Much to our dismay, the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman means that movies like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and A Most Wanted Man will be some of the last performances from this iconic actor.
A Most Wanted Man is a slow-burning espionage film that centers around Günther Bachmann (Hoffman) and his team of spies.
His “off-the-books” unit is stationed in Hamburg, Germany and attempts to protect the world after the events of 9/11. Günther uses his power of persuasion and coercion to gather intel from Annabel Richter (Rachel McAdams), Issa Karpov (Grigori Dobrygin), and Tommy Brue (Willem Dafoe). The premise of the film is best summarized by Günther’s unforgettable line: “It takes a minnow to catch a barracuda and a barracuda to catch a shark.”
Though this was a film that I eagerly anticipated, I was unimpressed by the lack of dynamism and action, and the “slow-burn” tone left the film feeling unexciting. The thick German accents also made the dialogue difficult to understand, but it definitely immerses the audience into this dangerous world. A Most Wanted Man‘s cast of disparate characters are portrayed beautifully, and the masterful acting is the shining gem of this otherwise dull movie. Still, seeing Hoffman in this film proves why he will be dearly remembered. Philip Seymour Hoffman is at his best in A Most Wanted Man.