Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, Hunger Games) may be dead but this movie is a pleasant reminder of what a class act he was. The academy award winner stars in his last leading role in this engrossing spy thriller. The movie is adapted from the book bearing the same name by John Le Carre. It is one of those movies that starts out slow and looks like it is going nowhere, only for it to leave a lasting impression when all the pieces fall into place.
Hoffman acts a top German spy, Gunther Bachmann in the post 911 era. In the course of their work, his team learns of a Russian individual (Issa Kaprov), who arrives in Hamburg seeking asylum, as well as a chance to get his hands on the inheritance from the long lost father that amassed his wealth by being on the wrong side of the law. Not knowing Kaprov’s real motive, Bachmann’s team sets on finding out what this mysterious gentleman is up to and if it has anything to do with a possible terrorist attack.
This is not your conventional spy movie like Bourne Identity or a James Bond film, meaning high paced action scenes and gadgets. This production is more in the mould of Zero Dark Thirty (The movie about Bin Laden capture), meaning if you did not like it, then this one will definitely not be your cup of tea.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor