We’re getting deeper and deeper into the fall season, and while there are a number of big blockbusters still to come out this year, none of them are coming out this week. Instead, we have set of flicks with stories of miners, the holiday season and a football team. Get ready for The 33, Love the Coopers and My All American.

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 This Rotten Week has to offer.

The 33
Rotten Watch Prediction
As a guy who doesn’t particularly like getting in elevators, or even compact cars if there’s more than one other person riding along, I don’t think I’d last very long as a miner. The tight quarters and millions pounds of earth and rock above are just a couple of the reasons I won’t be looking into a midlife career switch to the subterranean depths. And director Patricia Riggen’s new movie The 33 doesn’t exactly make the venture any more appealing.

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Based on the true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for about 60 days underground after a mine collapse, this movie looks like it will surely pull on the heartstrings. From reading through the details of the disaster, the movie appears an accurate account of what happened when the Copiapo mining accident trapped workers without requisite food, water, medical supplies, or any way to escape.

Survival movies like this can go a couple of different ways. If they get overly melodramatic or schmaltzy, they can go off the rails real quick. On the other hand, if they stick to the facts (which make a great story on their own), go through the beats, establish a protagonist (or group of them), a realistic antagonist (in this case the big ass rock blocking escape and the greedy mining company who doesn’t want to pony up to grab these dudes) then you can get a feel good flick. I would have thought this one would score well with critics, but early reviews have been less than stellar. It’s under 50% at the time of this article’s publication, with about 20 reviews saying it lays the drama on too thick. What a bummer.

Director Patricia Riggen has a couple of smaller movies under her belt with Under the Same Moon (73%) and Girl in Progress (30%), so there’s a critical hit and miss there. Unfortunately, it looks like this one will score closer to the latter.

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