[This is a re-post of my A Most Wanted Man review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film opens in limited release this weekend.]
The spy thriller genre—like all genres—has its fair share of tropes and clichés. The best entries are ones that take the foundation of the genre and expand upon it or put a new spin on the material. Director Anton Corbijn’s latest film, A Most Wanted Man, is a solid and sharply smart entry into the spy genre that manages to explore dark characters and difficult topics while foregoing the typical action-heavy formula, sidestepping audience expectations in the process. This is not a film that takes shortcuts just to make its audience happy, and though the final results may not delve as deep into some of its themes as one would expect, A Most Wanted Man still manages to be an involving, tense, and slow-burn thriller. Read my full review after the jump.