This is Hoffman's last movie he completed before his death in 2014.
It was released on September 5 in UK and July 25, 2014 in the US.
Tropes for the film:
- Atomic F-Bomb: An absolutely blistering one from Gunther Bachmann (Hoffman) after he finds out he's been betrayed by his own government.
- The Film of the Book: Based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Gunther Bachmann. An adaption of Le Carre's book (of which the character is known for utilizing this trope in his realist spy novels), Bachmann is the typical Le Carre protagonist where he is jaded and cynical about his world and the corruption around him but seeks to do the best job he can anyway because of some personal morality.
- Mundane Made Awesome: The climax of the movie is money being placed in various charitable accounts. It is very suspenseful.
- Not My Driver: The fake taxi version is used twice. In the second case it's easier, as the person calling for the taxi is one of their agents, so he just calls them directly instead of the taxi company. They've also suborned the person who was originally supposed to pick them up.
- Oddly Small Organization: Bachmann heads a small organization tasked with recruiting informers inside the Islamic community. It's stated that his group is so small because the job he's doing is illegal under German law, so it's easier to pretend the small unit doesn't exist.''Not many people know about us, and even less like it."
- Retargeted Lust: Irna teases Gunther that he fancies the pretty blonde lawyer they're tailing. He replies that she's not his type, Irna is. Then they Fake-Out Make-Out as the lawyer passes their position, with Gunther eyeing the lawyer while he's kissing Irna.