Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Most Wanted Man

Had this film come out a year ago, it would simply have been known as a decent but unremarkable film about a CIA spy group fighting the good fight in the war on terror.  Sadly though, it will be better remembered as the last Philip Seymour Hoffman led film.  (Fortunately, we'll still see him in a supporting role in the last two Hunger Games.)  Hoffman gives yet another fine performance as the disheveled head of a group of spies climbing up the terrorism ladder, using one informant to identify another.  Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Robin Wright co-star.  It's a reasonably good film with a reasonably good ending and reasonably good performances across the board.  But this "thriller" is hardly thrilling.  In fact it's pretty slow.  While it's decent, it's unfortunate that neither this one nor 'God's Pocket', Hoffman's two posthumous starring role films, were exceptional.

Grade: B+

Who is this movie for?  Phil Hoffman fans and those who appreciate a well acted, but slow CIA ops / war on terror film.  I'd probably wait for it to come to VOD.

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