A lot can be said about a movie from its poster.
If I had seen this poster first, I probably would've skipped it in theaters. Seriously this is the go to generic ensemble cast poster, and few good things come of it.
Gunther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a spy trying to bring some validity back to his name. When a tortured Chechen man, Issa (Grigoriy Dobrygin) shows up in Hamburg, Gunther links him to wealthy business man that's been accused to transferring money from charities to Islamic terrorists. Issa has help from his lawyer, Annabel (Rachel McAdams, in a terrible German accent) and a reluctant banker, Tommy. (Willem DeFoe)
Here's the thing about this movie. It's interesting, it builds to a good climax, then promptly falls flat on its face. The ending was not satisfying at all. Maybe the novel it was based on has more details, but I couldn't help but be disappointed. Throughout the film, I kept trying to reason with myself that this film WAS decent. Hoffman was good. Daniel Bruhl is in it for awhile, but is severely wasted. Dobrygin is actually pretty damn hot, but once that ending hit, I knew for sure that this film was just plain mediocre and probably makes a better rental.
Memorable Quote: "We both know he's innocent" - Gunther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman)