A Most Wanted Man
Out of all of the movies I've seen this summer, there have only been two that really engaged my mind. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the first one, and A Most Wanted Man is the most recent, and second, of the two. The thing I love the most about this film is how director Anton Corbijn and writer Andrew Bovell side step a lot of the typical spy movie tropes and delivers an intelligence thriller that focuses on the human cost of intelligence gathering. You're not going to find a car chase, or a shoot out, or even hurried conversations with frantic music in the background. What you're going to find in A Most Wanted Man is a film that invokes a contemporary subject matter with an approach that gives it more of a Cold War feeling, yet all the while the film does not date itself – save for the prologue text directly mentioning 9/11.

Disregard that text, and this could happen anywhere, any time, with any person. It really is a damned shame that this film was Phillip Seymour Hoffman's last complete work, because the man is on fire in this understated but powerful role. That's not to say the rest of the cast doesn't pick up their fair share of the tab, as Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, and Rachel McAdams all lend some high power performances. Even relative newcomer Grigoriy Dobrygin and up and comer Daniel Bruhl manage to keep up with this rogue's gallery of experienced actors, helping to weave a film that will make you think, and even get your heart racing. I cannot recommend this film enough, as it's the complete antithesis of what's wrong with modern filmmaking, and manages to create riveting drama without employing tired story devices or any sort of action short cuts. - Mike Reyes

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