The November Man: “A thrilling psychological game”

the november manPierce Brosnan as Peter Devereaux
Luke Bracey as David Mason
Olga Kurylenko as Alice Fournier
Bill Smitrovitch as Hanely
Lazar Ristovski as Arkady Federov
Caterina Scorsone as Celia
4 out of 5
In theaters August 27

Peter Devereaux (Brosnan) is a retired ex-CIA operative. He’s been out of the game at least five years when he’s asked by his old handler to bring in a possible asset: someone who has vital information about the man who stands to become Russia’s next president. This information could be helpful to the U.S. and the CIA wants it. Things get complicated when the asset turns out to be Peter’s old flame. They send him to bring her in, but she gets discovered. As she tries to flee with Devereaux’s help, she is assassinated. She is taken out by Peter’s former protégé, David Mason (Luke Bracey). He and Peter parted ways five years ago because of a mission that had gone wrong resulting in the killing of an innocent child bystander. Peter discovers that the information that the asset had is only the tip of the iceberg leading to another person, Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko). She has damaging knowledge and the agency knows it, so they give Dave the contract to take Peter out. It then becomes a twisted game of cat and mouse between master and student, but there are other complication that leave both of them wondering who to trust in this shell game between the Russian government and the CIA.

Pierce Brosnan fits the role of the aging bad-ass very well in this taut spy thriller. Pierce’s production company, Irish DreamTime, had optioned this story at least seven years ago, but the production got halted until recently. It seems that Pierce hasn’t lost a step from his days as 007. Although there are a couple of scenes where his hands may be a little shaky, he’s still slick and untouchable. This role suits him well and is an extension of what we would come to expect if Pierce had continued to play James Bond. Brosnan is older, but wiser here as he takes is former protege to task, urging him to be a better man—not just a machine that reacts without emotion. There’s great action here. A lot of bodies on the ground, but what drives this film is the thrilling psychological game between mentor and protégée, and who you can and can’t trust. Oh, sure, it’s a little stilted in places, but not as predictable as you might think. There are definitely some surprising plot twists that you might not see coming. This is a good popcorn movie to pass the time, but I don’t think it’s a must see right away. You’d do just as well when it hits Netflix, but if you’re looking for a time waster, this isn’t too bad.

Check out the trailer for “THE NOVEMBER MAN” below:

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