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Language: English
Category: Movie / Action / Crime / Thriller
Original Title: The November Man
Director: Roger Donaldson
Writers: Michael Finch,Karl Gajdusek
Released: 2014
Budget: $15,000,000
Duration: 1h 48min
Video type: Movie
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.


Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan Pierce Brosnan - Peter Devereaux
Luke Bracey Luke Bracey - David Mason
Olga Kurylenko Olga Kurylenko - Alice Fournier
Bill Smitrovich Bill Smitrovich - Hanley
Amila Terzimehic Amila Terzimehic - Alexa
Lazar Ristovski Lazar Ristovski - Arkady Federov
Mediha Musliovic Mediha Musliovic - Natalia Ulanova
Eliza Taylor Eliza Taylor - Sarah
Caterina Scorsone Caterina Scorsone - Celia
Akie Kotabe Akie Kotabe - Meyers
Will Patton Will Patton - Perry Weinstein (as William Patton)
Patrick Kennedy Patrick Kennedy - Edgar Simpson
Dragan Marinkovic Dragan Marinkovic - Denisov
Ben Willens Ben Willens - Agent Jones
Milos Timotijevic Milos Timotijevic - Federov's Chief of Staff

In the film's source novel, the central setting was Berlin, Germany, but Pierce Brosnan stated that it was too expensive to film there, so the key shooting locale was changed to Belgrade, Serbia.

The birth date stated in Peter Devereaux's (Pierce Brosnan's) file, May 16, 1953, is Brosnan's real-life birth date.

Luke Bracey replaced Bradley Cooper in the role of David Mason.

Daniel Craig was originally cast to play Devereaux, but Director Roger Donaldson had to re-cast at the last minute, due to Craig's other commitments. By this point, Donaldson was so keen to have a "Bond" play this darker role, he tried to get Sir Sean Connery, but he was too old to run around. Pierce Brosnan heard about this and approached him, saying "he can play it dark", and even started drinking again to get himself into character. Donaldson was impressed with his dedication and cast him. The film was a run away success, and there have been rumors that the sequel, "December's Child" is soon to be made.

The name of the piece of music that Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko) plays part of is "Gnossienne No. 3" by Erik Satie. Kurylenko studied piano for seven years when she was a child.

The movie is notable for starring three cast members from the James Bond film franchise. Pierce Brosnan played James Bond in 007: Kuldsilm (1995), 007: Igavene homne (1997), 007: Liiga kitsas maailm (1999), and 007: Surra veel üks päev (2002); Olga Kurylenko was in 007: Veidi lohutust (2008); and Lazar Ristovski was in 007: Casino Royale (2006).

The promenade in Lausanne, Switzerland was filmed in the small village Perast, Montenegro.

Pierce Brosnan and Roger Donaldson previously worked together on Dante mäetipp (1997).

The film was released twenty-seven years after its source novel "There Are No Spies" by Bill Granger was published.

A couple of months prior to the film's release date, Relativity Media, most likely due to the mild success of their other spy film before 3 Days to Kill (2014), wanted to edit the film down to a PG-13 to get a broad audience that wouldn't have to wait for DVD or sneak in to watch it. But due to the film's violence, language, and mature content, the film was released with an R-rating for its U.S. theatrical release.

The acronym "F.S.B." stands for the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation.

A sign reading "Choomich District" is visible in one scene. This is the design district of Belgrade.

The movie had no shortage of edge-of-your-seat action, so both the stunt and the special effects team were kept busy on-set. Award winning Stunt Coordinator Mark Mottram, who had previously worked with Pierce Brosnan on three of his Bond films, also served as his stunt double. Mottram had a core team of four, which included two additional stunt doubles, a stunt rigger, and a stunt utility bike, and car specialist. Some scenes were so elaborate, that thirty Serbian and Russian stuntmen joined the British team, particularly for car chases which required real precision driving through the often narrow streets of Belgrade, Serbia. The stunt team also worked with the cast members to rehearse and perfect fight scenes, as well as dropping off high balconies and simulating the impact of explosions and gunshots.

One of the more complex and tricky effects sequence to pull off required a van exploding ten meters from the nearest building, while Pierce Brosnan and Luke Bracey had to walk away unharmed. The vehicle was rigged to have two carefully timed detonations, one on each side, and for the sake of safety, the vehicle was fixed so that no debris flew off. The explosion was rigged to blow twice. In the film, it's caused by Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) cutting a fuel line, and shooting into the car to set it off, so the power of the blast not only needed to lift the car, but also cause a fireball. This set-up involved two stuntmen, as C.I.A. Agents, approaching the car, so accurately estimating the reach of the flames was vital.

The video game being played by a group of people in the café, is the popular game called Heroes of Newerth (2010), which is a M.O.B.A. game.

Bill Granger had created his characters expertly in print, but a major script breakthrough came by raising Peter Devereaux's protégé, Mason (who is played by Luke Bracey), from a supporting to a lead role, and making the film a two-hander for him and Devereaux. Co-Screenwriter Karl Gajdusek said of this film: "The whole point of adapting the story for the screen was to give image and voice to the rich characters that Granger created. In Devereaux, it was about staying true to Granger, and in Mason we found the vehicle to update for the times."

With a plot that involves a systematic and brutal manhunt, and lots of fast paced action, there were many filming locations used all over Belgrade. These included one of the city's main markets, train stations, cafés, restaurants, alleys, and a parking lot. The production was also highly privileged in being able to use some of the Belgrade's grand landmarks, such as The White Palace, the Serbian Parliament Building, City Hall, and Belgrade Fortress. Filming also took place in private apartments using and building upon much of what was already there to achieve a sense of a real Belgrade home.

The reunion of Roger Donaldson and Pierce Brosnan was a welcomed one. Brosnan said: "I worked with Roger on Dante mäetipp (1997) and had the most wonderful time. He's a good friend, and somebody whom I deeply admire and respect. He knows the story, and how to keep the drama of a scene. His instincts for the emotional beats are so well founded, because he invests so much of himself into it."

It was Executive Producer Dino Conte who first put The November Man book series in front of Producer Beau St. Clair. Written from the late 1970s onwards, the thirteen books offered a strong, complex, and intriguing central protagonist in Peter Devereaux, a man operating within nail bitingly realistic scenarios of the time, and surrounded by characters who, in turn, present of the best and worst of human nature in a world of international power broking, deception, trade off, and self interest. Also, the Cold War backdrop of Granger's books could convincingly be updated to reflect the current political climate .

Producer Beau St. Clair optioned the rights to the novel "There Are No Spies", which is book number seven in the spy series of novels written by Bill Granger. It was not only perfect for film adaptation, but by this stage in the series, protagonist Peter Devereaux has become a more mature, experienced and questioning man, and having withdrawn from active service, needs some powerful persuasion to re-enter the game.

As source novelist Bill Granger's original book series was based around the Cold War, and the history of that time, co-Screenwriters Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek felt an update was necessary. Finch said: "We needed to bring the story into the present, which meant finding geography and politics that resonated with the current geopolitical world. The story that we used as the heart for our script, is a present-day story, but it calls back in plot and revelations to the era of the Cold War, and some of the terrible seeds that were planted then."

Even though most of the film's action is done through physical stunts, special effects were used for slightly trickier set-ups; specifically, two impressive vehicle explosions and a car crash. As there were no rehearsal explosions, Special Effects Supervisor Jason Troughton and his special effects team had to work closely with Roger Donaldson to ensure that he got everything he needed from one take.

When Beau St. Clair first considered making an espionage thriller back in 2008, she knew that she would have to find something really exceptional to entice Pierce Brosnan back into the role of a spy. Neither she nor Brosnan, her co-founder and partner in their production company, Irish DreamTime, wanted to tread old ground. Brosnan had long ago made his mark on audiences playing the ultimate "fantasy spy", the suave and sophisticated James Bond in four films. "The spy genre is a great one; it's been good to me", said Brosnan. "It's a genre that is much loved and when you get it right, it's a great night at the cinema." But what was wanted now, was more contemporary, a spy for our times, a man working in the real world, and taking on recognizably current issues, all while being tracked by his protégé.

Olga Kurylenko has the distinction of working with two actors who have played James Bond in two espionage pictures. She played opposite Pierce Brosnan in this movie, and Daniel Craig in 007: Veidi lohutust (2008).

Although the movie was originally scripted for shooting in Berlin, Germany, costs for filming there led the producers to consider other locations, and Producer Sriram Das found himself visiting many of Eastern Europe's capital cities. His visit to Belgrade, Serbia in 2012 proved to be a complete revelation. The beautiful and cosmopolitan city had rarely been showcased in international films before, and the range of locations offered, together with the generous cooperation of the city and Serbian government, was almost unheard of. Added to this, an established film industry meant high quality and experienced crew right on their doorstep.

Pierce Brosnan is well known for playing James Bond. This movie features the setting of Montenegro, which was used in 007: Casino Royale (2006), the first Bond film that was made after Brosnan's tenure.

The movie's script took around five years to reach completion, and the next step was to find the right director to do it justice. Pierce Brosnan's suggestion of Roger Donaldson as director proved to be a popular choice. The actor had previously worked with Donaldson on Dante mäetipp (1997), and Donaldson is much admired for his action films and political thrillers. When shown the script, Donaldson leapt at the chance to bring it to the screen. Donaldson said: "I was first attracted to the script, because I discovered it to be something out of the ordinary, and felt I could make a suspenseful entertaining film from it.The opportunity to collaborate with Pierce Brosnan again made it all the more appealing, as I knew Pierce would inhabit the character of Peter Devereaux like no one else could."

According to her driver's license, Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko) was born in Bucharest, Romania, who is a neighbor with Kurylenko's birthplace, Ukraine.

Roger Donaldson was so impressed by Belgrade, that he immediately saw it as a very real and tangible character in the film, and set out to take advantage of the rich variety and texture the city backdrop offered. The aim became to dispel the image of a grey and depressing ex-Communist metropolis, and to present the city as it really is: colorful, vibrant, and with a hugely mixed and often unique cultural and architectural palette.

The film's source novel is the seventh novel in "The November Man" book series. Pierce Brosnan used to play James Bond Agent 007.

In this movie, Pierce Brosnan protects a girl, named Natalia Ulanova (Mediha Musliovic). In 007: Kuldsilm (1995), Pierce Brosnan also protected a girl with a similarly spelled first name, Natalya (Izabella Scorupco).

The nickname of Peter Devereaux was The November Man.

Peter Devereaux is a man who is not only forced back into battle, but everything, seems to unfortunately come full circle when his one-time protégé is on the hunt for him. This complex character was a great fit for Pierce Brosnan, who Executively Produced the project and said: "For me it seemed like a great idea. As an actor, you go on gut instinct and intuition most of the time, but Bill Granger's work is really solid. Devereaux is very well defined, and the writers thoroughly invested in every nuance of the book. Audiences love this genre, and when it has heart, a real real real sense of human drama, and great action scenes, then you hope you have a good film."

Roger Donaldson admired Pierce Brosnan's rich history in film, particular, the spy genre, and felt Brosnan did an amazing job bringing the complex character of Peter Devereaux to life. Donaldson said: "In this film, Pierce plays a much tougher, harder, ruthless, alienated character, and I think it really gives him something to get his teeth into, and I don't think I've seen Pierce be any way nearly as good he is in this film."

Not only did Roger Donaldson get to work with some of the best talent that Hollywood had to offer, he also had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people along the way. Donaldson said: "I enjoyed making this film on-location in Serbia and Montenegro. Working with an extraordinary crew from all over the world, in incredible places, and with our talented cast, this turned out to be one of the most interesting and enjoyable experiences of my directing career."

The movie's production notes declared that until now, few spy films have delved this far into the deep, gritty and realistic world of international espionage. Pierce Brosnan said: "People love this genre, especially when it has heart, a sense of human drama and intrigue, mixed in with the great violence and storytelling." The press kit then stated: "The action, explosions, and car chases are only some of the many reasons why The November Man is the spy film that audiences have been waiting for."

Fifth of six movie collaborations (to date, September 2016) of Pierce Brosnan and Fight Choreographer and Stunt Coordinator Mark Mottram. The others being I.T. (2016), Evelyn (2002), 007: Surra veel üks päev (2002), 007: Igavene homne (1997), and 007: Liiga kitsas maailm (1999).

David Mason (Luke Bracey) shares the name of the lead protagonist in Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012), who's also working for the CIA.

Despite the film's title, it premiered in August, and not November.

As the production was filming in digital, the latest anamorphic lenses were used to soften and bring volume to the images. The effect is similar to 35mm camera lenses used around thirty years ago, and seemed entirely appropriate for a film that harkens back to a Cold War style. One visual effect was achieved for some scenes by using "tilt and shift" lenses, which created out-of-focus areas to create a slightly dreamlike quality. But in a film that is so fast moving and action based, much Steadicam was used, as well as car and quad-bike mounted camera rigs. One scene saw Cinematographer Romain Lacourbas riding backwards on the back of a motorcycle to get the required sense of speed and immediacy needed for a car chase. As for all the C.I.A. drone tracking shots, they were filmed by drones flying overhead, and tracking the cast members through busy streets and markets. Lacourbas said: "Audiences no longer care so much about camera shake and changing angles in action sequences, but they want to feel that they are really inside the action, so we used lots of different ways to get the audience right into the heart of everything."

This movie was released in cinemas in the same year as numerous other spy, espionage, intelligence, and secret agent movies, with a couple of them also comedies. The movies include Spioon (2015) (a Bond spoof); 007: Spectre (2015); Sicario (2015) (F.B.I.; which has a title which is almost an anagram of Ian Fleming's "Risico" (1960) James Bond short story, bar the letter "A"); Survivor (2015) starring Pierce Brosnan; Must missa (2015) (F.B.I.); Mortdecai (2015) (has an MI5 Agent lead character); Queen of the Desert (2015) (central character was a World War I attaché to the British Secret Service); the Bondian Furious Seven (2015); Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) (which shot in three of the same countries as 007: Spectre (2015): Austria, England, and Morocco); Steven Spielberg's Spioonide sild (2015) (a cold war espionage thriller); Koodnimi U.N.C.L.E. (2015) (Ian Fleming was an original co-creator); MI-5 (2015); and even Kingsman: Salateenistus (2014) (a Bondesque homage), a 2014 film, but which was mostly widely theatrically released in 2015. Also, in theaters in 2015 from 2014, was Pierce Brosnan and 007: Veidi lohutust (2008)'s Olga Kurylenko in Novembrimees (2014); and the heavily Oscar nominated World War II espionage film, Imiteerimismäng (2014). First released in 2014 were 3 Days to Kill (2014) and Jack Ryan: Variagent (2014).

Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek started with a considerable amount of research and development. Not only did they read all thirteen of Bill Granger's books to get into the heads of the key characters, but they also looked at the political realities of the 1980s, when the author was writing the book, to compare, and then update to where we are today in an exciting way.

Pierce Brosnan said of this movie: "I think it's extremely relevant. The world we live in congealed now with secrets and politicians, and they're jockeying for power on the global stage, the geopolitical situation is very volatile." While based around their current times, spy films of the past have been based in the fantastic; impossible gadgets, cars that can drive into the water, and time bombs with digital clocks. This is the real spy film that is long overdue. It is gritty, it is real, and it tackles issues that are relevant in our day and age. It places the audiences into the life of an actual spy, and tracks as he must outsmart and out maneuver his targets.

Production Designer Kevin Kavanaugh said of this movie's making: "We really wanted to mix it up, and not just stick with one style, so we used a lot of different 'character' buildings, different color palettes, and a mix of the old and new for dressing the sets. Detail is everything, even if the audience doesn't spot it, the actors need to be working in a set that feels authentic, and with Director of Photography Romain Lacourbas' influence, we had many different lighting schemes too. So I came up with as much variety as I could, and that was a direct influence of Belgrade itself. We had the city as a huge backlot, and it's an incredibly appealing place to shoot."

There is a similarity between this movie and 007: Kuldsilm (1995). In that movie, Brosnan doesn't follow orders from Sean Bean. In this movie, orders given by Brosnan are not followed by David Mason (Luke Bracey).

Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek came on-board to work on the script, and Producer Beau St. Clair started looking for a like-minded independent producer to work with her, from script development to screen development, to screen release. She found him in Sriram Das of Das Films . He said: "When Beau and Pierce first approached me with the concept, I was firstly really drawn to the idea of Pierce's to return to an action thriller, which he's not done for a while now, and I also loved the take which writers were working on for the story. The finished script works so well, it really retains the essence of Granger's work, while updating it to a modern setting."

Of the central character of Peter Devereux, Beau St. Clair said: "Devereaux's not trying to save the world, he's a guy who knows exactly what he sees, what the game is and everyone sees, what the game is and everybody's agenda is. But he thinks that maybe can keep things a little more in balance. It's not where the whole scenario world is going to explode, and there's only one man who can save it. So our sensibility is much more what the real world is about."

Pierce Brosnan portrayed James Bond in four movies. This movie was released in the 40th Anniversary year of 007: Mees kuldse relvaga (1974), which starred Sir Roger Moore as James Bond.

This is not the first movie in which Pierce Brosnan's character loses a woman, for whom he cares, in a fleeing car ride. In Dante mäetipp (1997), his loved one dies early in the movie from a volcano fragment to the head. In this movie, seventeen minutes in, Natalia (Mediha Musliovic) gets shot and killed by a sniper, leaving Brosnan mourning her death. Both movies were directed by Roger Donaldson.

Olga Kurylenko's character, "Camille", in 007: Veidi lohutust (2008) also tries to avenge her family (her father) by killing General Medrano. Just like Alice, her character in this movie, when trying to kill Arkady Federov, who shot her family dead. This makes at least two movies in which Olga's character has killed, or tried to kill, for vengeance.

Reviews: [25]

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    The last film I saw Brosnan in - Love Punch - was almost as bad as Mama Mia. What was he thinking? Apart from Daniel Craig, I like him as the best 007. So, having read some of the reviews on IMDb I had very low expectations.

    However, this is a good film if you like Brosnan as the secret agent. I don't understand why some reviewers don't get the story. It's pretty simple to follow even though the end is half expected. He is gritty enough (just) with the couple of scenes of him drinking not quite making the cut. The action scenes were quite good and Olga Kurylenko added the eye candy.

    So, I disagree with the haters. This is definitely worth a watch.
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    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.
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    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 average...

    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 disappointed.
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    Pierce Brosnan puts his James Bond persona to bed with this film. I've been off Brosnan in the last couple of years since Bond, though he's a brave actor and has tried various roles. This one puts him firmly back in the action mould. His character Devereaux could take Bond with one arm behind his back - well not perhaps not Daniel Craig but he'd give him a run for his money. It was as gritty a performance as I have ever seen from Brosnan and ranks alongside the current Bond and Bourne for tension and is not far behind for action. His character is cold and dangerous and utterly ruthless. The plot too is clever with twists and turns and betrayals. I was engrossed from start to finish. The action is fast and graphic. Go see it. Its a fun ride.
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    'THE November MAN': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

    Spy thriller starring Pierce Brosnan as an ex-CIA agent who must take on an old pupil, when his former employers kill the woman he loves and target him for assassination. The movie was directed by Roger Donaldson; who's directed such popular hits as 'COCTAIL', 'CADILLAC MAN', 'THE BOUNTY', 'SPECIES' and 'DANTE'S PEAK' (which also stars Brosnan). It was written by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek and based on the book 'There Are No Spies' (which is the seventh installment in 'The November Man' series) by Bill Granger. It costars Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Bill Smitrovich and Will Patton. I found it to be pretty entertaining and surprisingly dark, and violent, but still nothing too new or interesting to offer fans of the genre.

    Brosnan plays Peter Devereaux; an ex-CIA agent who retired after a student of his, David Mason (Bracey), accidentally killed a kid (while the two were doing an assignment together in Montenegro). Since that time Peter has started a relationship with another CIA operative, named Natalia Ulanova (Mediha Musilovic). He comes out of retirement to aid her on a deep cover assignment in Russia, when she's murdered by Mason; under the orders of CIA chief Perry Weinstein (Patton). Peter then wants revenge on the CIA, for killing Natalia, and will stop at nothing to find out what vital information she uncovered and why she was killed for it.

    The story is that of a pretty routine espionage thriller but it does take some pretty dark turns, here and there. Both Brosnan and Bracey's characters do some pretty questionable 'anti-heroic' things that, at times, leave the viewer questioning who they're supposed to root for. So in that way I really enjoyed the movie. Brosnan does slip back into the ultimate spy role with plenty of ease and Donaldson does a pretty effective job delivering the action. Kurylenko looks stunning as usual (and even uncannily resembles a young Catherine Zeta-Jones in some scenes). The film might not have much original to offer, fans of the genre, but it's still a lot of fun; I'd even say it's better than about half of the James Bond movies.

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this flick and was still impressively entertained by Mr. Brosnan, just like with 007. The story has multiple levels, keeps you guessing and second-guessing people's ambitions and allegiances. Acting is nice, not too shabby. Action is well paced and promotes the idea of 'intelligent agents' with weaknesses (that they actually figure how to avoid). As to the story itself - yes, it's a lot of this and that, which we've seen a lot, but suspend your belief for a second and you might just see how much heart was put into this movie - and they really don't make them like this anymore. So, if you're a fan of Pierce, loved his 007 acting and enjoy some political drama, this will not disappoint you.
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    I liked "The November Man." I thought the plot was straightforward, and when it wasn't then a character made a statement explaining what was happening. So many of these types of movies just have characters running around shooting at one another without details being tied up along the way. I did not feel that way about this movie.

    I found myself rooting for the good characters, and having fun running alongside the hero. No one is going to win an Oscar, but the acting was well done for this type of movie.

    It was a good 1.5 hours spent watching a spy thriller where the resolution at the end leaves me without any lingering questions.

    The movie plot/tempo felt familiar given that I have read the books. I am hoping that more movies with this character are made.

    P.S. It's a movie, not a film--ease up fellow critics.
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    It's not hard to see why Pierce Brosnan had, for a couple of years, tried to get this film made; despite being a perfectly capable dramatic actor, it is his time as James Bond that people remember most fondly about the 61-year-old Irish actor, so it is no wonder that Brosnan would want at some point to get back into the spy game. There is pedigree and potential here too - the character is the protagonist of novelist Bill Granger's 1980s Peter Devereaux series, and if this movie adapted from the seventh book of that series hits paydirt, there are always many other books on which a franchise could be built.

    Thankfully for Brosnan, who also produces the movie through his Irish Dreamtime company, 'November Man' is a sturdy enough thriller that could be the start of several such mid-budget European-set sequels to come. Gone are the gadgets, the girls and the quips that were a centrepiece of Brosnan's 007 days though - Brosnan's Devereaux is the kind of gritty spy Daniel Craig fashioned the 007 character after Brosnan departed, a no-nonsense CIA man at the top of his game who retired after a mission gone wrong with his protégé, David Mason (Australian actor Luke Bracey).

    Devereaux is pulled back into the field when his former handler from Langley, a hawk-eyed Hanley (Bill Smitrovich), asks for his help to pull an asset out of Moscow. The woman has critical information about the future head of the Soviet Union, Arkady Federov (Lazar Ristovski), which the CIA would like its hands on, but Devereaux accepts only because she is also his former colleague and lover. That simple mission goes unexpectedly awry when Devereaux finds himself pitted against Mason, whose orders were not only to 'take out' the woman but also Devereaux himself. What's more, Hanley is simultaneously taken into custody by his own CIA unit, after it turns out that he had recruited Devereaux behind their backs.

    As scripted by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek, the film combines a couple of familiar tropes. Here we have a teacher and his best protégé turned enemies, so that we get to see just how much of the former's skills the latter has honed into his own. We also get a spy versus the Agency, with Devereaux seemingly gone rogue against the apparently corrupted CIA establishment. And finally, we get a witness everyone is after, who as Hollywood convention dictates, happens also to look like a supermodel - that would be Alice Fournier (played by former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko) - and is protected by none other than Devereaux himself.

    So far, so good - for the first hour, Roger Donaldson directs a relatively taut and tense setup that keeps you hooked at trying to figure out just who is playing who. We know Devereaux is the good guy here, but just who is everyone else? Will Mason become a cold-hearted killing machine to take out his former trainer? Is Mason's boss the one pulling the strings? What does he have to do with an operation involving Federov and a building which fell in Chechnya that precipitated the war between the two countries? And just who is this Mira whom everyone is looking for, who apparently has Federov's dirty secrets from his past as a Russian general in the Chechen war?

    But after a promising start, what was a tightly plotted affair starts to go off the rails. There are a lot of revelations here, and to be fair, a somewhat twisty knot of events to unravel the truth behind the smokescreens. Yet, the scripting gets weaker by the minute - in particular, a thoroughly extraneous scene where Devereaux confronts Mason in his own apartment and decides to teach the latter a thing or two about developing affections for the opposite sex by slashing the femoral artery of his next-door neighbour/ girlfriend for no other apparent reason - and the leaps of logic get more far-fetched as Donaldson tries his darnest to keep the proceedings moving at a brisk clip until the climax.

    Never a less than competent helmer, Donaldson largely succeeds, inserting some efficiently thrilling car chases, shootouts and hand-to- hand combats in between the betrayals, admissions and ultimatums. It certainly helps that Brosnan is just as sure a hand at playing a spy, slipping effortlessly into the role with charisma and lending this screen incarnation of Devereaux a dignity and poise that very few silver-haired action stars can do. Brosnan's co-stars are however forgettable, though Kurylenko proves to be a sight to behold in her own right when she puts on a short sexy dress to seduce Federov in his own hotel room.

    To be sure, 'November Man' never quite comes close to the heights of Bourne, which is in a league of its own. But for less demanding audiences looking for some late-summer action, this entirely B-grade Euro-set thriller will do the trick. It's got espionage, suspense, blood, some sex (clearly trimmed here for an NC16 rating though), and most of all, Brosnan; yes, the latter is singlehandedly the best thing the film has going for it. And in turn, Brosnan gets his wish - an opportunity back into the spy game, and a pretty good one at that too.
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    November Man is a hard edged mother of a ride that demands you pay attention. I went back and watched it a second time because it was just to intense to figure out every layer and twist. Between the velocity of pace and the multiple story lines, I guessing these writers must be gamers in their time off.

    Finally, this is the Brosnan we have been waiting to see. A hard man with only a drop of humanity left that is closer to a bass ass killer than a government agent. And definitely not a spy who would boat in on a mission, slowly gliding through hundreds of torch lights, to get information. Olga is another revelation. Admittedly, Quantum was not her finest hour, but, Alice, her character in this film, might be one of the best performances of her career.

    That brings me to Luke Bracey. Masculine, likable and a charming opponent for Pierce. Not a star yet, but someone to take note of. Another cool aspect of the film is that it is shot in Serbia which feels like the perfect place to shoot this kind of movie. All the actors were amazing including Lazar, the Russian president elect.

    This is a spy film that makes you feel like you are witnessing real events. Let's hope they continue to make more.
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    ... 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?
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    Very slick, quite harsh and brutal in parts, and sustains suspense throughout; however, still essentially nearly totally predictable as it is built around a plot and stereotypical characters that have been done a thousand times before.

    From a political point-of-view, it wouldn't be unreasonable at all to consider this movie well-polished anti-Russian propaganda, although I'm not super bothered by this, since I'm not a big fan of mother Russian right now anyhow.

    Pushes all of the right emotional buttons appropriate to a male fantasy of supreme macho competence. Pierce Brosnan plays a better and more realistic 007 than he ever did in any actual Bond film, insofar as you can use the term realistic with a film like this. He seems to have aged well into this kind of role. Now maybe we should dump the dour and pretentious Craig and return to Brosnan as an older, but better and wiser agent On Her Majesty's Secret Service (just an idea folks).

    For what this film intends to be, I think it succeeds very well, so I' rating it pretty highly, although ultimately there is nothing here to really make you think. If you're looking for a pretty relentless but not utterly ridiculous action movie, you might want to give this a shot.
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    Hrmmm ... I'm not sure what film the less enthusiastic reviewers here happened to watch. The November Man is an excellent movie for fans of this genre. The performances delivered by the cast are great, the script is generally good, and the film is incredibly well shot.

    Some seem to have a problem with Pierce Brosnan because of his age. I'm not sure what that's all about -- his was a fantastic performance in this film. Additionally, the well-written script delivers a lot of action and plot turns to keep you engrossed in the movie from the time it starts until the closing credits begin to roll. Did we see the same film? I'm having a hard time finding fault with The November Man. If you enjoy thrillers, then this should be right up your alley. The November Man is strongly recommended viewing for adults who have a taste for this kind of stuff.
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    November Man seemed as if it was going to be an awesome throwback to the Pierce Brosnan days of Bond, his Never Say Never Again almost. Unfortunately, it doesn't amount to anything but an incoherent mess of a film. The storyline is very typical, almost so typical that you keep wondering if you missed something or it is merely just that brainless and redundant? The answer is yes, The November Man is a film that takes what could have been a grand throwback to the espionage thrillers of yester-year and turns it into a brainless big budget fan film hybrid cross between John Woo and a 90s James Bond. The director, Roger Donaldson feels sluggish here. It feels as if he knew the film was bad and tried everything to get it to work but it, unfortunately never comes to flotation. The editing is sloppy, the action sequence get considerably ridiculous especially with its use of slow motion, which adds another corny and campy vibe to an already far-fetched story that takes itself way too seriously. Despite these faults, The November Man does showcase a very good performance from Pierce Brosnan. While the story does lack an intellectual plot to make this intriguing enough, Pierce Brosnan carries the film on his shoulders and moves full speed ahead even when the film doesn't seem to be going much of anywhere. As far as an action film is concerned, the shootouts are somewhat decent in certain scenes but become increasingly annoying as they all start to blend together and feel boring. The violence in this film is actually something that did take me by surprise considering how brutal some of the scenes are. However, while some of the violence is shocking at first, Roger Donaldson decides to capitalize on the gore by throwing slow motion blood, bullets and brains to the mix for the final shootout, absolutely killing any shot of redemption for the film at that point. It may look cool but it contributes nothing at all except something for gore hounds to marvel at, maybe. Overall, The November Man features vintage Pierce Brosnan echoing back to Live Wire and Goldeneye but the film suffers from a narrative stand point and tries to cover up its lacking story with graphic violence and loud music.
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    I am reading so many negative reviews on this movie, but they are clearly caused by poor judgment and lack of attention.

    The story builds up nicely. The characters aren't underdeveloped at all. However, that character development happens mostly in the last 20 minutes or so. This is a movie that is unfolding through several threads, coming together at the end, clarifying the characters.

    I do not need to add any words about the plot. It may seem puzzling to those who are used to be fed the cliché clues, overstating what comes next, but I think it was a very good plot and well executed. True, there should have been some more depth in the acting to enjoy but that would contradict the cold professionalism which is inherent to CIA, hit men and war criminals.

    I say, make sure your IQ is three digits worth and enjoy this movie which does evoke 007 much, but harsher.
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    I don't know what has happened to reviewers on IMDb. Whether the general population is losing its IQ or something. You find bad reviews about even some of the best movies!!! I agree to another reviewer here (who like it!), it is the best spy movie after Bourne series. If you like spy movies/action/thriller movies, you will like this one. I would rate it better than fake recent bond movies, which seem like waste of time compared to this. Pierce Brosnan is even better than his bond movies and did the job pretty well. Ignore the bad reviews. Go ahead and enjoy this one of the better movies of 2014.

    To all the haters. If you don't like spy movies, please don't go see one...duh! And if you cant understand simple plots, you need to go and see a doctor.
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    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! Don't listen to Rotten Tomatoes, go watch and judge for yourself.

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    Of all of the overly confusing movies I have seen in my life, this one is the most unique out of all of them. All of the other films I have seen were confusing because too much was forced into it and or the story was made overly complex. This film, on the other hand, is confusing because of how little anything is explained or makes sense.

    Starting off with a past mission, Agents Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) and Mason (Luke Bracey) are assigned to stop the assassination of an ambassador. Devereaux orders Mason not to do anything do to the assassin's position, but Mason kills the assassin, resulting in a civilian also being killed. This opening served no purpose as we barely learn anything about the characters and it doesn't serve any purpose to later events in the film.

    Cut to several years later, Devereaux is asked by his friend Hanley (Bill Smitrovich) to go on a mission to extract an agent who has information on a Russian politician (Lazar Ristovski) who is running for president. The agent, Natalia (Mediha Musliovic), happens to be the mother of Devereaux's daughter. Devereaux attempts to extract her, but she is shot and killed by Mason under orders from Perry Weinstein (Bill Patton). Natalia manages to give Devereaux her phone with pictures that would incriminate the politician. Instead of turning the pictures over to the C.I.A, whom Mason is an agent for, Devereaux goes not only after Mason because he wants to kill him, but a woman named Alice (Olga Kurylenko) as well because she might know where a person is who knows inside information regarding the politician. Joining in on the hunt for Alice is Weinstein's C.I.A group, including Mason, and a hired assassin (Amila Terzimehic).

    Starting right here is when the movie starts to become complete confusion. Devereaux wants to protect Alice to keep everyone from reaching the girl, Mira, who would know about the politician. However, he doesn't give the incriminating pictures to anyone or post them online to show what the politician did.

    At the same time, Devereaux wants to kill Mason, for some reason. He acts as if it is because he views Mason as a murderer, but if that were the real case Devereaux would have killed Mason right after Mason killed Natalia when he had the chance to. Plus, he was following orders to kill Natalia, but Devereaux is blaming him for the killing and then nearly kills Mason's sudden girlfriend Sarah (Eliza Taylor) to teach him a lesson. Devereaux's motivations throughout the entire movie make no sense, and we are supposed to understand and sympathize with him.

    It is revealed that Hanley was working with the politician the whole time. The reveal that Hanley and the politician are working together also leads to the reveal that Hanley has been controlling the politician the whole time and is planning on using him when he's president. However, their plan or even their actions in the present are not what makes them the villains of the movie. They are the villains because they did some bad things over a decade ago, so there is no real urgency to any of it. Their present plans are not evil, so there is no real rush to stop them.

    Remember how I said barely anything was revealed in the opening of the movie, well, here's what was revealed. Other than the fact that Devereaux says Mason can't follow orders, we learn that Mason is looking for a partner to have in his life. What does that lead to? A pointless subplot involving Mason and his neighbor Sarah. They introduce themselves to one another, they go out on a date, Devereaux injures her as revenge, and she goes to the hospital. And that's the last we see of her. She doesn't show up at the end with Mason somewhere. She just disappears from the story.

    Another character who just disappears from the story is Edgar Simpson (Patrick Kennedy), a reporter for the New York Times who is doing a report on the Russian politician. He shows up to ask Alice some questions about what she knows about the politician and where he can find Mira. Alice goes to his house later on and he is killed. What was the point of his character? Nothing. He was just thrown in and made the whole story more confusing.

    How is it as an action spy thriller? Terrible. Are there some decent fights and action sequences in it. Sure, but those few moments are ruined by the fact that you have no idea what is going on in the plot, so you have no idea what the point of the action scene is.

    "The November Man" might be the most confusing movie I have ever seen in my life. The majority of the character's motivations make little sense, the villain's plan isn't even villainous or hold much weight to the final effect of the film, the characters are underdeveloped, and the entire thing is just convoluted. I remember when I saw "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" that I said the evil plan was convoluted. Well, compared to this movie that plan is pretty straight forward, and at least that plan held weight to it. Like I said, there were a few decent action sequences in there, but they aren't worth sitting through the whole movie to see.
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    An ex-CIA operative is brought in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.

    The November Man is directed by Roger Donaldson and stars Pierce Brosnan as its title character. Roger Donaldson also directed The Bank Job (2008) which is one of Jason Statham' best movie. Let me tell you how excited I was when I heard that Pierce Brosnan was returning as a spy; A little bit nostalgic. This film is full of classic spy cliché such as, for instance, people walking away slow motion explosions and it doesn't seem to get started until half way through. However towards the third act the movie really showed itself and I was like: "Why didn't they do that from the beginning?" Unfortunately, the fact is that it's so terribly cliché since the beginning that when you see where things are going and certain puzzle pieces start to make sense, you are already checked out of the movie. Yet, 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. Plus, I have to point out that women are over objectify and her character is only introduced when it's convenient for the man to have a bargaining girl which isn't as cool as it sounds. Brosnan's protegee starring Luke Bracey is pretty cool as well and I think this guy's got a future. This movie reminds me of two other movies released this years: 3 Days to Kill and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

    Overall I think The November Man could have been a lot better thanks to a stronger writing and directing; it's good to see Pierce Brosnan back into the spy game.
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    Wow simply wow, the November man is a cat and mouse chase with so many twists and turns you will enjoy it first time round and then value the return of pierce brosnan second time you watch it. a ex C.I.A agent which reminds you of when pierce played james bond gets caught up in a world of trouble, the film grips you from the get go and unlike most films of this genre this one has a fully understandable plot/story which makes sense. There is plenty of action and brosnan shows he still has the cool swagger he showed in his bond reign all in all a worthy effort and with the brilliant supporting acts of Luke bracey and olga kurylenko you cant go wrong. It may be the same old USA vs the russians but at least with this one its a fair battle and a realistic one too
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    This was a fun movie. I understood the plot which I cannot say for many of the movies lately. It was not too long. Brosnan was perfect for this role and it had a good ending. What more do you want? Most of the brainless movies on now days have great action but are silly and game like. This movie was like a Bond movie without the gimmicks. Olga Kurylenko was very good and a pleasure to watch. This was not a save the world movie. A lot of people were killed but for reasons. The chase scenes were well done. I have really said all I want to say but have to write ten lines in order for this review to be shown. I found it hard to believe it only had a 6.3 rating. This was better than the last 10 movies I have seen. Maybe I cannot relate to the kid like crass movies that are popular these days like Hanfgover and Horrible Bosses,and all the Adam Sandler movies.
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    took my friend to see this thing. it was his choice. he hadn't been out of the nursing home for at least 6 months, so i had no choice to balk at this decision. from the beginning to the end, i was entirely pleasantly surprised. yes, another cia espionage thriller. yes, another bang bang thriller. yes, another action / foreign intrigue thriller. yes, handsome men and beautiful women running around thriller. yes, some mysteries solved along the way thriller. but throw the whole package into the blender and a delightful confection of a movie arises. nothing ridiculous or too far out, just a solid plot and just enough turns to keep you wound up. not one boring moment, except, if you can believe it, the mild love-making scene. that slowed things down for about a minute. even if you go to this film to see Pierce Brosnan get real mad at certain points, it is a fun trip. thoroughly enjoyable. like i mentioned, only one dull moment that lasted all of two moments. RECOMMENDED EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU'VE SEEN THIS STUFF BEFORE.
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    A good spy movie has to have a plot that is plausible. That is something this movie lacks. As a result, there is no differentiating the good guys from the bad, producing a story that is ludicrous and muddled. And when stagy acting is included in the mix, as is the case in this movie, the results are a tepid, predictable, cliché-ridden extravaganza. This movie has all the trappings of a major cinematic work - multiple settings, lots of noise, a major star, violence, profanity - typical for major productions today, yet they do not come close to making up for the movie's shortcomings: predictability, shallow characters, almost non-existent character development, all of which produces little, if any, dramatic impact. As for the premise of this story, that the US and Russia somehow conspired to provoke a war, that makes no sense whatsoever and stretches literary license to the limit, and if that premise does not make any sense, and it does not, then the entire story falls apart. Also, this movie continues the trend of demonizing Russians in ways that the Germans were demonized in the 1940s, except the Russians are neither Nazis nor enemies. So why demonize them? Pierce Brosnan gives a good performance as a spy with a conscience, but his presence cannot save this movie. Why portray the CIA and Russia as bad guys when there are already so many other parties throughout the world for whom such a label can be applied?
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    Wait for the video. I was so disappointed by this movie. I almost fell asleep in the theatre. Brosnan seems to just go through the motions, not really involved. The action scenes are mediocre, again nothing new or even exciting. And I can't believe that an assassin who can kill CIA agents can go down with a single whack. And I agree with some of the other reviewers in that there are too many inconsequential extra characters. I saw the movie today and can't even remember the names of the characters, much less the plot, because it was so unexceptional. All the characters in this movie seem lifeless, even the villains. The title doesn't make sense either. If Devereaux (Brosnan's character) is such a killer machine that no one lives once he's on the scene, then why is that November? It's not really explained. Could be I just missed some information because I wasn't paying attention. All in all, a big disappointment.
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    Based on Bill Granger's book "There Are No Spies' and adapted for the screen by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek, THE November MAN has all the ingredients for a James Bondesque adventure film – even using a previous Bon (Pierce Brosnan) as the lead character. Roger Donaldson directs and at times confusing mélange of events but in the end the film lives up to the standards of foreign intrigue thriller.

    The cast is an international one and everyone fills the duties assigned to a T. Of special note is new Australian hunk Luke Bracey (who needs to hit the gym….), a welcome newcomer for the secondary lead roles that result in stardom.

    Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is a former CIA super spy, retired. He worked for the CIA and trained David Mason (Luke Bracey). Peter is asked by the man he worked for to extract a woman (Olga Kurylenko) who is in Russia and is presently close to a man Arkady Federov (Lazar Ristovski) 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. Peter arrives and saves her but as they are getting away they're shot at. She is killed but tells Peter the name before she dies. Peter kills the men who attacked them but when he sees the leader, Mason (Luke Bracey), a man he trained, he realizes the CIA is involved. He tries to find the person and the only one who might know where she is is Alice Fournier, the social worker who helped her when she came to the West. A CIA bigwig (Bill Smitrovich) steps in and orders that Devereaux be taken off the case and wants Mason to take care of it. The Presidential candidate sends an assassin to make sure no one wrecks his chances of becoming President. Devereaux finds Alice and tries to protect her while trying to find the mole.

    The film spreads over time frames and many gorgeous European cities and keeps a breathtaking pace, delivering a spy film that should please all who love this genre.
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    I came to November Man expecting a direct to DVD kind of film which turned out exactly as I thought (thank goodness for 5$ movie at Palazoo) With that said it was so kinda feels like Sean Connorys Never Say Again for Peirce Bronsan in regards to his role as 007. Bronsan is no means a terrible actor, but he was the only really good actor in the film. NM touches certain areas only to never go back which results in a confusing plot, rushed and very unfufiling ending. The action scenes were average, mostly just shootouts lacking anything different/exciting. It's a rental for any Bronsan or action fans but if you miss it, don't feel sad about it. **