Movie review: Pierce Brosnan's back in cynical spy chase 'November Man'
Pierce Brosnan shows he still knows the spy game in "The November Man," but the former James Bond is a rough fit in this bloody and predictably cynical espionage thriller.
Brosnan plays Peter Devereaux, a retired CIA assassin reactivated to get a Russian operative (Mediha Musliovic) out of Moscow alive. The mission ends in failure, with the operative who turns out to be Devereaux's former lover killed by Devereaux's onetime protÃ©gÃ©, Mason (Luke Bracey).
The plot then devolves into a cat-and-mouse chase through Belgrade, with Devereaux trying to kill Mason while also protecting a UN refugee caseworker ("Quantum of Solace" Bond girl Olga Kurylenko) who has info that could topple a high-level Russian politician (Lazar Ristovski) and embarrass the CIA.
Director Roger Donaldson is an old hand at spy movies ("No Way Out" and "The Recruit" are on his rÃ©sumÃ©), and he deploys Brosnan expertly through the briskly paced action. The gunplay, though, is as random and indiscriminate as a first-person-shooter video game, which is at odds with the moral dilemmas Devereaux and Mason are forced to face.
'The November Man'
Opens Wednesday, Aug. 27, at theaters everywhere; rated R for strong violence including a sexual assault, language, sexuality/nudity and brief drug use; 108 minutes.
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