Issa Karpov, a political refugee from Chechnya
who has been tortured by Russian security forces, illegally enters Hamburg
Günther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman) leads a covert German government team that seeks to recruit local informants with ties to Islamic terrorist
organizations. The disheveled Günther's polar opposite is his efficient right-hand associate, Irna Frey. The team learns of Karpov's presence and his suspected links to Chechen terrorists.
Bachmann's team is also tracking the activities of a local, respected, Muslim philanthropist, Dr. Abdullah, who the team suspects is funnelling a small portion of his legitimate funds to Al Qaeda, though the team is unable to prove this. High-ranking German security official Mohr and American diplomatic attaché Sullivan both learn of these investigations and take an interest.
Bachmann is interested in watching suspects and "turning" informants higher and higher up the chain, while protecting the naïve who are caught up in the nefarious affairs of others. Mohr and Sullivan appear single-minded, and interested in merely capturing suspects, regardless of guilt or future usefulness. Bachmann has been disgraced in the past for an apparently serious failure, and shows signs of self-neglect, but is a sophisticated operative who understands Islamic terrorism, and distrusts politicians and the Americans.
Karpov contacts an immigration lawyer, Annabel Richter (Rachel McAdams), who helps put him in contact with Tommy Brue, a wealthy banker whose father had long ago done a favor for Karpov's father. Karpov shows Brue a letter from Brue's father to Karpov's, along with the key to a safe deposit box, and asks for Brue's help. The favour Brue's father did for Karpov's, a member of the Russian mafia, is revealed to be money laundering
. Karpov is informed that he is the legal heir to a multi-million-euro account long held by Brue's bank. Karpov identifies with his maternal Chechen, Muslim heritage, considers the money unclean, and indicates that he does not want it.
Bachmann's team is able to turn
Brue and Richter to their cause. At the behest of Bachmann, Richter convinces Karpov to donate the funds to Abdullah's organization, in the hope that Abdullah will reroute some of the funds to a shipping company acting as a front for Al-Qaeda. Bachmann plans to use this proof of guilt to turn Abdullah and ensnare those higher up in the terrorist organization. The plan is approved by the interior minister, and supported by Sullivan, who has become an apparent ally of Bachmann. Bachmann secures asylum for the innocent Karpov.
During the fund transfer at Brue's bank, Abdullah does indeed route funds to the shipping company. Bachmann, posing as a taxi driver, picks up Abdullah with the goal of turning him into an informant without disrupting his life or family. As Bachmann is about to drive away, he is ambushed by agents reporting to Mohr and Sullivan, who handcuff Abdullah and Karpov and whisk them away. Bachmann yells in anger as Frey, Richter, and Brue look on in shock. Bachmann drives off, defeated.
In July 2013, Lionsgate
acquired the US distribution rights to the film.
On 11 April 2014, the first trailer for the film was released.
A new trailer for the UK was revealed on 30 June.
On 25 July 2014, the film received a limited release in the United States, beginning with 361 theatres and later expanding wider. It earned US$36,233,517 worldwide.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes
, the film holds an approval rating of 87% based on 193 reviews, with an average rating of 7.32/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Smart, subtle, and steadily absorbing, A Most Wanted Man
proves once again that John le Carré books make for sharp, thoughtful thrillers."
, the film has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Many critics praised Hoffman's performance, which was his last leading role before his death in February 2014. Richard Roeper
called the film one of the best spy thrillers in recent years, and called it the seventh best film of 2014.
Critic Kenneth Turan
of the Los Angeles Times
called it a "crackerjack thriller" and praised the performance of the entire cast but Hoffman in particular. He wrote that A Most Wanted Man
is "a fitting film for him to leave on, not only because it is so expertly done but because his role was so challenging."
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