An ex-C.I.A. 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 C.I.A. officials and the Russian President-elect.
Peter Devereaux is a former CIA agent who is asked by the man he worked for to extract a woman who is in Russia and is presently close to a man running for President, who is believed to have committed crimes during the Chechen war. She can give them the name of someone who can prove it. His friend says that she will only come to him. So he goes and she gets the info and tries to get out but the man finds out and tries to stop her. Written by
With a plot that involves a systematic and brutal manhunt, and lots of fast paced action, there were many filming locations used all over Belgrade. These included one of the city's main markets, train stations, cafés, restaurants, alleys, and a parking lot. The production was also highly privileged in being able to use some of the Belgrade's grand landmarks, such as The White Palace, the Serbian Parliament Building, City Hall, and Belgrade Fortress. Filming also took place in private apartments using and building upon much of what was already there to achieve a sense of a real Belgrade home. See more »
During the motorcycle chase, the overlaid sound of the engines changes from twin cylinder to four cylinder engines and back again. See more »
I'm going back to work.
[takes her place at the table]
Don't worry, I checked her out.
Scenario: Agent falls in love with girl. Agent runs an op. Girl gets kidnapped. The other guys want to know the agent's source. What does he do? What do they do to the girl, hmm?
Is there a point to this?
Yeah, over your right shoulder.
[seeing another agent]
Us or them?
How the fuck should I know? Does it really matter? You feel the need for a relationship? Get a dog.
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When I first heard about the "November Man" I was exited to hear that Pierce Brosnan would be doing another spy/action film, since its been 12 years since his last Bond adventure. But after seeing the trailer and hearing some reviews I was afraid this would turn out to be like Stallone's "Bullet to the Head" and be a bit of a flop.
However, "The November Man" is not only a very exiting spy movie, but also is an entertaining action movie as well. It has a perfect blend of slow burn espionage and gritty fight sequences that earn the film its R rating. It's plot is based off of Bill Granger's "There Are No Spies" and for the most part flows steadily throughout the run-time. My only major gripe is that one or two scenes could have been cut out entirely and it would not have affected anything.
There are a decent amount of action sequences in "The November Man", mainly gunfights, fist-fights, and one or two car chases. Instead of having a few longer and more drawn out action scenes, the film has many short burst type scenes, no longer than 3 or 4 minutes. The camera work and cinematography is different, but steers clear of that frustrating shaky cam that is seen in so many modern action movies. My one and only problem with the action was the usage of CGI blood and flares, However, everything else is done for real, it was great to see a film that does not rely on computers and just does stuff practically.
I did not have any issues with the performances of the cast, Brosnan, Kurylenko, and Bracy were all believable in their parts but did not provide anything that blew me away.
So, "The November Man" is a good spy action/thriller movie, with a decent story packed with twists and turns, along with enticing characters, but what sold this movie for me was it's action sequences, that were done (for the most part) practically. I would recommend seeing it for anyone who was a fan of Brosnan's time as 007 or just enjoys action films.
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