If you are one of those moviegoers who like to be 'spoon fed' a storyline you should probably skip "The November Man". However if you are a moviegoer who enjoys a smart plot that keeps you guessing then grab your tickets and popcorn for a great ride! The film is based on Bill Granger’s story "There Are No Spies" from the bestselling November Man book series . Pierce Brosnan stars as Peter Devereaux a semi retired CIA agent who has created a comfortable life as a restaurant owner on the shores of a idyllic Greek village. Suddenly director Roger Donaldson jolts the viewer back to five years prior when Devereaux was on a dangerous mission with agent trainee David Mason (Luke Bracey) . The mission goes terribly wrong , and Peter holds David responsible. The partners go their separate ways physically, yet remain intertwined mentally and emotionally. Their bond remains a common thread that ties the story together through its twists and turns.
Peter receives word from an old friend John Hanley (Bill Smitrovich) that he is needed for a top secret extraction for a double agent Natalia Ulanova (Mediha Musliovic') working in deep cover in Russia. During the extraction Peter realizes he is nothing more than a pawn in someones political 'end game'. He finds himself trying to save gorgeous Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko) against an assortment of assassins, criminals and even his former protege' David.
This film is a departure from Brosnan's usual roles and definitely not the stereotypical slick 007 movie filled with one liners like so many recent action adventures. Watching it you get the feeling this ugly dark world acted out on screen, may indeed be like 'the real thing'. Its like a window to the gritty world facing those who put their lives on the line for intelligence everyday. Brosnan is hardened and by no means the typical 'good guy' . His character Peter does whatever it takes to get the job done even if it means innocent people may get caught in the crossfire.
So if you are in the mood for a intellectual getaway into the world of international of espionage head to the theater to see "The November Man". This cat and mouse game will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end. "The November Man" opens in theaters nationwide today.