The November Man
Action / Crime / Thriller
The November Man
Action / Crime / Thriller
Peter Devereaux is a former CIA agent who is asked by the man he worked for to extract a woman who is in Russia and is presently close to a man running for President, who is believed to have committed crimes during the Chechen war. She can give them the name of someone who can prove it. His friend says that she will only come to him. So he goes and she gets the info and tries to get out but the man finds out and tries to stop her.
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November 12, 2014 at 12:10 PM
A Spy is Never Out of The Game
When I first heard about the "November Man" I was exited to hear that
Pierce Brosnan would be doing another spy/action film, since its been
12 years since his last Bond adventure. But after seeing the trailer
and hearing some reviews I was afraid this would turn out to be like
Stallone's "Bullet to the Head" and be a bit of a flop.
However, "The November Man" 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. It's plot is based off of Bill Granger's "There Are No Spies"
and for the most part flows steadily throughout the run-time. My only
major gripe is that one or two scenes could have been cut out entirely
and it would not have affected anything.
There are a decent amount of action sequences in "The November Man",
mainly gunfights, fist-fights, and one or two car chases. Instead of
having a few longer and more drawn out action scenes, the film has many
short burst type scenes, no longer than 3 or 4 minutes. The camera work
and cinematography is different, but steers clear of that frustrating
shaky cam that is seen in so many modern action movies. My one and only
problem with the action was the usage of CGI blood and flares, However,
everything else is done for real, it was great to see a film that does
not rely on computers and just does stuff practically.
I did not have any issues with the performances of the cast, Brosnan,
Kurylenko, and Bracy were all believable in their parts but did not
provide anything that blew me away.
So, "The November Man" is a good spy action/thriller movie, with a
decent story packed with twists and turns, along with enticing
characters, but what sold this movie for me was it's action sequences,
that were done (for the most part) practically. I would recommend
seeing it for anyone who was a fan of Brosnan's time as 007 or just
enjoys action films.
Not as bad as some guys reviewing here are telling you
True, the plot is predictable to some degree and the movie is
definitely not Bourne or Casino Royale (2006). This doesn't mean that
is trash, though. There are lots o middle places between a master piece
and an totally awful movie.
One of the main problems is that in a couple of moments the information
is delivered in a sloppy way and this creates some momentary confusion
on the viewer. But it doesn't last long. There are also some scenes
that stretch too far the disbelief suspension that any movie of that
kind invariably asks for. But if you can look past those flaws, you
will be entertained by a movie that delivers. Brosnan does his thing,
there are good action scenes, got some decent plot twists, acting is
Don't get put off by the haters. All in all, a decent spy flick. Just
keep your expectations at a mainstream level and you won't be
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1974 ,, you had to be there, SERIOUSLY, you had to be there
... the year was 1974 and a hard-bitten journalist named Bill Granger decided to follow the trend and write yet another spy novel about a hard-bitten secret agent caught in a web of deceit. This was after all the peak of the cold war and spy themes dominated fiction, film, TV, even cartoons.
As it turned it, the November Man was well received and a number were written in the series before it finally fizzled. Critics of the day felt all were considerably above average. Granger had a knack for hard prose because of his background.
Flash forward about a quarter-century and you will find an ex-Bond lead with money in his pocket looking for projects he can continue working in, even if the process involves spending some of his own money to catch the plum roles. Which he accomplishes by buying the rights to one of the later books in the Granger Series and re-naming the project after the very first book in the series .. see? And so kind reader here we are in 2014 with a project written in the late 20th century, upgraded on a shoestring, mis-named, and spawned with the sole intention of giving its greying star a payday.
What can possibly go wrong? Just about everything. I will point out, for the record, and for skeptics, that it is possible to make something new and wonderful out of something old and dusty -- look at the Bourne Trilogy. (Which I have seen about six times, each).
But that is not what is happening here. Bereft of talent, we have a weak script that constantly stumbles over the material it is adapting, direction so lacklustre that even the action scenes appear to be in slow-motion, and a star who might just as well have phoned it in.
Brosnan never, not once, connects with his character. At best, you have an ageing Bondish character who appears to have landed in the wrong movie. And, if the central character cannot find motivation ... how can the audience?