560. The November Man

560-the-november-manBackground info

Title: The November Man
Director: Roger Donaldson
Year: 2014
Run time: 1hr 48m

“Code named “The November Man”, Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who is lured out of quiet retirement on a very personal mission. He must protect a valuable witness, Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko), who could expose the truth behind a decades-old conspiracy. He soon discovers this assignment makes him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust.”

Live blog

1:26 – Brosnan saying agent already, and there’s a fancy car.
7:35 – “She asked for you.” Flattery gets you everywhere.
8:30 – First little drone spotted in a film.
11:30 – Brave lady, not so good at covering her tracks.
12:52 – The drone thing is awesome, but it’s not exactly subtle.
16:52 – Ooh, that’s some good rage.
20:26 – Samsung and Dell equipment getting all shot to pieces so far!
27:29 – Oh yay, the bit where it’s absolutely terrifying how much information they have.
33:43 – “Male, old, used to have skills.” Not Liam Neeson then.
39:44 – “All your friends try to kill you?” “Eventually.”
45:50 – She’s saying very but she clearly means vary. Weird accent.
51:33 – Normally it’s annoying when the random hanger on has perceptive insights, but she is a social worker, I suppose.
1:01:36 – Eek, a lot of blood.
1:05:29 – Yes, 2FA in a film too. Amazing.
1:16:17 – “So many people want me dead, and here you are.”
1:18:54 – Ack, the tension.
1:28:19 – I think Mason will turn out okay in the end. I have faith.
1:30:37 – Love those outdoor chess tables but just realised, do you have to bring your own pieces?
1:32:26 – So irritating. Why doesn’t she just do as instructed by the experts?
1:37:35 – Yes! I knew it. Slo mo awesomeness.
1:39:21 – Love that context-switching. Smack someone round the face with a shovel, then back to blogging.

Conclusions

I was keen to see this one only because it was clearly Pierce Brosnan doing another James Bond film without actually being allowed to don the 007 suit and tie. A highly trained spy, on a mission, pretty girls, reasonably fast cars, lots of twists and turns and double-crossing, and plenty of alcohol.

It did exactly what it was supposed to, being just slightly more serious than Brosnan’s Bond outings, and with a few more curses along the way. It did get a bit confusing in places, we had to pause and discuss who we thought was on which side and why, and then tried desperately to follow it after that.

But overall it was entertaining, I couldn’t particularly recommend it unless you, like me, miss Brosnan’s shaken-but-not-stirred attitude.

Rating: 3/5.

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