This Rotten Week: Predicting The November Man and As Above/ So Below Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2014-08-26 14:20:17discussion comments
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And the summer is almost over. How can I tell? For one thing just take a look at the movies coming out. One can time the seasons by the cinematic strength of the box office. One look at this week’s slate of films and I know we are zeroing in on Labor Day. It’s a dude from November and people above and below.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

November Man
Rotten Watch Prediction
We can learn a great deal from movies that will help inform us on living a brighter, safer and more enlightened life. From rom-coms to thrillers, documentaries to sci-fi I feel like much of my life is informed by what I’ve gathered through film. Example? Sure. Decades from now when I’m retired from This Rotten Week, living a peaceful existence in some out of the way little hamlet and the CB editors call me in for "one last job" I’ll know something is fishy. They’ll say they want just one little article that only my special skills and expertise can write. But behind it all will be an international conspiracy that threatens us all. Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned from the political spy thriller it’s that when someone from your past comes calling for you to come out of retirement, well a lot of bad shit is on it’s way.

Pierce Brosnan falls for it here in the trailer for November Man:



Brosnan’s tale here appears much of what we’ve seen in countless political spy- action films. Some highly-trained government agent is living the good, quiet life until he’s called back into action (most likely reluctantly) and embarks on a twisted tale of cover ups, moles, turncoats, explosions, firefights and ultimately...redemption. I feel like I know all of the beats already and I only watched the two minute trailer. That’s enough. Seen this flick a hundred times.

Director Roger Donladson’s been kicking around Hollywood forever having done some quality flicks along the way like The World’s Fastest Indian (82%) and The Bank Job (79%). He’s also put out somes stinkers (more of these) like The Recruit (47%), Dante’s Peak (27%) and now The November Man. Through six reviews posted on Rotten Tomatoes the score sits at a whopping 17%. (When I started writing this last night it was at 0%). Opinions range from "boring" to "formulaic" to "it sucks". Shocking.

When a movie hits the screens this time of year we can make some basic assumptions about its quality without even having a head start on reviews. With this one I’m doubly blessed and the prediction will be easy. I can’t imagine the positive reviews come flooding in now. You’ve seen the flick before. This is nothing new. But can we learn something? Sure. Don’t come out of retirement.
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