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Dan's Review: "The November Man" like a gritty, mediocre James Bond film
by DAN METCALF, JR.
Aug 27, 2014 | 2320 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Olga Kurylenko and Pierce Brosnan in The November Man - © 2014 Relativity Media
Olga Kurylenko and Pierce Brosnan in The November Man - © 2014 Relativity Media
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The November Man (Relativity Media)

Rated R for strong violence including a sexual assault, language, sexuality/nudity and brief drug use.

Starring Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Bill Smitrovich, Amila Terzimehic, Lazar Ristovski, Mediha Musliovic, Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Akie Kotabe, Will Patton, Patrick Kennedy.

Written by Bill Granger.

Directed by Roger Donaldson.

GRADE: 

REVIEW:

They say you can’t really go home, but that doesn't mean old guys who used to play spies in movies won’t try to relive their old glory from time to time. Even Sean Connery couldn't help but get back into the 007 saddle after signing off years earlier (1983’s Never Say Never). I wouldn't write off Peirce Brosnan from ever strapping on a Walther PPK again, either. In the meantime, Brosnan will have to settle for other spy movies, even if he has to take matters into his own hands. The Irishman gets an executive producer and leading role credit in The November Man, out this Labor Day weekend.

Brosnan plays Peter Devereaux, a retired CIA agent recruited by his former boss Hanley (Bill Smitrovich) to bring in a Russian turncoat. That Russian happens to be Peter’s lover Natalia (Mediha Musliovic) and mother to his 12-year-old daughter. During the operation in Moscow, things go wrong, and Peter comes face to face with his former protégé, David Mason (Luke Bracey). He also discovers the information Natalia had on her boss Federov (Lazar Ristovski), who is about to become the new Russian president. Federov is implicated in manufacturing a terrorist attack in Chechnya several years prior in order to bring Russia into another war and take over several lucrative oil fields in the area. There is good reason to believe that the CIA might also have been behind the plot. The key witness to the atrocities of the war was a young girl (now an adult) named Mira, and Peter must find her before the Russians or the CIA does. His trail leads to a social worker in Belgrade named Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko).

As Peter and Alice work to uncover the truth behind the plot, they must run for their lives or kill to survive.

The November Man might have been just another run-of-the-mill James Bond movie, if not for the added sex, graphic violence and cussing. It has a lot of same plot holes, McGuffins, red herrings and clichés you’d come to expect from a mediocre spy movie, too. Brosnan proves he’s still got the panache to play a global spy, albeit with a lot more f-bombs and ruthless, violent abandon.

That’s not to say The November Man is a terrible movie; it’s good enough for a rental.

Ironically, the movie will probably be available for rental in…November.

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