November Man, English Hollywood Film Movie Review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * * *
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#NovemberMan(English) Rating: * * * familiar yet thrilling. #PierceBrosnan rekindles this spy engagement with his suave killer moves. And he gets the delicious damsel(#OlgaKurylenko) to fall for him too! #BillGranger #RogerDonaldson #LukeBracey,#ElizaTaylor, #CaterinaScorsone, #BillSmitrovich #BeauSt.Clair #SriramDas #RelativityMedia
English Film review
Familiar Racy Thriller
Film: November man
Cast: Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Pierce Brosnan, Eliza Taylor,Catarina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich, Will Patton
Director: Roger Donaldson
Rating: * * *
Runtime: 1 hr 48 mins
Synopsis:Code named 'The November Man,' Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who hasbeen enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. When Devereaux is lured out of retirement for one last mission, he must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko). He soon uncovers this assignment marks him a target of his former friend and CIA protÃ©gÃ© David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred.
This one’s a routine, familiar outing for Pierce Brosnan who reprises his role as a spy, albeit- working for CIA(not Her Majesty) forced out of retirement and licensed to get some vital information from a former girl-friend and save another woman from the assassin’s bullet.
The screenplay is adapted from one of Bill Granger’s novels titled ‘There are No Spies’ and takes the viewer through the regular fast action –quick payoffs hefts of the standard issue spy thriller. As Peter Devereaux, Brosnan, plays a former CIA agent with a nickname ‘November Man’ that puts into perspective his legendary skills. He is also cool, suave and fast so the dark secrets, shifting allegiances and unprecedented array of killers in hot pursuit does not faze him-even for a bit.
When the woman he once loved (and who secretly bore him a daughter) dies while spying in Moscow, he becomes the enemy of her killer — his old protege David Mason (Luke Bracey), whose bosses at Langley ordered the hit. And behind-the-scenes there’s one Russian in particular: Corrupt former general Arkady Federov (Lazar Ristovski), who is on track to be the next Russian president and wants to erase anyone who knows about the atrocities he committed in the Second Chechen War. Devereaux's ex was supposedly one of those secret-holders, and Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko) is another.
There’s not much information gathering here other than a few stealthy turn of screws. For complexity there’s a host of characters who appear to have dual motives. Director Roger (The Recruit)Donaldson takes us through it all at break neck speed so you don’t have time to dwell on the inconsistencies or question the logic. Romain Lacourbas’ cinematography adds integrity to the thrills. And with Pierce Brosnan doing the honors it’s a smooth enough, satisfying and overly familiar ride!