November Man is a very good movie, compared to other movies in the genre. But lets face it, the spi-thriller genre is heavily littered with disappointments. Being better than average in this genre isn’t a steep hill to climb.
I happen to enjoy this genre pretty well. Thinking back to fairly recent movies I’d say the first Bourne Identity movie is about as good as it gets. (Did Bourne really come out 12 years ago? Eeeek!) Bourne doesn’t have a lot of company at the top of the heap, but November Man is worthy of the second tier below Bourne.
The hardest thing for movies in this genre to achieve is a surprising plot twist — because it’s all been done. The next best thing is to drop enough clues for the audience to anticipate the plot twist before the characters discover it. They did a decent job of that.
I was most impressed with the pacing of the story. It never felt like it was dragging, nor did it feel like they were unnecessarily compressing. Bonus that the action scenes don’t go on too long — a common problem in this genre.
I would have liked it if they could have injected a little more humor but at least they didn’t try and fail.
Another thumbs up that should be mentioned is that a lot of people in this movie have accents but they always did a great job of delivering their lines so that they could be understood. I hate it when I’m watching a movie and someone says something important that is indecipherable.
If you really want to get out and see a movie then this is a pretty good movie. But you’d probably enjoy it just as much at home when it’s on DVD.
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