For today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, I wanted to check out a flick that starred Pierce Brosnan (Goldeneye) in the ever popular world of taking old stars and making them action stars (e.g. Liam Neeson in Taken, Denzel Washington in The Equalizer, and Sean Penn in The Gunman). Brosnan plays ex-CIA Agent Devereaux, a man who was considered one of the best agents. He gets pulled back into the game when someone close to him gets into a little trouble when they are in the middle of a cover up that can harm a Russians chances at the presidency and a high level CIA operatives career. Devereaux will have to do whatever it takes to protect the key in all of this mess in the form of a woman named Alice (Olga Kurylenko). The film also stars Luke Bracey (Point Break) as Mason, Bill Smitrovich (Ted) as Hanley, Amila Terzimehic (So Hot Was The Canon) as Alexa, Lazar Ristovski (Underground) as Federov, Mediha Musliovic (Twice Born) as Natalia, Eliza Taylor (The 100) as Sarah, Will Patton (Remember The Titans) as Perry Weinstein, Patrick Kennedy (Atonement) as Edgar Simpson, and the film was directed by Roger Donaldson (The Ban Job). Before we get into the review, let’s check out some stats:
Let’s get right into the review of the stats for this film that almost resembles a Bond film in the sense that Brosnan is an agent again. He has about 23 kills/knockouts and no origin story to speak of. He does have a love interest in the film and she ends up dying which is what sends him on a collision course with destiny as brings forth fury upon those who wronged him and he does defeat the big boss, but you’ll have to see how. It’s a film that deals with the CIA which can only mean one thing and that is that there is a lot of double crossing going on and this has plenty of twists. While Pierce doesn’t go completely bad ass like Washington or Neeson, he still brings the goods and reminds us why he was a good James Bond. The film has plenty of action, while as I described above makes you think as well because it also a game of chess between master and pupil. It also helps that the film has a beautiful woman like Olga Kurylenko who starred in a Bond film herself (Quantum Of Solace). Let’s see how many more of these Hollywood will make or how many other older stars will turn into action badasses like the original Charles Bronson (e.g. Death Wish). The film is currently available on Netflix and you should check it out. I am going to give the movie 3.8 fists out of five for a final grade.