Inspired by “There Are No Spies” book by Bill Granger, The November Man stars Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko & Luke Bracey and was directed by Roger Donaldson.
Premise: An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.
Review: There are a lot places and timelines to follow at the beginning but the movie is not hard to keep track of. Links are quickly made between the characters and it was a nice change for once. Enough information is given to keep the audience interested in the story.
But the said story is a little shaky. It might just be me but I didn’t really understand why the co-conspirator started the very thing that led to his demise. Because from where I sit he had all the tolls he needed to keep a firm grasp on his old partner in crime, the only thing left for him to do was to find the girl. It’s true that they both had leverage on each other and eventually the president to be would have tried to get him killed. But all he needed to do, was to get an operative to steal the evidence, killed the operative, find someone to find the missing girl and blackmail his old partner in crime to stop trying to kill him and make him fall in line.It was at least a 50/50% chance that by involving the November Man he’d get caught. So that’s the only problem, which a big one, that I have with this movie.
Other than that, the cast was very interesting, I didn’t expect to see half the actors I recognized in that movie. There were characters whose existence and/or skill or lack there of were incomprehensible to me. It is still a good spy movie, it’s definitely not perfect but it’s good in the sense that I didn’t spend energy trying to figure out who the bad guys were, there was very few bullshit. Even the storyline problem I pointed out could be explained by a poor judgement call from a not so smart character.
Anyway, I’d very much like to hear your thoughts about the movie or the book it was based on. Don’t be afraid to share your opinion in the comment section below.