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Films: Pierce Brosnan

A Long Way Down

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 96 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Pascal Chaumeil
  • Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette
  • UK release: 21 March 2014

When former chat show host Martin (Brosnan) makes his way to a suicide spot, he's disconcerted to find three other people there with the same idea. Chaumeil's adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel initially stumbles but it gets better, with a brilliant performance from Collette and an ultimately fitting balance between humour…

The November Man

  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 108 min
  • Directed by: Roger Donaldson
  • Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko

Ex-CIA operative Devereaux (Brosnan) comes out of retirement to rescue an old flame with information about a Russian political candidate (Ristovski). Brosnan races around mansions in a tailored suit, blowing holes in mooks without breaking a sweat; Kurylenko is spirited in an underwritten role, but it's generic sub-Bond…

The Love Punch

  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • France
  • 94 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Joel Hopkins
  • Cast: Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Tuppence Middleton
  • UK release: 18 April 2014

Richard (Brosnan) is a businessman whose company's pension fund is wiped out by a villainous banker, so he heads to Paris with ex-wife Kate (Thompson) in search of redress. Enjoyable middle-aged heist comedy, with outstanding supporting performances from Imrie and Spall as Kate and Richard's best friends.

Love Is All You Need

  • 2 stars
  • 2012
  • Denmark
  • 116 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Susanne Bier
  • Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Kim Bodnia
  • UK release: 19 April 2013

This Danish romantic comedy from Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier follows Trine Dyrholm’s Ida, a hairdresser who, having recently lost her hair following a successful bout of breast cancer treatment, discovers her husband is having an affair. Travelling to a sun-kissed Italian lemon plantation for her daughter’s…

I Don't Know How She Does It

  • 3 stars
  • 2011
  • US
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Douglas McGrath
  • Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Christina Hendricks, Olivia Munn, Busy Phillips

White collar comedy about working mum Kate (Parker) and her attempts to balance the needs of a new client at work with changing child care arrangements, jealous friends, disinterested colleagues and lecherous business associates.

The Ghost

  • 4 stars
  • 2010
  • UK
  • 127 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Roman Polanski
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall

This adaptation by Polanski and Harris of the latter's 'what if?' novel is a wintry Hitchcockian thriller in which McGregor's everyman figure – an unnamed ghostwriter offered $250 million for four weeks work – becomes embroiled in a conspiracy where nothing is quite what it seems. If this doesn't register as a major…

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

  • 2010
  • Canada/US
  • 118 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Chris Columbus
  • Cast: Logan Lerman, Brandon T Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Melina Kanakaredes, Steve Coogan, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Keener, Kevin McKidd, Joe Pantoliano, Uma Thurman, Ray Winstone

Big screen adaptation of Rick Riordan's first fantasy adventure novel featuring Greek mythology-baiting child Percy Jackson. Possible franchise? We think so.

Remember Me

  • 1 star
  • 2010
  • US
  • 112 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Allen Coulter
  • Written by: Will Fetters
  • Cast: Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, Pierce Brosnan, Martha Plimpton, Tate Ellington, Ruby Jerins

A US box-office belly flop, this overwrought drama sees 'RPatz' play rebellious rich boy Tyler Hawkins, a misfit New Yorker who unwisely gets into a punch-up with a police sergeant (Cooper). Memorable only for its crass attempt to exploit genuine tragedy for entertainment purposes.

The Greatest

  • 2 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 95 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Shana Feste
  • Written by: Shana Feste
  • Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, Carey Mulligan

Drama about a family coping with the loss of their son.

Mamma Mia!

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • UK/US
  • 108 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski

A bride-to-be tries to find out the identity of her real father in the lead up to her wedding on a Greek island. Faithful film adaptation of Broadway and West End ABBA song musical mega hit with all star cast.

Sing-a-long Mamma Mia

  • 2008
  • UK/US
  • 108 min
  • Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski

Help drown out Pierce Brosan's parts by belting along with the popular musical.

Married Life

  • 3 stars
  • 2007
  • US
  • 90 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Ira Sachs
  • Written by: Ira Sachs, Oren Moverman, Based on a novel by John Bingham
  • Cast: Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Pierce Brosnan, Rachel McAdams

1949 suburban America. As befits his business class status, mild-mannered Harry (Cooper) keeps a childless wife Pat (Clarkson) and a much younger mistress in the shape of blonde beauty Kay (McAdams). When he introduces his friend, Richard (Brosnan) to Kay, Richard is smitten. As Richard goes about trying to secretly win…

Seraphim Falls

  • 2 stars
  • 2006
  • US
  • 111 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Von Ancken
  • Written by: David Von Ancken, Abby Everett Jaques
  • Cast: Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Michael Wincott, Xander Berkeley, Tom Noonan, Kevin J O'Connor, John Robinson, Anjelica Huston

In a failed attempt at reconfiguring old blueprints, this western, set at the end of the Civil War focuses on a colonel's hunt for a man against whom he holds a grudge. And that's all there is to it, except for a bizarre metaphysical-come-scriptural subtext that is at best ambitious, and at worst unintelligible.

The Matador

  • 2005
  • US/Germany/Ireland
  • 96 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Richard Shepherd
  • Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis

When a friendless international hitman (Brosnan) meets a crestfallen businessman (Kinnear) in a bar in Mexico City, both their lives are deeply affected in unusual and deadly ways. Limp attempt to turn Hitchccock's 'Strangers on a Train' into a macabre black comedy. It doesn't work but this ambitious little film certainly…

The Tailor of Panama

  • 2001
  • US
  • 103 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Boorman
  • Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Jamie Lee Curtis

An earlier attempt at bringing John LeCarre to the big screen, this is story of a British spy banished to Panama. There he convinces a well connected tailor to act as an agent for him.

Grey Owl

  • 2000
  • UK/USA
  • 118 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Richard Attenborough
  • Written by: William Nicholson
  • Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Annie Galipeau

Back in 1937, when Lord Attenborough was just a wee lad in shorts, he saw a wildlife lecture given by the half Scottish, half native Canadian Indian Archie Grey Owl. Such was the impression that this charismatic trapper-turned-environmentalist made on the young boy ­ and audiences throughout Britain and Canada, where he…

Mars Attacks!

  • 3 stars
  • 1996
  • US
  • 106 min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Tim Burton
  • Cast: Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker

Take some 50s alien invasion films, add the star bodycount of 70s disaster movies, round it off with the weird imagination of Tim Burton, and you have this expensive sci-fi spoof. The ETs literally are little green men, wreaking havoc on earth while disparate bunches of humans fight back. Good gags, great design and…

GoldenEye

  • 1995
  • UK, US
  • 130 min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Martin Campbell
  • Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco
  • UK release: 24 November 1995

Making his debut as James Bond, Pierce Brosnan’s slick secret agent teams up with the sole survivoe of a destroyed Russian research lab to prevent a nuclear space weapon falling into the wrong hands. To save the world, Agent 007 finds himself going head-to-head with Sean Bean’s insidious 006, a fellow agent he thought…

Mrs Doubtfire

  • 3 stars
  • 1993
  • US
  • 125 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Chris Columbus
  • Cast: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Lisa Jakub, Matthew Lawrence, Mara Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein

Separated from his wife and kids, out-of-work voice actor Daniel Hillard (Williams) dons make-up and body-padding to become a sexagenarian nanny. Another top-notch comic performance by Williams, who makes the most of his split personality zest without becoming overly sentimental. Hugely enjoyable and well pitched with…

Taffin

  • 1988
  • Ireland
  • 96 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Francis Megahy
  • Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Ray MacAnally, Alison Doody

An Irish hard man is asked by his local community to keep out developers hoping to build a chemical plant in their city.