Film Review: Pierce Brosnan is the only reason to watch 'The November Man'

Friday, 29 August 2014 - 6:55pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Dir: Roger Donaldson

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey, Bill Smitrovich

Rating: **

What's it about: A spy comes in from the cold for one last mission. A woman he loves, dies. Killed by his protégé. He knows the kid is only the trigger and wants to find out why. There's a social worker he tries to protect in the meantime. There's a mystery to be solved. But will he figure it out in time?

What's hot: Pierce Brosnan, obviously. The former Bond star still has 'it', despite all-too-visible signs of having let go over the years. Olga Kurylenko is sufficiently reliable eye candy.

What's not: The plot. It's way too predictable (if you watch enough spy thrillers, that is). To be fair, the film has its moments and you do grumble and go along for the ride, but it is a plot-holed one. The action is just about okay, the writing is average and the screenplay is patchy, at best. Even the cinematography leaves a lot to be desired. It takes all of Brosnan's charisma to make this film chug along. Bracey as a counterfoil, is not even in the same league. And the treatment of this novel adaptation is so old-school, it might as well be from another era. Forget the plot, even the props seem dated!

What to do: Watch this one only if you're a Brosnan fan. He's a man for all seasons. The movie? Well, after one viewing, all you're gonna ask is... why he did it at all.

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