Reviewed by: Pamela Karpelenia
spies in the Bible
international war on terror
TERRORIST REVENGE—Love replaces hatred—former Israeli soldier and an ex-PLO fighter prove peace is possible-but only with Jesus
The book A Most Wanted Man is the 21st novel of author John le Carré, who worked for British intelligence's MI5 and MI6. Other films made from his books include:
• “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2011)
• “The Constant Gardener” (2005)
The novel is based on the real life of Murat Kurnaz, a Muslim Turkish citizen and legal resident of Germany who was arrested in Pakistan in late 2001 and with the German government's awareness incarcerated by extraordinary rendition (aka irregular rendition) at US military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan and in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba for five years.
Rachel McAdams … Annabel Richter
Robin Wright … Martha Sullivan
Philip Seymour Hoffman … Günther Bachmann
Willem Dafoe … Tommy Brue
Daniel Brühl … Maximilian
Grigoriy Dobrygin … Issa Karpov
Mehdi Dehbi … Jamal
Nina Hoss … Irna Frey
Homayoun Ershadi … Abdullah
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After 9/11, they needed to take the necessary steps to protect their country.
“A Most Wanted Man” is a taut political thriller done in an almost documentary style fashion . It’s also Phillip Seymour Hoffman final starring role. That’s why I chose and wanted to review this film. It opens with Bachmann (Hoffman) watching and listening to a conversation. We learn he is a spy with a covert anti-terror unit. He, along with his elusive team, are trying to find out if a professing peaceful Muslim is actually funding the same terror group that bombed the Twin Towers on 9/11.
Next, we meet Muslim Issa Karpov traveling to find help. He enlists the help of a Muslim advocate/sympathizer who helps Issa claim a substantial inheritance from his terrorist father.
Let’s start with the acting, it varied throughout the cast. At the top is Hoffman, amazing from his accent to his demeanor; his acting is superb. The other cast members tried but couldn’t match his performance. Willem Defoe and Rachel McAdams give above average performance.
The plot is slow paced and a bit lackluster, but the Hoffman’s acting manages to carry the film and held my interest.
Now to objectionable content, there is some. First is the language; it was unnecessary and distracting. Second is the film’s Islamic aspect, “God” and “Allah” are used interchangeably, which unfortunately is done too often, but is the way Muslim’s understand things.
Why do many Arab Christians refer to God as “Allah”? Answer
As for spiritual issues, I found the film a perfect example of how a Christian can use a film to start a conversation in regarding the foundational differences between Christianity and Islam. Trust is considered a crucial element of the espionage. Humans are shown in their fallen state, and still they are trying do away with a great evil. That is a very compelling angle of the film, and it seemed unintentional.
As for a recommendation, I enjoyed the suspense and the acting. It’s tragic that the star of the film died due to drugs. I feel that the film may be worth the viewing.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Heavy to extreme—f-words (12), Christ (1), “For Christ's sake” (1), “cr*p” (1) / Sex/Nudity: Moderate to heavy
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.