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

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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 weekís slate of films and I know we are zeroing in on Labor Day. Itís 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 Iíve gathered through film. Example? Sure. Decades from now when Iím 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" Iíll know something is fishy. Theyíll 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 thereís one thing weíve learned from the political spy thriller itís that when someone from your past comes calling for you to come out of retirement, well a lot of bad shit is on itís way.

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



Brosnanís tale here appears much of what weíve seen in countless political spy- action films. Some highly-trained government agent is living the good, quiet life until heís 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. Thatís enough. Seen this flick a hundred times.

Director Roger Donladsonís been kicking around Hollywood forever having done some quality flicks along the way like The Worldís Fastest Indian (82%) and The Bank Job (79%). Heís also put out somes stinkers (more of these) like The Recruit (47%), Danteís 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 Iím doubly blessed and the prediction will be easy. I canít imagine the positive reviews come flooding in now. Youíve seen the flick before. This is nothing new. But can we learn something? Sure. Donít come out of retirement.
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