108 Min | Action – Crime – Thriller | November 2014
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Director: Roger Donaldson
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko
The November Man Review: The November Man is the first book in the series, but the film is adapted from the seventh, There Are No Spies. An entire marketing castling has been done in order to rename the books to match the name of the film, as well. 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. The plot of The November Man was so and so, with occasional glimpses of good ideas in a rather sub par soup of cliches. Another James Bond cast member, Olga Kurylenko, just looks gorgeous, even if her character is mostly the classic damsel in distress, always shocked by violence and doing stupid things so that she can be rescued.
The November Man is a solid action film, but the characterization really just went all over the place, as did the story. Even the title of the film needs to be explained in a pointless scene at the end. It comes off as a film of inconsistent quality, oscillating from bad to above average, the result being just “yet another” in the genre. Also, it was probably too difficult to adapt a 1979 book to the modern technology and spycraft, so it feels really dated. I would recommend seeing The November Man for anyone who was a fan of Brosnan’s time as 007 or just enjoys action films.