Matthew L. Brady’s review published on Letterboxd:
Martha Sullivan: "I don't care who he is ... he is the most wanted man!!!"
The story is about a half-Russian man, brutally tortured, shows up in Hamburg's Islamic district and demands his father's fortune - made through nefarious means - both German and U.S. agencies take a close interest.
A most wanted man is one of those films that a lot of people will be mix with. Some say "It's a smart thriller, what a thriller should be." And some people will say "It's a dull dull film with not enough action in it". But for me it's average film with fantastic directing and brilliant performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman and rest of the cast in the film.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was just spellbinding in this film as always, as he is a fantastic actor that will be sadly missed. The way the movie is shot, it sucks you as a viewer in it's deep, dirty, detective feel to it which I always like in movies like this. The rest of the cast like: Rachel McAdams, Grigoriy Dobrygin and Willem Dafoe all did great job in their roles.
But my problems with the movie is the writing, at times it can be dull and a bit recycled from other films, but at times it's really good and really new, so am a bit split with the writing in this movie. The movie does slow down at times with it's character's doing uninteresting things or the movie drags out a scene that could have been cut out.The ending to me could have ended better. It's not the worst ending I've seen, because I've seen some god awful endings in the past, but this one isn't all that bad.
Overall this movie may drag at times, but it's cast and directing saves the movie for me making it sold thriller movie.