Director: Anton Corbijn. Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Nina Hoss, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Homayoun Ershadi, Daniel Brühl. 122 min. Rated R. UK/USA/Germany. Thriller.
Generally, spy thrillers are difficult to adapt from book to screen. The technical complexities of espionage that are easy to follow on page, end up making the movie boring. But in this case, Anton Corbijn (The American) has done a seamless job on the 2008 John le Carré novel, and incorporating multiple characters into the story of capturing a terrorist cell in Hamburg with a sudden, captivating twist ending, is every bit engaging. The additional treat, is great stars embodying those characters, with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the lead. Philip Seymour Hoffman. What a loss, man - what a loss.