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Saturday, August 15, 2015

November Man

Olga Kurylenko as Alice Fournier / Mira Filipova.
The dress ends about 3 pixels below the bottom of the frame.
Mira pretends to be a hooker to gain access to General Bad Guy. Nothing like long legs and a micro-dress to get a red-blooded man's attention. She certainly got mine. I tried to find a good picture that showed the whole ensemble, but no luck. I even scanned through the movie again, and there isn't a single shot that shows her face, this dress and her legs. Well, there are, but there is always something in the way, like a potted plant or a bannister, or her head is out of the frame or her back is to the camera. But the moving images leave no doubt that she is the goddess of sex incarnate.
    Besides this obvious highlight, it's not a bad movie. The plot is just complicated enough to make it interesting. We've got obvious villains on both sides, though the obvious villain isn't necessarily the real villain. Plus there's all the normal spy stuff: double dealing, sneaking around while being within a hair's breadth of being caught and gun fights. Our hero, Pierce, makes clever use of cells phones.
    Where did they get the title (I mean, besides from the book series)? Here:
Hanley: Know what we used to call you Peter? The November Man. Cause after you passed through, nothing lived. You were one bleak motherfucker my friend.
The big picture plot is that General Bad Guy enlisted the CIA to bomb a building full of Russians in Chechnya, which gave Russia a pretext for starting the 2nd Chechen war, which regained them access to Chechen oil. Couldn't find any corroborating evidence of this. Wikipedia makes it sound like another case of the Islamo-Fascists trying to spread their version of the gospel.

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