
Political Thrillers often times tend to be a lot of fun, but it seems the work of writer John Le Carre is the go to for source material on such an adventure. Like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Carre provides a fast moving tale on extraordinary rendition. Concerning that of Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin) a Chechen part of a militant jihadist group that admitted to attacking structures, pipelines, and various other infrastructures that affect the global economy, while imprisoned and tortured under Russian supervision. Karpov makes his way to Hamburg Germany, an intelligence center of the world after the 9/11 attacks were conceived here in secret by a man named Mohammed Atta, as the opening titles suggest. It’s a game of cat and mouse, but neither the cat Gunther Bachman (The late Phillip Seymour Hoffman) or mouse seem to be moving very quickly.
Issa seeks political asylum within Hamburg and asks his Lawyer at sanctuary north Annabel Rictor, Rachel McAdams sporting a German accent, to work out the legalities so he can claim the ten million Euros his father left for him. Money he claims to be dirty and made off killing others. Gunther however, has other intentions he wants Issa to gift the money to a Dr. Faisal Abdullah (Homayoun Ershadi). Abdullah is suspected of funding terrorist cells and is missing funds during one of his recent business trips outside of Germany, On top of having a strange four hour layover on his way back into the country.
Gunther however, is not alone on this case as Martha Sullivan (Robin Wright) claims to be an observer from the Embassy in Berlin and gives him all the time in the world to bait his hook. When time runs out he finds himself in front of the entire German intelligence committee. Not only describing what he does, but how does it using a barracuda metaphor not to miss. Hoffman truly delivers in a role so unique and different from the others, which once his final appearance has been made, will stand out amongst the group. A Most Wanted was one of Hoffman’s last films that wasn’t affected by his untimely death and is one of his finest performances as well.
Rachel McAdams gives a great performance as Annabel Rictor whom Bachmann doesn’t hesitate to call a social worker for terrorists. McAdams makes her German Accent believable and even sexy enough to coerce Issa into giving away his millions for a cause she tells him is “good” although both never truly know where the money is going.
A Most Wanted Man is certainly worth checking out and is far from your average spy flick. Its dialogue heavy, but offers dimly and often times grimly lit scenes to accompany the dark atmosphere in a world of espionage and false truths.