Thursday, January 9, 2014
5 most disappointing movies, and 5 really awful ones, of 2013
Don't even bother renting these films at Redbox.
Hopefully most of the films in this list you have long forgotten. In case, however, you were thinking of renting some of the movies from the past year to catch up, we thought we would offer you a few to avoid. Trust us, you don’t need to bother with the “worst.” And be prepared to be “disappointed” by the rest.
(In no particular order!)
Why it's terrible: The sloppy and uninspiring the title doesn’t even fit the film. Nothing to make you paranoid here. The star cast only adds to making it a letdown of epic proportions.
Why it's terrible: It's just flat-out horrible! It should never have even been made, it was that bad. For an 89-minute film, it felt more like a lifetime. And you can’t argue with the 2 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. We were more impressed it had such a low rating -- that takes real effort!
Dead Man Down
Why it's terrible: Poorly marketed as a thriller, this one ended up as a drama with too heavy a hand. Poor dialogue and stereotypical characters just make for a dull ride. Not worth the time or effort.
Why it's terrible: With a wholly unoriginal screenplay, this one didn’t even have a chance. A cast of top-tier actors couldn’t even bring it back from the abyss of bad film making.
Battle of the Year
Why it's terrible: This isn’t a movie so much as an advertisement and documentary. They try to overlay a story of a team misfits coming together and rising above everything. We have seen it before though over and over. Should have been a TV movie, if even that!
Man of Steel
Why it disappointed: Here was an opportunity to revive a favorite franchise. They revived it, but as a result it is now barely living. The fault really lies with the script. It’s all head pounding action with no thoughtful dialogue or interesting story development moments. We hope the sequel improves on things because really they can only get better if you start at the bottom. Right?
Why it disappointed: Was it funny? We are sure it was funny to some, but aside from offering a few giggles the film actually made us feel more stupid.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Why it disappointed: With an all-star comedic cast, expectations were high to have the long awaited Anchorman sequel. With high expectations came big disappointment. And sometimes too much of a good thing is not a good thing. Where it tries to be funny it oftentimes ends up being random and just bizarre.
Grown Ups 2
Why it disappointed: We expected more from this veteran group of comedians. They have all done great work in the past, but this won’t be included in that list and will likely been forgotten if it hasn’t already. Plus, what was the plot? We honestly don’t think there was one to begin with.
A Good Day to Die Hard
Why it disappointed: Each installation of this series seems to be taking us further and further away from the charm and fun that the first Die Hard movies offered. Biggest problem here was a forgettable villain with a forgettable evil plan. We can’t even recall it off-hand. Sadly!
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