The November Man: Edgy spy thriller


Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Bill Smitrovich, Amila Terzimehic, Lazar Ristovski, Mediha Musliovic, Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorone

Director: Roger Donaldson

Age has not withered him nor custom staled his infinite attractiveness and as the central character of Roger Donaldson’s gritty adaptation of Bill Granger’s novel, “There Are No Spies, the seventh in the November Man book series, Pierce Brosnan continues to be as magnetic as ever. See, your reviewer has liked him from the moment I first saw him in the hit TV series Remington Steele.

On the right side of sixty, our ex-Bond is now Peter Devereaux, an ex-CIA operative who finds himself pitted against his former pupil David Mason (Luke Bracey) in a dangerous mission involving certain CIA officials and Russian politicos. Sharing the stellar credits is the Ukraine-born actress and ex Bond girl Olga Kurylenko as a social worker named Alice Fournier.

Now Alice is a woman with a tragic past that’s somehow linked to Chechnya war criminal Arkady Federov (Lazar Ristovski) Before Alice shows up though, the principal reason for Deveraux’s return from retirement ( running a cafe in the quietude of a Swiss hamlet) into a world of visceral violence  Natalia Ulanova (Mediha Musliovic) an  old flame who is employed (undercover) at Federov’s.

Adrenaline charged action occurs at a frenetic pace as significant and lesser characters get killed or seriously wounded and Peter gets both perplexed and enraged by a conspiracy which points to two of his Langley colleagues, Weinstein (William Patton) and Hanley (Bill Smitrovich) But which one of these two is cast in  the best or should I say worst Machiavellian mould? Go see. There’s also a schoolgirl involved, the fruit of Deveraux’s loins, but we don’t want to give away too much of the plot. Suffice to say, The November Man is an edgy espionage actioner, replete with gore and nail biting tension.

Ronita Torcato

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