November Man

Movie:  November Man

Rating:  3 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:   Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is one of the best field agents the CIA ever had.   We first see him in Montenegro in 2008, saving the life of our ambassador from an assassin.  CIA trainee Dave Mason (Luke Bracey) was Devereaux’s back-up, and accidently kills a young girl in the gunfight that takes down the assassin.

Five years later Mason is leading a CIA team in Belgrade, Serbia to get a mole out of the country with valuable intelligence about a Russian politician.  Now retired, Devereaux is called in to meet the mole and get her to safety.  The Russians and Serbs are quickly alerted to the defection, and all hell breaks loose in Belgrade.  A tangled web slowly unravels, and there are many deceivers willing to lie to cover their numerous misdeeds.  At the heart of the mystery is a war crime that has been covered up.

In the meantime, Devereaux is trying to alternately shoot his way out of trouble and flee just ahead of his pursuers.  Being the veteran agent that he is, he could probably disappear easily except he has reluctantly acquired a companion, Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko), and the two of them are on the lam together.   The problem is, can they figure out who are the good guys, because everyone seems to want them dead.

This is a fun movie with more than its share of action and suspense.  For a while it will be hard to figure out who all the players are, but be patient, all will be revealed.  And seeing Pierce Brosnan in action here is almost like seeing him in his hey day as James Bond.  Never a dull moment in this thriller.  A definite “go see it” film.

Actor To Watch:  Olga Kurylenko, what a babe!  She was a Bond girl in Quantum of Solace, so this is almost like being “Bonded” again.  There is a scene in the movie where she is required to pose as a call girl.  How they shoe-horned her into the micro dress is a mystery to me.  Yowza!

Huh?  What the ….:  Despite a loud and prolonged gun fight in a hotel, men race around a corner and a maid in the hallway is somehow surprised.  Hello!  Maybe the gunshots should have alerted you to take cover!

Dialogue Nuggets:  “Atrocities are like reality TV.”

“You’re not going to take me down.  You are a blunt instrument, at best.”

“Don’t put your faith in me.  I promise I’ll disappoint you.”

“We used to call you the November Man.  After you passed through, nothing lived.”


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