Sunday, 20 April 2014

"We're not policemen. We're spies."

Lionsgate have just released their first full trailer for Anton Corbijn's (The American) A Most Wanted Man, which has a long shadow cast over it by the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master). That said, this looks to be a fine addition to his acting legacy.

Adapted from the John Le Carré novel, A Most Wanted Man finds Hoffman playing rogue German counter-terrorism expert Gunter Bachmann. He's trying to track down half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), who may or may not be part a militant jihadist group in post-9/11 Hamburg.

Issa has access to a very private bank account containing a legacy of dubious origin and it's not long before British, German and American intelligence agencies are paying close attention. To try to find his man, Gunter kidnaps and interrogates human rights lawyer Annabel Richter (Rachel McAdams), and things just get more complicated from there.

The film boasts a frankly fantastic cast that includes Willem Dafoe (Antichrist), Robin Wright (House Of Cards), Daniel Brühl (Rush), Nina Hoss (We Are The Night), Franz Hartwig, Kostja Ullman, Rainer Bock, Charlotte Schwab, Max Volkert Martens, Martin Wuttke and Turkish actress Derya Alabora. Frustratingly, while it has a limited release date of 25 July for the States, A Most Wanted Man is still only listed as 2014 over here.

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