An ex-C.I.A. operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level C.I.A. officials and the Russian President-elect.
Peter Devereaux is a former CIA agent who is asked by the man he worked for to extract a woman who is in Russia and is presently close to a man running for President, who is believed to have committed crimes during the Chechen war. She can give them the name of someone who can prove it. His friend says that she will only come to him. So he goes and she gets the info and tries to get out but the man finds out and tries to stop her. Written by
The movie had no shortage of edge-of-your-seat action, so both the stunt and the special effects team were kept busy on-set. Award winning Stunt Coordinator Mark Mottram, who had previously worked with Pierce Brosnan on three of his Bond films, also served as his stunt double. Mottram had a core team of four, which included two additional stunt doubles, a stunt rigger, and a stunt utility bike, and car specialist. Some scenes were so elaborate, that thirty Serbian and Russian stuntmen joined the British team, particularly for car chases which required real precision driving through the often narrow streets of Belgrade, Serbia. The stunt team also worked with the cast members to rehearse and perfect fight scenes, as well as dropping off high balconies and simulating the impact of explosions and gunshots. See more »
During the motorcycle chase, the overlaid sound of the engines changes from twin cylinder to four cylinder engines and back again. See more »
I'm going back to work.
[takes her place at the table]
Don't worry, I checked her out.
Scenario: Agent falls in love with girl. Agent runs an op. Girl gets kidnapped. The other guys want to know the agent's source. What does he do? What do they do to the girl, hmm?
Is there a point to this?
Yeah, over your right shoulder.
[seeing another agent]
Us or them?
How the fuck should I know? Does it really matter? You feel the need for a relationship? Get a dog.
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1974 ,, you had to be there, SERIOUSLY, you had to be there
... the year was 1974 and a hard-bitten journalist named Bill Granger decided to follow the trend and write yet another spy novel about a hard-bitten secret agent caught in a web of deceit. This was after all the peak of the cold war and spy themes dominated fiction, film, TV, even cartoons.
As it turned it, the November Man was well received and a number were written in the series before it finally fizzled. Critics of the day felt all were considerably above average. Granger had a knack for hard prose because of his background.
Flash forward about a quarter-century and you will find an ex-Bond lead with money in his pocket looking for projects he can continue working in, even if the process involves spending some of his own money to catch the plum roles. Which he accomplishes by buying the rights to one of the later books in the Granger Series and re-naming the project after the very first book in the series .. see? And so kind reader here we are in 2014 with a project written in the late 20th century, upgraded on a shoestring, mis-named, and spawned with the sole intention of giving its greying star a payday.
What can possibly go wrong? Just about everything. I will point out, for the record, and for skeptics, that it is possible to make something new and wonderful out of something old and dusty -- look at the Bourne Trilogy. (Which I have seen about six times, each).
But that is not what is happening here. Bereft of talent, we have a weak script that constantly stumbles over the material it is adapting, direction so lacklustre that even the action scenes appear to be in slow-motion, and a star who might just as well have phoned it in.
Brosnan never, not once, connects with his character. At best, you have an ageing Bondish character who appears to have landed in the wrong movie. And, if the central character cannot find motivation ... how can the audience?
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