A Most Wanted Man
About the Film:
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?
Sadly this is one of Hoffman’s final performances. It’s also one of his finest, taking a man who could have easily fallen into caricature – hard drinking, hard smoking, solitary, gruff – and with some wonderfully subtle moments constructing a believably flawed but stoic figure. The politics of the piece are equally well played, with Bachmann’s cerebral, long-game approach to counter-terrorism coming into conflict with the gung-ho local constabulary and Robin Wright’s shady US operative. Corbijn, though, never preaches. The elegance with which he attacks this quiet, contemplative tale about security and duty is as expected from previous work; it may build gradually to its gut-punch finale, but gorgeously so. And you simply can’t take your eyes off the hulking, tragic anti-hero and the centre of it all.