With a late August release date and very little fanfare, my expectations going into this movie were exceedingly low. Having suffered through my share of mediocre, grade-B horror films recently, it was with much trepidation that I made my way into the theatre. Perhaps it was partially due to my lowered expectation, but once the film began I found myself pleasantly surprised.
I went in with some expectations: that it would be Old Bond training New Bond, or similar. And in some ways, that expectation was right. But The November Man is more of a cross between the first Mission: Impossible movie and the original The Mechanic. With a hell of a lot of Bond in there, too, of course.
When I first heard that Marvel was adding Guardians of the Galaxy to their Cinematic Universe lineup, my initial reaction was along the lines of “What the… huh?” Even after I’d recovered a few bruised synapses, I couldn’t figure where they’d go with that.
Then the first trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy started appearing on Marvel’s YouTube page… despite my initial misgivings, I was hooked, and I knew I needed to see this movie.
The selling points of this film for genre fans are obvious. It is a pleasure to see Karen Gillan on screen playing a character different from Amy Pond, and Katee Sackhoff pulls off a role that is haunting with some genuine shock value. The characters are introduced in a manner that is intriguing, and we quickly find ourselves wanting to know what happened and where the story is heading.