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A Most Wanted Man

7 June: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

2014 – Certificate 15

– A Most Wanted Man –


What the debacle of Burgess and Maclean was for the world of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in the early 70s, so 9/11 is for the international intelligence community in this tense drama.  Set among quarrelling spies in Hamburg, this is a smart, bluntly effective adaptation of  John le Carré’spost-9/11 political passion play about good, evil and the sins committed in the name of national security.

When a brutally tortured half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant (Issa) turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community laying claim to his father’s ill-gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man’s true identity–oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist.

Günther Bachmann is the dishevelled German spymaster running a covert, deniable operation to root out jihadis in Hamburg; he is played with a rumpled worldliness by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Year  2014

Rating  Cert 15

Running Time 117 mins

Ratings Info 3 to 4 Stars

Director(s) Anton Corbijn

Cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Bruhl, Nina Hoss, Rachel McAdams. 

Nominations & Awards 3 wins from 9 nominations.

Rotten Tomatoes

Smart, subtle, and steadily absorbing, “A Most Wanted Man” proves once again that John le Carré books make for sharp, thoughtful thrillers.


Philip Seymour Hoffman’s superb swansong – as a German intelligence officer in a moral no-man’s land ………. a wan, exhausted figure, burdened with his own fathomless vision of the unending not-so-great game, and perhaps ennobled by his determination to make the best of it. It is a commanding performance from Hoffman, and an overwhelmingly satisfying note for this actor to end on.

A weirdly bracing atmosphere of disillusion pervades Anton Corbijn’s superbly composed and controlled movie, adapted …….from John le Carré’s 2008 spy novel, and featuring an outstandingly wintry performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman. This film is pregnant with ideas, and an awful kind of disquiet……….. the air of paranoid mistrust rings true, evoked most eloquently by Hoffman’s world-weary face, which speaks a universal language.


…….. this is an intelligent, vividly performed thriller-cum-scabrous portrait of post-9/11 counter-terrorist methods.

The intention is classically le Carré — to glimpse into the amoral head of an embittered spymaster. In another miraculously detailed performance, Hoffman creates in Bachmann a Germanic George Smiley. Clinging to a cigarette or a tumbler of whisky, the late actor perfects a louche, unkempt sorrow in this edgy spook working to some unspecified notion of the greater good,

Roger Ebert

……… it’s remarkable how much tension Le Carré can draw without much violence or traditional action at all. In “A Most Wanted Man,” every decision, every admittance, every secret revealed or held can collapse the house of cards that Bachmann needs to stay upright to stop another 9/11. It is a vision of the spy game as one of never-ending frustrations and roadblocks.

Anton Corbijn is a detailed, precise filmmaker……his precision plays up Le Carré’s hopelessness in a spy game that one knows will never work out the right way for all parties involved. In today’s world of espionage, someone is always going to lose.

Rolling Stone

Hoffman is simply magnificent. Face it. We won’t see his like again.


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