November Man

Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich, Will Patton, Amila Terzimehić, Lazar Ristovski, Mediha Musliović, Akie Kotabe, Patrick Kennedy

The November Man: a lethal ex-CIA agent is brought back in for a simple extraction that tangles him up with a Russian politician, the CIA, and his former protegé. It’s one of those films set in the Soviet Bloc in which everebadee talkz Eengleesh. It also boasts two former James Bond stars reprising the best bits of their roles – and for what it’s worth, it’s great to see Broz’s charisma again as he pouts and shouts his way from scene to scene in a antiheroic fashion. For a political/thriller there’s more than enough solid action scenes: car chases, foot chases, gunfights (complete with some John Woo style jumping / slow mo). There’s a shape-shifting plot that’s fun to follow, especially because the entire film is back to back plot-action-plot-action, that only briefly dips in the middle. It’s not all roses however; some of the sub-plots (like the mentor / master angle) feel very clunky, there’s a couple of weird directorial choices (like mad Dutch angles everywhere), and the woeful title isn’t explained until last 10 minutes – and it barely makes sense. Most importantly, there’s very little to distinguish this from a thousand other similar sub-Bourne movies based on shady CIA operations. The November Man is a solid – but unremarkable – Spy Thriller that sits just above the middle ground with entertaining performances and action.

Score: 6.5/10

Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich, Will Patton, Amila Terzimehić, Lazar Ristovski, Mediha Musliović, Akie Kotabe, Patrick Kennedy

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5 comments
  1. Agreed. Also seems like something the studio took away from the filmmaker and gave it the film edit by committee approach.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I felt like it was a bit like a rusty director that picked up a script from 2000. Still, can’t turn down a couple of hours with Pierce!

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  2. This movie is utter garbage. The typical post-Bourne crap that studios spit out endlessly. I was hoping for Pierce to redeem himself after his last two Bond movies, but that doesn’t happen. I suppose he did a good enough job, but the script did him no favors.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I didn’t look too harshly at this as it would fall to pieces under even a minimal inspection. Silly script and plot, but some comedy/classic MAYBE YOU SHOULDN’T BE LIVING HERE moments and enough good action to keep me engaged. GoldenEye and TND made me a Bronholm fan for life – although I’ve not seen anything as good as Matador.

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  3. Dan O. said:

    Had plenty of harsh, bloody violence that worked. However, the story doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense. Nice review.

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