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
Daniel Craig was originally cast to play Devereaux, but director Roger Donaldson had to recast at the last minute due to Craig's other commitments. By this point, Donaldson was so keen to have a "Bond" play this darker role, he tried to get Sir Sean Connery, but he was too old to run around. Pierce Brosnan heard about this and approached him, saying he "can play it dark", and even started drinking again to get into character. Donaldson was impressed with his dedication and cast him. The film was a runaway success, and there were rumors that a sequel, "December's Child" would be made. See more »
Devereaux's fingernails are badly chewed, but the fingers that scroll through the phone left by Natalia after she was killed are well-manicured. 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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Best Pierce Brosnan 007 that never was.
Very slick, quite harsh and brutal in parts, and sustains suspense throughout; however, still essentially nearly totally predictable as it is built around a plot and stereotypical characters that have been done a thousand times before.
From a political point-of-view, it wouldn't be unreasonable at all to consider this movie well-polished anti-Russian propaganda, although I'm not super bothered by this, since I'm not a big fan of mother Russian right now anyhow.
Pushes all of the right emotional buttons appropriate to a male fantasy of supreme macho competence. Pierce Brosnan plays a better and more realistic 007 than he ever did in any actual Bond film, insofar as you can use the term realistic with a film like this. He seems to have aged well into this kind of role. Now maybe we should dump the dour and pretentious Craig and return to Brosnan as an older, but better and wiser agent On Her Majesty's Secret Service (just an idea folks).
For what this film intends to be, I think it succeeds very well, so I' rating it pretty highly, although ultimately there is nothing here to really make you think. If you're looking for a pretty relentless but not utterly ridiculous action movie, you might want to give this a shot.
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