Pierce Brosnan stars in this action-packed spy thriller set in the ruthless world of international espionage. Code named "The November Man," Peter Devereaux (Brosnan) is a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who has been living in Switzerland. When Devereaux is lured out of retirement to safeguard a beautiful witness targeted for assassination, he's drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse with his former protégé David Mason. With no on to trust, Peter mus survive Mason's relentless assault, and root out a suspected CIA mole who may pose the greatest threat of all.
**The Making of The November Man
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A predictable espionage thriller undercut further by loose ends left dangling, November Man is worth seeing only for Pierce Brosnan's dynamic lead performance.
It's unfortunate that the shrewdness -- dare I say thought? -- that went into shaping Brosnan's aging hero doesn't extend to the rest of the movie.
Director Roger Donaldson has had his ups and downs over the past few years; the script for this lodges somewhere in the middle, though he compensates for its lack of distinction through sheer velocity and nimble negotiation of its hairpin turns.
If it doesn't transcend its genre origins, I suspect it's because it doesn't want to.
As far as escapist fluff laced with totally unnecessary real-world horror goes, The November Man isn't wretched.
"The November Man" is a sturdy-enough addition to the action spy (as opposed to the thoughtful spy) canon. It shoots straight, runs fast and is thoroughly, almost convincingly, paranoid.
Brosnan ... slips back into his intel identity with seeming effortlessness. The watchfulness, the calm, the jujitsu moves, the walking-through-rooms-with-the gun-held-straight-out-in-front-of-you stuff.