A Most Wanted Man: Synopsis and Review

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 2 years ago
A Most Wanted Man: Synopsis and Review

“A Most Wanted Man” is a mystery suspense film directed by Anton Corbijn. It is a film adaptation based on the novel by John le Carre. The cast members include: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Nina Hoss, Robin Wright, Homayoun Ershadi, Rainer Bock, Martin Wuttke and Kostja Ullmann. It opens in the U.S. theaters on July 25, 2014. Read on to learn more about Movie News Guide’s (MNG) synopsis and review of “A Most Wanted Man.”

A Most Wanted Man” Synopsis:


The movie is adapted from John le Carre’s best-selling book of the same name. Issa Karpov (Dobrygin) is a half-Russian and a half-Chechen tortured man who arrived at Hamburg, emerging in the city’s Islamic community and looking for his father’s ill-gotten fortune. Annabel Richter (McAdams) helps Karpov to claim his father’s wealth in a private German bank, which is under the watchful eyes of Thomas Brue (Dafoe).

Karpov has established relations with prominent Muslim leader Faisal Abdullah (Ershadi). Meanwhile, Gunther Bachmann (Hoffman), a German spy, is on a mission to get the goods on Abdullah, using Karpov as a bridge, and to expose a network of terrorists operating in Hamburg.

A Most Wanted Man” Review:

As of this writing, the critics from Rotten Tomatoes have given this film a 90% rating, while 73% of the moviegoers liked it.

Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter particularly pointed out how effective Philip Seymour Hoffman was in his portrayal of a German spy.

“Philip Seymour Hoffman’s portrait of a smart and seedy old German spy dominates this atmospheric and subdued John le Carre adaptation,” wrote McCarthy in The Hollywood Reporter feature.

Meanwhile, out of four stars, Denver Post’s Lisa Kennedy gave the film a 3.5. She opted to remember the late Hoffman in his last completed movie.

With his sharp instincts and exhausted wisdom, the character of Gunther offers us a bittersweet reminder of Hoffman’s gifts in what is his last completed film,” said Kennedy in her review at Denver Post.

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There you have it for “A Most Wanted Man” synopsis and review. It opens in the U.S. theaters on July 25, 2014. For more news and updates about upcoming movies, check Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly.

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