The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s Genre was chosen by my good friend Emma of emmakwall (explains it all) and she chose British Thrillers as the Genre for January
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of British Thriller movies…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Jan 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A German security agent tries to track a potential terrorist in order to find a way to catch an even bigger fish
My Take on it – This was Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final fully filmed movie and it is bittersweet watching him here since beside seeing him in supporting roles in Mockinjay 1 and 2, this will be the final time we see him in something new as the main character.
He is pretty good here as an aging spy who still believes that there are slow and patient ways to do the work instead of rushing things too quickly.
I especially like how his final scene feels very appropriate to the end of his career because he just stands up and exits stage right forever leaving us.
I find this film to have an interesting plot idea, but there are too many points where the movie feels like it is dragging its feet instead of moving forward.
For those expecting a thrilling spy thriller, this movie moves deliberately at a slow pace, so you will be disappointed if that’s what you are seeking.
I’ve never read a John Le Carre novel, so I can’t say if the adaptation is faithful to the source novel or not.
Bottom Line – Hoffman leaves us in a poignant way in his final movie and especially his final scene, but overall the movie isn’t as thrilling as it could have been. Too many scenes move slowly, but overall it has a very good premise. Recommended!
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Nope. It’s a good movie, but it isn’t as engaging and thrilling as I would have hoped.
Rating – Globe Worthy
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