Monday, December 29, 2014

The November Man - DVD Review

          Based on the series of books by Bill Granger, Pierce Bronson comes back to play an Ex-CIA op who is involved in a personal mission that involves his ex-wife, a former protege, and a corrupt and dangerous Russian political figure.   Having the CIA come after Bronson only makes the movie even more exciting and riveting as well.  

          The movie is off to a tough start.  Bronson, who plays Devereaux, is on a mission with his protege when a child is murdered in the middle of a crowded street.  Devereaux blames his protege for this and the two are separated and never meet again until this mission comes up. 

          Devereaux is asked by his former boss to get someone out of Russia because she may have some secret information.  Devereaux is not told who the woman is and when he gets to Russia, he is very surprised to find out that this woman is his ex-wife. Her secret is a name of a woman who has witnessed war crimes that has involved a Russian political figure.  Fortunately, Devereaux manages to get the name before his wife is killed.  

            All this leads Devereaux on a chase to find the woman before she is killed with the CIA hot and other assassins on his heels.  One of the killers is his former protege, so Devereaux will be battling him and leading him on a game of cat and mouse, escalating it to be more personal as the plot in the movie thickens.  

            As far as performances go, Bronson is at his best as he drives the movie along with his meetings with his ex-boss and protege, making the movie exciting from start to finish.  There are some plot twists and when I reached the end, I was surprised by the outcome since the movie was unpredictable.  

            If you’re a fan of Robert Ludlum and Jason Bourne, then I would say that this is right up there as one of the best movies I’ve seen this year.  It’s certainly worth more than five stars and I will be reading more of Bill Granger’s books in the new year.  

Ron Hummer 

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