A MOST WANTED MAN – Rated R

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A MOST WANTED MAN – Rated R

From the man who brought us CONTROL and THE AMERICAN – Andrew Corbijn brings to life John Le’ Carre’s novel, and Andrew Bovell’s screenplay with his latest film – A MOST WANTED MAN.

German Intelligence has been put on high alert with the arrival of a Chechan/Muslim Immigrant Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), who has arrived in Hamburg to apparently acquire his father’s fortune, which is safely under lock and key in the German bank owned by Tommy Brue (Willem DaFoe).

Agent Günther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman) has been tracking Issa’s every move, until they determine if he is actually a terrorist or someone just trying to escape his past.  With the movement of this individual also under the watchful eye of US Intelligence, agent Martha Sullivan (Robin Wright) arrives in Germany to find out what she can to stop any terrorist activity in Germany, or back home. 

Enter Lawyer Annabel Richter (Rachel McAdams) who is summoned by an Islamic family where Issa is staying, to assist him in the acquisition of the money he seeks.  As Richter steps in to force Brue to relinquish his funds to her client, Bachmann is becoming suspicious of Richter too, as things aren’t quite adding up for her either. 

As the German’s and the American’s strive to come to some resolution on how to handle Karpov, as his new influx of wealth from his father’s terrorist dealings in year’s past, they also struggle with another underlying situation of funds being transferred to a bogus company – also Muslim owned and operated – which seems to be the terrorists funding source.

Will Bachmann and his staff be able to break open the case with the assistance of the US – or will chaos ensue since the US doesn’t trust the German’s or their so-called expertise? Will Richter be outed too, as maybe she is just a social worker and not a lawyer at all? And what will happen to Issa and all of the millions of dollars he now has control of – will those funds make it into the hands of the terrorists, even with everyone watching?

I give A MOST WANTED MAN a C – I was very excited to see Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last films, and the subject matter of this film was also very intriguing – I love espionage and intrigue – but I found myself almost dozing off during the advanced screening, as it took so long for this film to get moving.   I also wasn’t very impressed with Robin Wright’s role playing the American agent who spent most of her time just asking bogus questions of Hoffman, trying to find out what he did or didn’t know.  There was a slight glimmer of hope with McAdams role, as I didn’t see what would happen there starring me in the face, and I also enjoyed the ending of the film, which was a surprise too (Sorry, that is all you’re getting from me!)  If you like espionage and intrigue, then you might enjoy seeing this film, but I must be getting spoiled with the fast-moving films of this decade, because this one was way too slow for me to get too excited about it!

Kathy Kaiser