A Most Wanted Man (2014)
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I'm so used to equating John Le Carré with Cold War spy fiction, it never occurred to me that he was still writing in the post-9/11 era. A Most Wanted Man is definitely set during the war on terror, in the German port city of Hamburg (extremely well used, I really like it when unusual locations are given such a spotlight), with Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his very last roles playing the leader of an anti-terror unit who would rather use carrots than sticks to get to his ends. The plot involves a Chechen illegal who could easily be radicalized, and Hoffman's attempts to turn him using a civil rights lawyer (Rachel McAdams) and an unusually compassionate banker (Willem Dafoe) and swing him in the way of a Muslim community leader who may be bankrolling terrorist activities. The takeaway from the story is that the whole climate is painted in gray tones. You could make arguments against or for every motivation in the film, and though you're "with" Hoffman or possibly McAdams, you could also be highly critical of their actions and opinions. No easy answers, which is exactly right when we're talking about this highly topical subject.
Those complaining about it being Boring, perhaps you should stick to Die Hard and Terminator movies.
It certainly lacks the action and fast pacing that many of us are probably used to from watching typical spy movies, but the movie offers a toned down and a more realistic look to anti-terrorism operations and spy work. Hoffman does an acceptable job with his title role and you can tell he spent a decent amount of time working on his thick German accent.
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