This is my list of the 10 worst films (that I’ve seen) of 2012. This list isn’t in any particular order since bad is bad. They should all be judged equally in how terrible they are.
1. “The Watch:” A terrible movie about a group of people that form a neighborhood watch, and manage to save the world from an alien invasion. A lot of foul language for no particular reason, and almost nothing funny happens. With the people involved you would think you would get a few chuckles out of it…
2. “The Hunger Games:” Poorly written, bad cinematography, sub-par acting, very little action, and from what I hear it pales in comparison to the book. Based off of the superior Japanese manga/movie “Battle Royale” this is something only fans of the book can enjoy. I am, however, extremely hopeful of the next three films (Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend”) is directing them).
3. “Piranha 3DD:” While its predecessor “Piranha 3D” was also a “bad” movie it was at least wildly entertaining. This was just painful to watch, and at the end I felt like I had just ruined my own day.
4. “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance:” I was so hopeful that this would be a kick-ass action flick that would jump start a real “Ghost Rider” franchise, but I was sadly mistaken. Idris Elba (“The Wire”) was the best part of the movie, and he was barely used. Not even the intensity of the directors that brought us “Crank” could salvage what Nicolas Cage has done to this franchise.
5. “House at the End of the Street:” What a horribly disappointing movie. While it was decently acted it was completely void of any real suspense or horror. Any twist or creative move to the plot was shown way ahead of time, and this quickly turned into a thriller for teenage girls (it stars their new idol Jennifer Lawrence from “The Hunger Games”).
6. “Wrath of the Titans:” A messy and muddles plot, horribly edited, over the top special effects mixed with the shaky camera gave it the “Transformers” feel in action scenes, and only half-way decent acting turned this swords-and-sandals epic into a terrible time in the theaters. I love Greek mythology, but because of this i’m reconsidering my obsession.
7. “The Cold Light of Day:” I was excited to see the new “Man of Steel” (Henry Cavill) in an action movie with Bruce Willis. Little did I know that I would be in for one of the most boring and predictable action movies to hit theaters this year, and please tell me why Sigourney Weaver feels the need to say yes to absolutely everything that comes across her desk.
8. “Silent House:” Was this meant to be a horror movie? Or was it really just meant to be an hour and a half long snooze fest about a girl that walks around a dark house jumping at shadows before finding out she was abused as a child. Weak plot twist for a weak movie.
9. “Playing for Keeps:” I don’t know why Gerard Butler (“Reign of Fire”) insists on making these romantic comedies. He is a far better action actor, but I guess (like what The Rock did) he is just trying to star in as much crap as possible to get his name to carry some weight. I feel like this is not the way to do it, and hopefully he wakes up like Dwayne Johnson did (“Faster” “Fast Five” and his upcoming films look fantastic!).
10. “Resident Evil: Retribution:” Quite possibly the worst entry into a franchise that was over before it started. When they decided to steer so drastically away from the source material I could tell the series would be garbage, and outside of the first two films I was correct. This was one of the biggest waste of times this year.
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