By Tony Pinto
Pierce Brosnan is back in action as a wannabe James Bond. The man who actually played James Bond in “Goldeneye” nearly 20 years ago, is back trying to be an action star in the movie “The November Man.”
At 61, he’s still got something, but that might just be his appetite for on screen drinking.
Brosnan plays ex-CIA agent Peter Devereaux, who, like Bond, is fond of the liquor. The films plot centers around Devereaux being pulled out of retirement for one last mission. Of course, this time there are personal reasons involved.
The film opens up with a flashback of a botched mission, where Devereaux and his much younger, inexperienced partner David Mason (Luke Bracey) accidentally kill an innocent child. Five years after that fateful day, Mason is ordered to kill a former Russian spy named Celia (Caterina Scorsone.)
As to not give too much away, that somehow affects Devereaux. Soon, he goes on a somewhat vengeful rampage against the CIA. In what would only happen in a movie, the CIA sends his former partner David Mason to capture him.
There is a lot of violence in this movie. Way more than is needed. This is an action movie so some violence was expected, but most of this violence seems unnecessary. Watching this movie will give you the view that director Roger Donaldson is a fan of pointless killing.
Donaldson must also be a fan of adult situations, which there are far too many off. It would be different if these scenes helped move the plot along but they don’t do any of that. They just help slow the plot down.
And it’s already slow as it is.
There is not much reason to go see this movie. Brosnan is only okay, and what more can you expect. He’s too old to be an action star but if it’s any consolation he looks extremely well for his age.
The plot is mostly pointless. There are a few scenes that happen that will have you puzzled and not in a good way. There are a few scenes where Brosnan’s character, who is the good guy, becomes the bad guy for a few minutes. A good guy wouldn’t do this or that but in this film they apparently do.
You might be thinking major plot twist during these scenes, which never happens. All these scenes do is contradict the already lazy plot by just being tossed in. If they never get brought up again whats the point of them?
If you want violence for no reason, you have it. If you want adult situations for no reason, you have it. If you want anything else from this film, you don’t have it. It’s a film Brosnan didn’t need to make and it’s a film you don’t need to see.
Tony Pinto’s Grade: D