So a friend said, “Let’s go see November Man. I really like Pierce Brosnan!” So we went to see it. This is a spy adventure with lots of action and a bit more violence than I’m really comfortable with. The action is great. It’s a bit reminiscent of the Brad Pitt/Robert Redford movie, Spy Game, where there’s an experienced spy who trained a younger spy only in November Man, the two end up pitted against each other. Based on the Bill Granger novel, There Are No Spies, Brosnan plays the lead role of the experienced, retired spy, Peter Devereaux (code named November Man), who is called out of a sleepy civilian life in Switzerland by a CIA agent to bring a spy out of Russia. She is his former lover and the mother of the daughter he is raising on his own and he’s told she asked for him to bring her out. It turns out that his assignment has not been sanctioned by the CIA, there is another team ready to pick her up and she is totally surprised to see him. When it becomes apparent that her cover is blown, the other team terminates her as she sits beside Devereaux in his car. Leaving her, he goes after the other team, eliminates all but the last one he encounters — his protegé, David Mason. Before she dies, Celia (played by Catarina Scorsone) gives Devereaux the name of the witness who can bring down the next Russian Premier. All he has to do is locate her, protect her, and get her in front of a Senate committee in the States. Problem is, he’s not the only one looking for her, plus Mason is looking for him!
It’s a pretty good plot and Brosnan fits the bill for the older spy. Mason, played by Luke Bracey, is excellent as the somewhat insecure protegé up against his former trainer. The witness, played by Olga Kurylenko, has disappeared, covered her tracks, and has a new life to protect but is none-the-less drawn into the action when a Russian hit woman is ready to terminate her just as Devereaux and Mason and his team, converge on her meeting with a journalist in a restaurant. Layers are peeled away as she and Devereaux run. The action is fine. The violence is a bit over the top. There’s a certain amount of gratuitous sex which, I guess, is to be expected given the charges against the Russian politician. I’ve seen several wonderful movies this summer that had almost no swearing, no violence, no gratuitous sex, and yet weren’t the least bit boring. Am I in the minority? Possibly. What movies have you seen this summer that you liked and which category would they be in: parental guidance or restricted?
Directed By: Roger Donaldson