I think all of us saw it coming. The decades of killing and death have finally gotten to James Bond. His name is Devereaux… Peter Devereaux, and he’s a cold-blooded killer. Well, kind of.
Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is an ex-CIA agent. He is the best at what he does, but now he is retired, presumably to star as the villain in Expendables 4. Devereaux is the mentor to David Mason (Luke Bracey), a skilled but over-zealous CIA agent. After a botched mission that led to the death on an innocent child, Devereaux drops Mason and retires. It’s not until 7 years later, when he is approached by his former boss (Bill Smitrovich) to uncover corruption in the CIA, that he is pulled back in and the game begins.
What follows is a cat-and-mouse game where the hunter becomes the hunted and poor Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko) is caught up in this dangerous game. Alice, a social worker for women caught in the sex trade, is the only point of contact to Mira, a woman who knows too much, which makes her a target of the CIA and Russian assassins. On all sides death surrounds her with only Devereaux, a man she doesn’t know and has little reason to trust, to protect her. Devereaux is a seasoned “Bond” with a little less swagger but sharper skills. Not a bad ally in a life or death situation.
When the action hits in November Man it hits hard, with a gritty realism that makes each bullet count. Unfortunately, the character and dialogue don’t have the same effect. That is not to say the acting is terrible, but it wasn’t great. There is not much in The November Man that will blow your mind, or redefine a genre, but it has enough twists and turns to keep you invested and sleuthing your way to the end. Sure, I was able to call a couple of the reveals but that didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the ride. If you are a fan of spy espionage thrillers, you will likely enjoy The November Man. However, viewers should go in knowing that there are segments which included strong sexual content and nudity. Be sure to check out the Plugged In Online, IMDB Parents Guide, and Kids in Mind reviews below.
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“Bond is back – older and colder than ever before. The November Man manages to be fun, although predictable at times. Like spy movies? Try it! #christcorenet”