A film by Anton Corbijn
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Daniel Brühl
A smart, effective adaptation of John le Carré’s post-9/11 political passion play about good, evil. Gunther Bachmann,(Philip Seymour) an espionage operative in Hamburg, a country trying to overcome its reputation as hot spot of terrorist activity. The organization is so secret and so deep underground than nobody know who they report to. In an other word they do not exist. Gunther is a man who is the leader because he can make the tough decision, and he is a tough as they come. When a beating up and starving half-Chechyan, half-Russian man emerges out of nowhere seeking political asylum, it catches the attention of not only Gunther’s agency, but the CIA ( Robin Wright) and other agencies in Germany. You see they want to know if he is who he says he is and not a terrorist. But the thing is that is father who died has left a ton of money to him. His father was a bad man. That is why Gunther is suspicious among other thing. in all of this emerges a lawyer and a banker.
Here is a great spy film for the die hard movie spy buffs. The film moves at one pace only this is not you James Bond where you are going to see explosion and car chases. This has a little bit of realism into it I would say a lot. A great cast in this film Philip Seymour Hoffman, (who is no longer with us) Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Robin Wright. Hoffman truly delivers the role you can tell that Gunther has the weight on his shoulder. He also wants this badly he knows that is right and he instinct tells him to investigate more. Howerver Wright plays a smooth CIA agent who is trying to help. There is a remarkable tension throughout the film but to me it is a little bit predictable toward the end. In the spy game never trust anyone not to trust anyone not even your own people. Unfortunately this is the last film for Hoffman past away a while back and what of great actor he was.