PHILIP Seymour Hoffman shuffles on to the big screen this week in what became his final starring role, following his untimely death earlier this year.
Hoffman’s weary spy Gunther Bachmann is the focus of A Most Wanted Man, taken from the John le Carré novel of the same name.
In a departure from the original work, A Most Wanted Man, directed by Anton Corbijn (The American, Control), focuses on German spy Bachmann and his tracking of illegal immigrant Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin) to the German city of Hamburg.
What follows is a portrait of counter-terrorism in a post-9/11 world. What the film does retain from the Le Carré original is a plot which twists and turns, weaving a web of intrigue which envelopes all its characters.
While Bachmann works to entrap a wealthy Arab businessman (Hamayoun Ershadi) he must convince ruthless CIA agent Martha Sullivan (Robin Wright) to bide her time.