A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man ★★★★

Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man is a supremely gripping espionage thriller that is artistically shot to near-perfection and acted with understated complexity by a sturdy cast. Hoffman in particular is pitch-perfect in an acutely detailed performance that will go down as one of his best. It's a slow-burning, but unwavering picture that revels in the machinations of a layered plot, full of intrigue and clinical sophistication. The finale is haunting in its ruthlessness, not only to its viewers, but to the characters as well. But, it couldn't have ended any other way in my eyes. More intelligent John le Carré adaptations like this and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, please!

R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman, you were a master at your craft and will never be forgotten.

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