THE NOVEMBER MAN- MOVIE REVIEW
By Qiniso Mbili
The November Man is a thriller film based on the novel titled There Are No Spies, directed by Roger Donaldson and stars Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko and Luke Bracey, amongst others.
The lead character, Peter Devereaux, code-named “November Man is an ex CIA agent who has been living in Switzerland. Devereaux’s recklessness resulted in the death of a young child early in the storyline and this was the reason for his departure from the agency.
He is called back into action by his former boss to fulfil one last mission; to fetch and protect a witness (Olga Kurylenko) who holds information that could bring down a Russian presidential candidate and expose the truth about a conspiracy that has been running for decades. America is looking for her, Russia is looking for her and now Devereaux must find her.. During the execution of the mission, he finds out that one of his targets is former friend and protégé, David Mason.
Considering Pierce Brosnan’s other roles in past movies, the acting was solid but the action scenes were bland. The only similarity that this movie has to other Brosnan movies is the presence of hi-tech gadgets. The main difference is that Brosnan does not really have a personality this time. At one point in the movie I couldn’t figure out who was bad and who was good.
The storyline is very fast-paced. One might find that the storyline unfolds too quickly, resulting in the plot being a bit too hard to follow. Olga Kurylenko’s talent is undermined as she is reduced to only a supporting character, appearing only a few times.
Kurylenko and Brosnan worked together in the Quantum of Solace which serves as more reason to expect a brilliant movie out of this one. However it does not reach the expectations that one might have.
As fast paced as the movie is, it is agonisingly hard to watch till the end. It takes a very long time to get to its best parts. It is not a completely bad movie. It just that it is nothing splendid. It contained a lot of predictable moments; I would only recommend it to fans of the specific genre.