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"The November Man": A Spy Story You Can Take Your Dad To 

Tuesday, Aug 26 2014
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Roger Donaldson's The November Man is the sort of classic spy movie that's perfect to watch with your dad, unless he's one of those snobs who only watches spy movies based on John LeCarre novels. Sourced from Bill Granger's There Are No Spies, retired CIA agent Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) gets pulled back in for one last assignment in Eastern Europe, finding himself in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with his former protégé Mason (Luke Bracey) while protecting Alice (Olga Kurylenko), a Serbian social worker who knows too much. Though The November Man kills a child in the first 10 minutes to show that it means business, most of the film is a goofy, formulaic romp. This is the kind of role Brosnan can do in his sleep, and pretty much did for the last couple of James Bond pictures, but he's clearly having fun with the material; many things explode, plot holes are barreled through, and no trope is left unturned, including a straight-faced use of the timeless "You look like shit." Unfortunately, The November Man's attitude toward its female characters is similarly retrograde — including young Mason sleeping with his hot blond neighbor mostly to establish he has a big ol' case of the Not-Gays — but your dad probably won't object.

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