It happens, you invest big money in a film and you’re not able to reap the rewards…but sometimes you might…if you happen to be Michael Bay and rode the wave of a popular toy line and then some. For this list, I have been selective on the movies that most people would agree are indeed the worst of the worst and not movies that are not liked because of bias of the industry and elite critics. For example, “God’s Not Dead” which starred Kevin Sorbo (famous for playing the title character on the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) as the main antagonist atheist who teaches at the college and university level. Also, I will not include the recent Power Rangers movie since technically it bombed but it has a positive hold with its audience. These movies may deserve bad reviews or not…but it is one of those movies that critics will attack because of its content and message, or it’s just not DC, Marvel, Star Wars, or Star Trek, but the masses disagree. Again, the list here is what I see to be a consensus of people (elite and common) that agree that these movies…truly suck eggs. This is based upon website Rotten Tomatoes.
1. The Last Airbender (2010): Both critics and fans dislike how the movie was written. The all agree that the movie took too many creative liberties leaving the plot, and the acting very hallow and poor. There is no character development and heroes are truly zeros. It does not do the animated series any justice and one has to wonder how Nickelodeon had to weather through this live action adaptation.
2. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014): Like I said, its Michael Bay’s baby. You come to see the Transformers kick iron and steel. Not to see Mark Wahlberg playing overprotective father, but hey Nicola Peltz (who got hacked by Norman Bates/Mother on “Bates Motel”) is eye candy for certain audience members. Bay’s involvement in Transformers hinders the movie franchise even though he pulled a few rabbits with the first installment and “Dark Of The Moon,” but up until “The Last Knight,” “Age of Extinction” has proven to be the weak link in the Transformers movie series. Half the audience agree with the critics. This was not a good movie. If you waited for the DVD regarding this one…you made the right choice.
3. Green Lantern (2011): DC Comics was still trying to find its way beyond the more successful Superman and Batman movies although those franchises had clunkers along the way. This came out between the end of Smallville’s 10 year run on TV and before the successful Arrowverse was established, giving DC much better standing on the small screen rather than the big one. Green Lantern just tried too hard and they made Hal Jordon such an unlikeable guy…with no chance to truly redeem himself. Looks like Greg Berlanti was done a favor when he was not able to direct this movie. He truly helped DC on the TV side with his involvement in four of the current seven DC adaptions (not counting “Preacher” which is produced by Sony Pictures Television instead of DC/Warner Bros.). Berlanti will also serve of Executive Producer of “Black Lighting” which will begin midway through the 2017-2018 season. Oh, and in spite of a few cliffhangers in the Green Lantern movie…forget it. It will not be resolved. However, DC finally found someone to truly run on…that being Wonder Woman. Let us hope that Justice League can give Marvel’s Avengers a run for the money.
4. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013): This movie managed to slip through and like Transformers it might see a follow-up…thanks to the international movie market. Panned by the critics but the audience likely it…barely. This movie gives us an adult Hansel & Gretel who survived their experience with the witch and her gingerbread house (although Hansel needs to be on insulin). H&G become bad ass witch hunters for hire. They are challenged in this movie by Grand Witch Muriel. This movie might have been taken more serious if it did not go for a comedic angle. If you want to see a better modern adaption based on the tales of the Brothers Grimm, watch the TV series “Grimm” which ran for six seasons and 123 episodes.
5. R.I.P.D. (2013): Some comic book ideals should just be kept in the comic book world and R.I.P.D. (aka Rest In Peace Department) is one of those ideals that should have stuck with the comic book pages. Not even Jeff Bridges could save this movie. The premise of the movie is that there is an afterlife law enforcement agency that makes sure certain deceased souls get over their passing. These souls become soulless monsters called “deados.” R.I.P.D. officers are also given new identities and appearances in order to keep people in the dark about the afterlife. Kind of like time traveler Sam Becket in the TV series Quantum Leap. With $130 Million invested and a $78 million return…critics and audience members alike made sure that R.I.P.D. does truly indeed Rest In Peace…or Pieces.
6. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010): They just could not wait to reboot this movie franchise. There are people that are still attached to Robert Englund as the guy who enjoys murdering people in their sleep and does not need to break into your house to commit the crime since a group of parents seeking vigilante justice made that easy for him. If you want find out the backstory do that on your own. Jackie Earle Haley just could not make his Freddy Kruger stick and even though he is still working in the entertainment business…he just does not make blips on most peoples’ radar. He will appear in the third Tick incarnation (2nd Live Action series about an incompetent but loveable superhero) and stars in the upcoming movie “The Dark Tower.” Meanwhile if you must have a Freddy fix, there are eight movies with Robert Englund you can check out including the final movie in which Freddy takes on another slasher icon Jason Voorhees.