Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan,), a lethal
trained ex-CIA agent is lured out of
retirement from Switzerland for one more job to get the name of a witness that
could bring a future Russian presidential candidate, Anton Federov. He
must protect Alice (Olga Kurylenko) who
may know where the witness named Mira is from both a Russian hit woman and his
former ex-protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey).
THE NOVEMBER MAN is based
on the seventh novel in the November Man series called There Are No Spies. Brosnan
is back as a retied spy in a world
where you won’t see James Bond mired in the choices that Devereaux makes. He
takes things personal and he doesn’t care
about the CIA’s game to control people to
control the geo-political situation.
THE NOVEMBER MAN has some layers and
twists to it which makes me wish they could make another movie based on the
books (but not likely due to the poor box office performance and uneven
reviews). I think it is a good
counterpoint for Pierce Brosnan compared to the James Bond films he was in.
THE MAKING OF THE NOVEMBER MAN
is a ten minute promotion making-of featurette that goes over why they chose
the seventh book in the series to adapt, updating it for today, and using
drones to get some close above camera shots.
Also included on the disc are the theatrical
previews for EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, BRICK
MANSIONS, BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP,
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, THE DROP, 3 DAYS TO KILL, and LET’S BE COPS.
NOVEMBER MAN is like an anti-James Bond film
in a way which is good for a one time rental and even for fans of John Le
Carre. It paints the world where
politics influences spying and the global picture where an ex-spy doesn’t give
a damn about the bigger picture. I wish
they had more making-of extras, but I do hope they make more movies in THE
NOVEMBER MAN series.
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David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments
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