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When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill-gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity - oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist?
Thriller - Like the novels of John le Carre and the films based on them, this is
a spy drama that is not an action film but a slow and often talky
drama. Fans of the actors, such as Rachel McAdams and the late
Philip Seymour Hoffman, will enjoy this serious dramatic showcase.
Some violence, language, and adult subject matter make the film
inappropriate for kids.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average It's far from a complete failure but the flaws of "A Most Wanted Man" remind us not of how much humanity and hope we've lost internationally since 9/11 but how much we've lost by saying goodbye to an incredible actor.
USA TodayFull Review Good Anchored by Hoffman's superlative performance, the story, based on a John le Carré novel, is low-key, brooding and engrossing.
NY PostFull Review Average The film is admirably sober and painstaking, and in the early going it promises to at least make a statement.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 29 moviegoers:
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The male rated "A Most Wanted Man" just "average" but the female enjoyed it very much rating it "above average."
ADULTS: Overall, these are fairly poor reviews. Forty-percent of the males and 35% of the females enjoyed "A Most Wanted Man" very much but only a tiny percentage rated it above "Very Good." Another 35% of both the males and females rated it just "average," which isn't a bad review but it is a bit on the low side. What REALLY hurts these reviews is the high percentage of reviews below "Good/Average." It's very rare to see this many low to very low reviews.
This is one of those movies that you might want to see on the cheap later on video, just to be safe.
Over a decade has passed since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the German city of Hamburg, where the bombers lived and plotted, remains on high alert. At dusk, a grimy, bearded young man with a backpack emerges as if from the River Elbe itself. Head down, hood up, he keeps to the docks with the city's other vagrants. But his grainy image is soon caught on camera by an observant group of intelligence operatives. They are run by the disheveled, whisky-drinking, chain-smoking Gunther Bachmann (PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN). Bachmann and his team of sharp young spies comprise a secretive anti-terror unit that works under the radar for Germany's intelligence services to cultivate sources within Hamburg's Islamic community. Bachmann's right-hand woman is the cool, sophisticated Irna Frey (NINA HOSS). They share an easy warmth and an office dominated on Bachmann's side by a wall studded with photographs and Post-It notes.