THE PLOT THUS FAR
A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“A Most Wanted Man” is rough when you consider that it’s one of the last Philip Seymour Hoffman movies. The guy knocks it out of the park, but it’s such a slow burn to get anywhere. More than anything, it feels like a return to the off-putting adaptations of John Le Carre’s work. I was feeling like the man was going to start getting his due in spy films, but nevertheless here we are. The sad part is that I don’t know who to fault for the poor translation. The cast was great, the cinematography was exceptional and the mood was there.
Anton Corbijn has yet to really impress me as a director of feature films. What could’ve been a master spy film became a bloated episode of Homeland at times. But, I guess that’s the problem when hidden terrorist threats start to over saturate our fiction. Rachel McAdams and Daniel Bruhl show up in strong supportive roles, while Willem Dafoe chews the scenery. Everyone else isn’t that bad either, but it just blends together at a certain point. Why can’t Corbijn’s style escape his music videos and commercial work? For those that are wondering, we do get a hell of a finale. It’s just that the big ending feels unearned when you spend nearly two hours trudging through exposition and tired dialogue to hit that point. A lesser cast would’ve choked on this terrible script.
The Blu-Ray comes with featurettes as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for an indie drama. The transfer is sharp enough for 1080p. The same goes for the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 11/04/2014