A story of espionage, double-crosses, and revenge, The November Man has it all in there wrapped in this slickly produced action-thriller. Sure, it’s a story we’ve seen before, but the film is well done, intriguing and entertaining overall.
Pierce Brosnan stars as CIA agent Devereaux who becomes a pawn in a political game between the country he used to serve and an old rival from the past. Even though he’s in a spy capacity, there’s no remnant of Brosnan’s days as James Bond. He’s not the suave, smooth agent with the seductive accent and demeanor he’s known for. In this film, he’s got an American accent (although his real accent slips in from time to time, which I found a little distracting), his character is rough, drinks a lot, and is more tough guy and less so sexy secret agent.
The story itself follows Devereaux as he answers the call to come to the aid of a fellow agent (and former lover) only to find out there are ulterior motivations to his involvement. His former partner is pitted against him as the story unravels creating more confusion, tension and subtext as the main premise plays out. The film builds to a satisfactory (albeit predictable) conclusion making the film worth a snowy night in with some popcorn.
Aside from the slipping accent, Brosnan plays his role well as does the rest of the cast. My only complaint was with Mediha Musliovic who plays Natalia Ulanova, Devereaux’s former lover. Unfortunately she comes off as trying a bit too hard in an almost soap opera-ish degree of delivery with her performance. The other actors are more subtle and effective by comparison. The llineup includes Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Bill Smitrovich, Will Patton, Lazar Ristovski and Amila Terzimehic.
If you enjoy thrillers that include plenty of action, political intrigue, peppered in with some drama, check out The November Man.
reviewed by Sean McKnight