Veteran Director Roger Donaldson (White Sands, Thirteen Days) paints pretty pictures - some wrapped in dreamy backgrounds surrounded by gritty poses - but never quite gets to the heart of the matter. There's plenty to fuel our leads, but the editing comes away uneven, portraying Devereaux as almost bi-polar, worried about collateral damage in one scene and then willing to be unnecessarily cold-blooded to prove a point in the very next one. Moreover, we never learn why he chooses a personal life that he previously admonishes so much to Mason. None of our supporting cast comes away especially memorable, and some including Smitrovich even seem to experience conflicting character growth by the third act, with Handley suddenly replacing another character who clearly seemed in charge, and with only a "He's been replaced" explanation. Another major character's future is certainly in doubt by the time the credits roll, but we're never privy to what that actually is.
The November Man is rated R for strong violence including sexual assault, language, sexuality/nudity and brief drug use and has a runtime of 108 minutes.
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