A Most Wanted Man

A modern spy thriller directed by Anton Corbijn and based on the John le Carré novel of the same name, A Most Wanted Man largely eschews action in favour of intense, dialogue-heavy scenes – as you’d expect from a story concerning money laundering and the funding of terrorism. Various subplots explore loneliness, loyalty and the international nature of terrorism today, but the film’s central game of cat and mouse is between two western governments that are supposedly on the same ‘side’ and should be cooperating; one embodied by Philip Seymour Hoffman’s German agent, the other by Robin Wright’s American diplomat. Both actors are good, and there’s an impressive supporting cast, which includes Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Danie Brühl and Nina Hoss. (***½)