I really didn't want to see this movie. It was the hubby's turn to pick, and this seemed tolerable. I'm glad I went. This could certainly be seen as a rental. There's really not a lot of action. Instead, there was a very steady, extremely interesting, easy to follow, but not brainless, plot taking place. The acting was phenomenal. It made me miss Philip Seymour Hoffman even more. He was brilliant. I spent the whole movie wondering what would happen next and never took my eyes off the screen. I didn't read the book so I have no comparison to offer on that front.
When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity - oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Based on John le Carré's novel, A MOST WANTED MAN is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene.