The November Man

The November Man

In Theatres: 
Aug 29, 2014
Running Time: 
108 minutes

Borne, Reacher, Bond; whenever there is a spy thriller coming out, there’s a good chance it’s going to be named after its lead character. Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is the latest secret agent to follow suit, although it’s his code name, The November Man, that takes the top billing. Channeling his classic Bond days, Brosnan displays that wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age.

After a spec ops mission goes wrong and a child ends up dead, Peter Devereaux retires from the espionage business altogether. But when someone from his past is in need of an extraction, he is lured back into the job for one more mission. That mission quickly turns into a global conspiracy case and Devereaux ends up being right in the middle of the chaos, not to mention the only one who can get to the bottom of it all and find out the truth.

The November Man is a convoluted mess that features a confusing story and choppy action sequences of Brosnan reliving his glory days as James Bond. The opening of the film throws you into the middle of this CIA mission where the details come on a need to know basis where apparently the audience doesn’t need to know. All I know that Devereaux is being sent in to escort some woman he had a connection with because she has some information that is importation. The who and the why aren’t truly revealed until much later on in the film, so for the majority of its duration I was left wondering what is going on.

Spy thrillers are often times known for their complexity, but The November Man is overly complex for no real reason. It’s a lot of cat-and-mouse games between Devereaux and his younger protégé, David Mason (Luke Bracey). Throw in a couple of assassins every now and again and that’s the entirety of the film. Devereaux tries to be like the secret agents listed at the top, but if you had them all in a last man standing fight to the death, my money’s on him being the first to take the bullet.


The November Man has all the elements of a spy thriller, but does a horrendous job at piecing them together. There’s nothing we haven’t seen the genre do before and much better, too.

Matt Rodriguez
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