The November Man


Pierce Brosnan is back as a secret agent, but not in a James Bond film. This time he stars in the action, crime, thriller, The November Man. Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is an ex-CIA agent who has been retired for five years living in Switzerland when his old boss Hanley (Bill Smitrovich) asks him to come back for one last mission. (I think that happens in almost every spy film.) Devereaux is asked by Hanley to find and pull a CIA asset out of Moscow who knows information about the future president of Russia. In the meantime, Devereaux is being hunted by Mason, his protégé from the CIA leaving him to wonder why his own agency is after him. (Probably because this is what happens in all secret agent films since Jason Bourne popped up on the screen.) As if there aren’t enough espionage clichés throughout this movie it ends with Devereaux’s daughter being kidnapped, so he has to do what the bad guys want or she will be killed. (I didn’t even know he had a daughter until that point.) As you can probably guess this has plenty of gunfights, lots of hand to hand combat, and numerous car chases. In fact, you can guess your way through most of the story because there doesn’t appear to be an original idea in the whole movie. (I half expected Devereaux to ask for a Margarita -shaken not stirred.) Considering Pierce Brosnon is 61 years of age, he’s actually pretty good. He knows how to be charming, threatening, and is probably the only reason most people will want to see the film. At least it’s fast paced so there are no long speeches, no prolonged romantic scenes, and no drawn out action scenes. This movie is based on a series by Bill Granger and may actually be a good read. This spy thriller just isn’t too thrilling and I’m giving it a C+ rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA