Go into A Most Wanted Man expecting the familiar tone and pace of fellow John le Carré adaptation Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and you won’t be disappointed.
Corbijn’s direction is a little more gruff and irritable than Alfredson’s, and with DP Benoît Delhomme he casts a fluorescent yellow pallor over a Hamburg sickly with internal battles and fear of terrorism.
There is a quiet sense of resignation to Philip Seymour Hoffman as German security agent Günther. Fighting an invisible enemy he retains a world-weary presence as he clings dumbly to the demands of the case – the only salvation he can see. Nothing more than hindsight, perhaps.
The 2-star reviews floating around are genuinely baffling. This is a film that requires and rewards a little patience, with a superb swansong from Hoffman and an excellent McAdams matching Corbijn’s strong direction.
CAST: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Grigoriy Dobrygin
DIRECTOR: Anton Corbijn
WRITERS: Andrew Bovell, John le Carré
SYNOPSIS: A German security agent strives for the most noble path possible while fighting terror threats and the efforts of rival security agencies.