MOVIEmeter
41
Down 10 this week

The November Man (2014)

6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 3,646 users   Metascore: 38/100
Reviews: 47 user | 74 critic | 31 from Metacritic.com

An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Get Showtimes & Tickets

In 14 theaters near Ashburn VA US [change]

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 08 Jan 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 45 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 28 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The November Man (2014)

The November Man (2014) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The November Man.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Let's Be Cops (2014)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.

Director: Luke Greenfield
Stars: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.

Director: John Erick Dowdle
Stars: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A group of mutated warriors face off against an evil kingpin who wants to take over New York.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner
If I Stay (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.

Director: R.J. Cutler
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley
The Giver (2014)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Storm trackers, thrill-seekers, and everyday townspeople document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the town of Silverton.

Director: Steven Quale
Stars: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh
Horns (2013)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples.

Director: Alexandre Aja
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Heather Graham
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.

Director: Patrick Hughes
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.

Director: Thomas Carter
Stars: Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin
The Drop (2014)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.

Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Stars: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini
Foxcatcher (2014)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Based on the true story of Mark Schultz, an Olympic wrestler whose relationship with sponsor John du Pont and brother Dave Schultz would lead to unlikely circumstances.

Director: Bennett Miller
Stars: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Hanley
...
Alexa
Lazar Ristovski ...
Arkady Federov
Mediha Musliovic ...
Natalia Ulanova
...
Sarah
...
Celia
...
Meyers
...
Perry Weinstein (as William Patton)
...
Edgar Simpson
Dragan Marinkovic ...
Denisov
...
Agent Jones
...
Federov's Chief of Staff
Edit

Storyline

An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A spy is never out of the game.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including a sexual assault, language, sexuality/nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 August 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hedefteki Adam  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,105,877 (USA) (29 August 2014)

Gross:

$23,682,577 (USA) (18 September 2014)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The birthday as given by Devereaux's file (May 16, 1953) is Pierce Brosnan's actual birthday. See more »

Goofs

When the lead pulls the fuel line, gas begins flowing. On a fuel injected vehicle that much fuel would not run unless the electric fuel pump is operating (the electrical system must be on). See more »

Quotes

Hanley: Know what we used to call you Peter? The November Man. Cause after you passed through, nothing lived. You were one bleak motherfucker my friend.
See more »


Soundtracks

Keep It Up
Written and Performed by Makao
Courtesy of Cutting Edge Music (Holdings) Limited
By arrangement with CEG RIghts B.V.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The plotting does stumble towards the end, but this old-school spy thriller has enough twists, action and most importantly, an ace in former 007 star Pierce Brosnan
28 August 2014 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

It's not hard to see why Pierce Brosnan had, for a couple of years, tried to get this film made; despite being a perfectly capable dramatic actor, it is his time as James Bond that people remember most fondly about the 61-year-old Irish actor, so it is no wonder that Brosnan would want at some point to get back into the spy game. There is pedigree and potential here too - the character is the protagonist of novelist Bill Granger's 1980s Peter Devereaux series, and if this movie adapted from the seventh book of that series hits paydirt, there are always many other books on which a franchise could be built.

Thankfully for Brosnan, who also produces the movie through his Irish Dreamtime company, 'November Man' is a sturdy enough thriller that could be the start of several such mid-budget European-set sequels to come. Gone are the gadgets, the girls and the quips that were a centrepiece of Brosnan's 007 days though - Brosnan's Devereaux is the kind of gritty spy Daniel Craig fashioned the 007 character after Brosnan departed, a no-nonsense CIA man at the top of his game who retired after a mission gone wrong with his protégé, David Mason (Australian actor Luke Bracey).

Devereaux is pulled back into the field when his former handler from Langley, a hawk-eyed Hanley (Bill Smitrovich), asks for his help to pull an asset out of Moscow. The woman has critical information about the future head of the Soviet Union, Arkady Federov (Lazar Ristovski), which the CIA would like its hands on, but Devereaux accepts only because she is also his former colleague and lover. That simple mission goes unexpectedly awry when Devereaux finds himself pitted against Mason, whose orders were not only to 'take out' the woman but also Devereaux himself. What's more, Hanley is simultaneously taken into custody by his own CIA unit, after it turns out that he had recruited Devereaux behind their backs.

As scripted by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek, the film combines a couple of familiar tropes. Here we have a teacher and his best protégé turned enemies, so that we get to see just how much of the former's skills the latter has honed into his own. We also get a spy versus the Agency, with Devereaux seemingly gone rogue against the apparently corrupted CIA establishment. And finally, we get a witness everyone is after, who as Hollywood convention dictates, happens also to look like a supermodel - that would be Alice Fournier (played by former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko) - and is protected by none other than Devereaux himself.

So far, so good - for the first hour, Roger Donaldson directs a relatively taut and tense setup that keeps you hooked at trying to figure out just who is playing who. We know Devereaux is the good guy here, but just who is everyone else? Will Mason become a cold-hearted killing machine to take out his former trainer? Is Mason's boss the one pulling the strings? What does he have to do with an operation involving Federov and a building which fell in Chechnya that precipitated the war between the two countries? And just who is this Mira whom everyone is looking for, who apparently has Federov's dirty secrets from his past as a Russian general in the Chechen war?

But after a promising start, what was a tightly plotted affair starts to go off the rails. There are a lot of revelations here, and to be fair, a somewhat twisty knot of events to unravel the truth behind the smokescreens. Yet, the scripting gets weaker by the minute - in particular, a thoroughly extraneous scene where Devereaux confronts Mason in his own apartment and decides to teach the latter a thing or two about developing affections for the opposite sex by slashing the femoral artery of his next-door neighbour/ girlfriend for no other apparent reason - and the leaps of logic get more far-fetched as Donaldson tries his darnest to keep the proceedings moving at a brisk clip until the climax.

Never a less than competent helmer, Donaldson largely succeeds, inserting some efficiently thrilling car chases, shootouts and hand-to- hand combats in between the betrayals, admissions and ultimatums. It certainly helps that Brosnan is just as sure a hand at playing a spy, slipping effortlessly into the role with charisma and lending this screen incarnation of Devereaux a dignity and poise that very few silver-haired action stars can do. Brosnan's co-stars are however forgettable, though Kurylenko proves to be a sight to behold in her own right when she puts on a short sexy dress to seduce Federov in his own hotel room.

To be sure, 'November Man' never quite comes close to the heights of Bourne, which is in a league of its own. But for less demanding audiences looking for some late-summer action, this entirely B-grade Euro-set thriller will do the trick. It's got espionage, suspense, blood, some sex (clearly trimmed here for an NC16 rating though), and most of all, Brosnan; yes, the latter is singlehandedly the best thing the film has going for it. And in turn, Brosnan gets his wish - an opportunity back into the spy game, and a pretty good one at that too.


22 of 42 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Someone explain the title..: dkashner
Sexual Assualt? wearemegatwins
How did the cat keep getting in Mason's apartment? jeffyane
I feel like this movie has been made a million times before. cohen-avery96
Still Rated R... n_easter12345
Should've just made it a Bond movie tmtimmayt270
Discuss The November Man (2014) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?