The November Man (2014)

  • Time: 108 min
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Director: Roger Donaldson
  • Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko, Will Patton, Luke Bracey


Code named ‘The November Man’, Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who has been enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. When Devereaux is lured out of retirement for one last mission, he must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier. He soon uncovers this assignment marks him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason. With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred.


  • When I first viewed the trailer for “The November Man”, I thought it looked average and kind of like a straight to DVD movie. So my girlfriend and I were looking for a movie to watch and I suggested this and went in with low/average expectations. I must say, I was surprised by the movie and how entertaining and thrilling it was.

    First things first, Pierce Brosnan proves he still has that charisma and flair which most people seen when he played James Bond, he brings that same level of personality to the role and is just pure bad ass and cool as “The November Man”. I felt the actors all did a wonderful job from Luke Bracey as the cocky, young, and easy to hate protégé to the smoking hot Olga Kurylenko. The story may seem predictable and simple, but is still intriguing,thrilling and provides for some edge of the seat excitement. The action comes fast, bloody and unexpectedly. The scenes are shot with crisp and it will invigorate your adrenaline rush for all the action junkies out there. Like many of the reviews have pointed out, the story takes some twists and turns which may leave the viewer confused. It still provides an above average, edge of your seat, action thriller.

    Overall, a decent popcorn flick that will surely entertain. It has a little bit of everything. Action, suspense, thrills, drama, humor and is surprisingly quite entertaining. It will surely make you gasp or jump at least once!

  • Great espionage film, perfect for a retired James Bond (Similar to Sean Connery’s last “unofficial” Bond movie, Never say never again). Pierce Brosnan does not look aged at all as he brings the action to this film. I always defend the old guys in Expendables stating I hope to look half as good as they do at their age, but Pierce prove to be far more impressive as a believable old timer CIA agent, who still got what it takes to effectively play the spy game. The espionage story is not complex, but there are a lot of elements to it that make for interesting twist & turns. Plus the filmmakers did a good job of blending all the main characters stories together to make a movie you never get lost in. Except when it comes to the brilliant action sequences which you get lost in in the best way possible. Thank you Pierce, you don’t need to prove to me your my favorite Bond, and yet you made a movie that does just that.

  • When I first heard about “The November Man” I was exited to hear that Pierce Brosnan would be doing another spy/action film, since it’s been 12 years since his last Bond adventure.
    This film is not only a very exiting spy movie, but also is an entertaining action movie as well. It has a perfect blend of slow burn espionage and gritty fight sequences that earn the film its R rating. The espionage story is not complex, but there are a lot of elements to it that make for interesting twist & turns. Plus the filmmakers did a good job of blending all the main characters stories together to make a movie you never get lost in. Pierce Brosnan is great; he could play this role eyes closed. Olga Kurylenko is good as well, you grow some sympathy for her character and the movie takes on a completely different meaning when you realised certain things about her. Brosnan’s protegee starring Luke Bracey is pretty cool as well and I think this guy’s got a future.
    ‘The November Man’ is such a fun movie and shows Pierce Brosnan has still got it for now. Definitely a worth seeing, two thumbs up!

  • The November Man 4.5/10- I will be honest, I saw this movie because there was nothing else to see. I was not thrilled to see this film because like most of you thought, it looks like they are just trying to make it look like an old-new James Bond movie. Believe me, Pierce Brosnan, while he may have played James Bond, plays a character much different than his world-famous role. While it may have some flaws, especially in the plot, The November Man delivers on being a solid action-thriller that gives you just enough to keep you entertained.

    My biggest problem with the film is how it never really gives a solid basis of the the main character’s personality and the basis for his actions. A message is being driven out about how he is not a hero in some scenes, but then does all of the heroic actions in other scenes. You never get a sense of what kind of guy Agent Devereaux is. The problems most people had with the movie are probably the confusing plot. What I’m saying is, it takes the film a while before the audience finally knows what’s going on and what the objective is. These two flaws are the only real things that bugged me and most other people in the theater. The two flaws though do not keep you from enjoying the movie.

    There is not exactly anything extraordinary The November Man accomplishes, but there are a couple things that it did well. Mainly, the well-crafted intense scenes.

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  • Would you like a sterilized, stylistic R rated version of a Bourne movie? Or a condensed, exceedingly more violent version of a Bond flick? Or Taken? Or better yet, do you prefer your action sequences as the movie equivalency of red meat, right off the bone? Well, you’ll surely dig 2014’s The November Man. Truth be told, I had moderately low expectations going in to see it. After all, this rogue thriller hit theaters in late August where most films are part of your everyday, end-of-the-season scrap heap. Dare I say though that it ranks as the most profoundly surprising release of the summer.

    Shot by the guy who brought you 2003’s The Recruit, showcasing an almost unrecognizable Will Patton (taking on a more serious role here as opposed to stuff like Armageddon and Gone in 60 Seconds), and featuring enough cell phone interplay to boost sales for Verizon Wireless, The November Man is based on a novel entitled There Are No Spies by Bill Granger. The proceedings begin with retired ex-CIA agent Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan). He lives a quiet, stress free life until he is immediately brought out of retirement. His mission: to watch over a witness (Mila Filapova played by the stunning Olga Kurylenko) who was sexually assaulted and who’s family was murdered during the Chechen War. Along with this current plight, Brosnan’s Devereaux must also dodge his ex-CIA protege (David Mason played by Luke Bracey) sent to hunt him down and prevent a despicable foreign president (Lazar Ristovski playing President Arkady Fedorov) from being elected again.

    Things to watch for if you decide to take in a viewing of “November”: a scene where Pierce Brosnan’s character knocks out two suspicious dudes and wraps them in cellophane with little straws to breathe through, a scene in which a fancy car is intentionally crashed (going 80+ miles an hour) giving new meaning to the term, “don’t forget to buckle up”, and a solid use of lush locales via the countries of Montenegro and Serbia

    Now The November Man with its obvious intentions to avoid anything tongue-in-cheek, is willfully directed by Ronald Donaldson. He serves up plenty of gruesome, vilified action with blood that flows red aplenty. There are lots of gunfights, stabbings, and beatings that are meant to shock an audience. He stages violence as a virtuoso, a sort of symphony conductor who takes on multiple movements. There’s a slickness, a hollowness, and an emptiness to what’s on screen. Basically, everything feels like it’s out of Luc Besson’s playbook. But here’s the thing: Donaldson does Besson better than Besson does Besson (and that’s a good thing).

    In the arena of casting, it’s obvious that Brosnan is a little too old and worn down to currently play 007. But that’s okay because his performance here is similar yet better than anything he’s ever done in a Bond film. Pierce must have had a chip on his shoulder after not getting asked to return to that long running film series. The result: he comes back with a vengeance. He’s badder, nastier, colder, and more hard edged than he ever was as the famed super spy. In a nutshell, his Peter Devereaux (aka The November Man) could beat the snot out of Jimmy boy and then some. Even though Brosnan has always had strong physical gifts as an actor (he looks believable holding a gun, he uses his hands well which in turn is an effective tool for acting, and he has a pretty cool movie “walk”), I always thought he was kinda wimpy in the role that he inhabited from 1995 to 2002. With The November Man, he’s ticked off and overacts a bit, but he gets a chance to play a Bond type in a more gritty, more adult-themed setting. His days playing the suave British Secret Service agent may be over but being James Bond is like being president anyway. Sooner or later, you have to hand the baton over after one or two terms.

    All and all, throughout its relatively short running time of an hour and 48 minutes, The November Man is humorless, witless, and devoid of any true human compassion. Frankly, it doesn’t have time for these sort of shenanigans. This action thriller is all about business. Initially while viewing it, I wanted to rename it “November Rain” (no pun intended on the 1992 Guns N’ Roses ditty). The plot at times, seems all wet. There were way too many characters, too many jumbled story lines, and you couldn’t differentiate the good guys from the bad guys. Thankfully, director Roger Donaldson masks this notion by keeping the viewer intrigued and interested anyway. This vehicle is extremely fast paced with lightning quick editing. Once things reach their heightened, staggering conclusion (with a twist I didn’t see coming), all the plot puzzle pieces seem to come together just fine. As for its grizzled up, weathered star, all I gotta say is welcome back Pierce Brosnan. You’re better off in this world than in the Bond world any day.

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