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.
Rotten Watch Prediction
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.