Issa Karpov, a Chechen immigrant, arrives in Hamburg attempting to claim his father's fortune. A prominent member in the terrorist community, Issa's father has amassed a small fortune, which leads both German and US security agencies to monitor the situation. Little is known about Issa's intentions, is he an oppressed victim with a tainted past? or an extremist looking to follow in his father's footsteps? The most recent John le Carre adaption, Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man is an intricate look into the contemporary spy world, capturing the politics, tension, and intrigue that encapsulates the profession. At the center of this film is Gunther, a German intelligence officer, who desperately attempts to control the situation with American officials breathing down his neck. A Most Wanted Man is a well crafted film but it doesn't really bring anything new to the table, being a rather ho-hum effort outside of another impressive performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman. This is a film that attempts to capture the psyche of a spy, the moral ambiguity that takes place for the sake of the greater good, but Corbijn's film lacks the visual storytelling necessary to raise the tension and intrigue of the story. Take Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy for example, an intricately detailed film that provides a much more pensive look into the lives of men in this dodgy profession of double-crosses and intrigue. Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man is a solid film on all accounts but it never becomes anything truly memorable, touching on lots of the same issues tackled in other John le Carre adaptions.
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