Story by: Dean Crawford, Photos by:
Directed by Roger Donaldson
Action / Thriller
(Listen to GrooveCast host Chance Dorland’s interview with Dean Crawford and his take on “November Man” on the podcast player below!)
The lead-up to Oscar season can be an increasingly frustrating time for film fans in Korea. Blockbusters aside, it’s not uncommon to have to wait a few extra months for the releases of certain films, or even years in the case of “You’re Next” (2011). This leaves October feeling somewhat light when it comes to foreign releases, which should help David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” but doesn’t do much for us avid cinemagoers.
I’ve been looking forward to Matthew Vaughn’s latest offering, “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” because if he could do to spies what he did to superheroes with “Kick Ass” (2010), we would all be in for a treat. But the release date has been pushed back to February — never a good sign — so instead I’m going to have to settle for another spy film, “The November Man,” featuring James Bond himself, Pierce Brosnan.
Based on Bill Granger’s 1987 novel “There Are No Spies,” “The November Man” follows former CIA agent Peter Devereaux as he is brought out of retirement for one last mission: to protect witness Alice Fournier (“Bond” girl Olga Kurylenko). Because of Devereaux’s insider knowledge of a former CIA job gone wrong, he is declared an enemy of the organization, which sends his former best friend and protégée (Luke Bracey) to hunt him down and kill him.
The film doesn’t appear to have any discernible edge that could elevate it above the other spy films that have come out as of late, such as “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (2014) or Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher” (2012), yet “The November Man’s” sequel has been green lit even before the first film’s release. That’s a very strange move, considering Pierce Brosnan isn’t exactly Tom Cruise, who himself is having trouble getting the “Jack Reacher” sequel off the ground. Here’s hoping the confidence the producers are showing in the film means that the finished product resembles something that can rival Bond, Bourne and the rest. Even if it can’t measure up, at least there will be something for us to watch this month.