One of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final films is Anton Corbijn’s spy thriller “A Most Wanted Man,” adapted from the John Le Carre bestseller, which debuted at this past Sundance. A first trailer has arrived; watch below.
Hoffman plays a razor-smart German spy chief who’s keeping close tabs on a young lawyer (Rachel McAdams) and a banker (Willem Dafoe) as they try to unravel a mystery surrounding a bruised and battered immigrant.
The trades gave it positive reviews upon its Park City bow, with the Hollywood Reporter calling it “a jigsaw puzzle of which all the pieces are of an indistinguishable grey, making fitting them together a tricky matter,” while Variety applauded director Corbijn (“The American”) for “his attention to detail and nuance… [it] so fully complements that of the German operatives at the story’s core.”
Here’s the official synopsis:
Hamburg, Germany: 2012. A mysterious, tortured and near-dead
half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run (Grigoriy Dobrygin) arrives in the
city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late
Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about this young man seems to add
up; is he a victim or a thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on
destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue are a banker (Dafoe) and a young
female lawyer (McAdams) who is determined to defend the defenseless. All the
while, they are being watched by the brilliant, roguish chief of a covert
German spy unit (Hoffman), who fights to put the pieces together as the clock
ticks. In an adrenaline laced and heart-rending escalation of tension and
collision, it’s not long before he becomes everyone’s most wanted man. A Most
Wanted Man, a cerebral tale of intrigue in the vein of Tinker Tailor Soldier
Spy, is also contemporary and deeply human, touching themes in love, rivalry
and politics we live with every day.
The film hits theaters July 25, via Roadside Attractions.