Earlier this week I told you about My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2016, now its time to take a moment to reflect on the films that were pretty awful. You know, the movies that later on you wonder what made you watch them in the first place.
I’m not saying these movies are the worts movies ever made, and I’m sure they have their faithful fans. What I’m saying is these are the movies I paid to see in 2016 that didn’t quite live up to expectations. These turkeys don’t need much of an introduction, so let’s get started:
10. X-Men: Apocalypse
Going into 2016 I thought “X-Men: Apocalypse” would easily make my top 10 of the year. This X-Men movie had all the right ingredients: return of the fan favorite cast, plus the additions of Olivia Munn as Psylocke, and the new versions of Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Archangel, and Nightcrawler.
Despite some brilliant moments lile Magneto with his family, Sophie Turner kicking ass, and another Quicksilver sequence, “X-Men: Apocalypse” never lived up to expectations. And I’m sorry, but I can’t forgive the lack of Psylocke and the few lines of dialogue she got.
9. Gods of Egypt
Gerard Butler plays an Egyptian…
8. Jason Bourne
Matt Damon is back for another high-stakes, high-octane thriller, as super spy Jason Bourne. This time, he’s playing cat and mouse with covert government agencies and terrorist rings while edging closer to unraveling the mystery of his real identity.
In other words, the same stuff Jason Bourne was doing in all the other Bourne movies. On the bright side, this installment has Alicia Vikander in it.
It’s sad, because there’s a good movie buried somewhere deep inside of Duncan Jones’s overstuffed adaptation of the hit video game.
Unfortunately, we’ll never see that version of “Warcraft” after this movie crashed and burned at the box office. Whatever good was in this movie, got lost amid too storylines, personality-free characters, bad acting, and generic CGI violence.
6. Money Monster
Some years ago a movie directed by Jodie Foster and starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts would have been a guaranteed hit. Today, both actor’s careers have seen better days, even though both are still very good I think.
But maybe it’s not all their fault, maybe its the material they’re given. I mean, a story about a Financial TV host and his producer put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio doesn’t exactly scream :Blockbuster.” That, and opening against “Captain America: Civil War” probably wasn’t a smart move.
5. Now You See Me 2
The first “Now You See Me” was one of my favorite movies of 2013. It kept the magic fun, creative, and limited to three big sequences.
Now You See Me 2 relied too much on CGI and the overall story about The Eye. In the process, all the fun and creativeness from he first movie was replaced by a revenge story, and Woody Harrelson playing a really creepy twin.
4.The Divergent Series: Allegiant
And you thought “Insurgent” was bad. 2016 was when The Divergent Series jumped the shark with its third installment that turned out to be boring, sloppy and filled with lifeless acting.
Instead of finishing Divergent the story as a TV movie or series, Liongate should just let the Divergent universe slip away peacefully before it does any more damage to the people working on these movies.
3. Miracles from Heaven
This was the wife’s choice, and a painful one at that. “Miracles from Heaven”
is based on the true story of young Annabel Beam, who suffers from an incurable digestive disorder. But when a string of miracles leads to her complete recovery, Annabel’s family and doctors are mystified.
I’m sorry, but this movie felt forced to me. I never bought into the acting, the cheesy stuff, and Eugenio Derbez as a doctor. If you’ve seen any of his other work then you know its hard to buy him as a doctor. Also, is this the only kind of movie Jennifer Garner makes now?
2. Hail, Caesar!
Another movie featuring George Clooney, but he was actually one of the better things in “Hail, Caesar!”
This convoluted movie would have fine had they stuck to the premise of a studio boss (osh Brolin) having to spend his time cleaning up messes and scandals. Instead, the movie takes a sharp left turn and becomes a story about communists in Hollywood.
Seriously Joel and Ethan Coen, WTF?
1. Independence Day: Resurgence
Despite all of the cheesy stuff in it, almost everyone had something they liked about 1996’s “Independence Day.” Tha movie had some cool effects, actions scenes, funny moments, and aliens attacking famous world monuments, and it turned Will Smith into a megastar.
“Independence Day: Resurgence” took away all the fun and the freshness that the original brough us. Even the special effects looked worse, how is that even possible? Not even the great Jeff Goldblum could save this pile of trash. Whoever said you can’t go home again, must have been talking about this movie.
And it’s clear that Will Smith’s best career decision in 2016 was saying “No” to the sequel that nobody asked for.