Review: Pierce Brosnan takes on spy role one more time

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By Raffaele Fusulan
A&E Editor/Spectator

“After he passes through, nothing lives.”

This is the fame that Peter Deveraux left behind after retiring from the C.I.A. in the new action film, “The November Man.” The government, though, had more plans in mind for him.

Five years after his retirement, Deveraux is asked by the C.I.A to evacuate an important asset from Moscow.

The plan seems easy enough until the asset is murdered. From that point on, the storyline becomes very intriguing, making the viewer question what could possibly happen next.

In the early stages of the movie the storyline does feel a tad predictable, but as the movie progresses it becomes more and more complicated.

The movie feels like the typical action or thriller in that it uses the common formula of action, scene, plot development, more action scene, more plot development, etc.

Despite that issue, “The November Man” focuses a lot on storyline and character development.

Introducing more and more characters as the movie progresses, it’s certainly not shy about having a crowded  canvas. The protagonists got a lot of background information to justify their drastic decisions throughout the movie.

Peter Deveraux, played by Pierce Brosnan, is a veteran among the C.I.A, but after a 
mission takes a drastic outcome he decides to retire from the group.

When he is contacted again five years later he takes the job assigned to him without hesitation.

He is very ruthless towards anyone standing between him and his objective and is not scared of taking high risks in tight situations. On the other hand, even though he shows little emotion, he is very caring towards the people he considers close to him.

His nemesis and ex-student David Mason, portrayed by Luke Bracey, is new to the agency and has a lot less experience on the field than Deveraux. He is impatient and has trouble following orders. When he finds out his orders to hunt his old mentor he complies even though it is clear to the viewer that he still cares about him.

Even though the plot at the beginning feels confusing, it does not leave plot holes by the time the movie is over. It covers any questions that might have been raised in your head earlier.

The movie brings back the theme of corruption, which is a common theme for thriller movies, and “The November Man” decides to take its own spin on it.

The action scenes through out the movie are just okay. They weren’t very impressing but at the same time they didn’t let down and the editing looked smooth.

Unfortunately the fight scenes were a little disappointing.

They felt unrealistic and badly executed. A lot of slow motion scenes were utilized, which made some scenes look good while others felt very pointless with the “slo-mo.”

Some deaths throughout the movie were brutal and unexpected which added some extra spice to the plot.

By the end of the movie you realize that most of the characters have a personal vendetta against someone else. It is not that ironic after all because most spy movie adopt the same concept of “trust no one.”

The movie is based on the book “There Are No Spies,” written by Bill Granger.

If you enjoyed Pierce Brosnan in the role of James Bond you will definitely enjoy watching him in this spy movie.

“The November Man” did a great job with the plot but it felt like some scenes could have been improved.

Raffaele Fusulan is the arts edition for The Spectator. He can be reached at