Movie Review: The November Man

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Pierce Brosnan is back this time as a member of the CIA in The November Man. A seasoned and highly effective operative we open with the last assignment he did before he retired. As Peter Devereaux working with a young sniper David Mason (Luke Bracey) who is still being assessed. Of course things don’t go as planned, while the person they are protecting survives there is collateral damage attributed to the younger partners unwillingness to follow orders.

Luke Bracey as Mason in The November Man

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Five years later Devereaux is reactivated for an extraction op. When the women he’s set to extract Natalia is killed on orders from command he decides to take everyone involved while playing a cat & mouse game with his former apprentice David. While tracking down the people who murdered Natalia we are let in on the bigger conspiracy. The November Man has all the usual elements. Former boss and good friend Hanley (Bill Smitrovich) who send him on the mission but still takes orders from the person about his head back in Langley. The plot circles around a mystery girl named Mira. Lazar Ristovski plays Arkady Federov a very powerful Russian diplomat who is a lock to be named the next president of Russia. Apparently he took a teen girl as a prize back when he was a general, unknown to him she could understand Russian and knows all his secrets. Mira disappeared 3 years ago and is believed to be dead but her existence and anyone who may know about her are quietly being exterminated. We even have a tough as nails female assassin (Amila Terzimehic). She’s the one who’s been killing off anyone who would know about Federov’s past and she ends up on the trail of a reporter and Mira’s former caseworker Alice (Olga Kurylenko). Devereaux goes from not only avenging Natalia’s death but protecting Alice until he can figure out exactly what Federov is trying to hide which Natalia knew about and died trying to deliver the info about. Between staying ahead of Federov’s assassin, toying with Mason and taking out who killed Natalia its a rather busy but shockingly organized plot.

Pierce Brosnan and Olga Kurylenko  in The November Man

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The November Man is an appealing enough spy flick with the action being well paced and explosive enough to keep you engaged. Thankfully the story isn’t too weak. While its a very textbook as it proceeds along the story because of the espionage, double-cross other twists and turns, one of the many twists in the 3rd act was something even I didn’t see coming. While entertaining its not overly spectacular. Pierce Brosnan continues to get finer with age and seeing him in the spy game again was good enough for me.

My Rating: Matinee
Director: Roger Donaldson
Studio: Relativity Media
Release Date: August 27, 2014
Run time: 108 minutes
MPAA Rating: R