Following our ranking of the best films of 2014, we set ourselves to the painful task of looking back at movies so bad they almost made us get up out of our seats to leave the cinema. As usual, this subjective ranking is open to discussion, as we strongly believe that there is no better critic than yourself!
In this classic samurai story adapted for the big screen, Keanu Reeves is surrounded by a Japanese cast that speaks broken English from the first minute. Despite many sword battles, Hara-Kiris and chopped off limbs there is no blood to be seen in order to try and force the film into a more family friendly classification.
What could have been a rebirth for an already exhausted franchise, ended up being more of the same, with predictable spooky scenes and a terrible cast that attempts to force in some latino-jokes in order to win over the audience.
[dropcap size=dropcap-big]8[/dropcap] The Boxtrolls
The main contradiction of this stop-motion animation movie is that it wants to be a kids film, yet it tells a story that is not quite suitable for the little ones. This unfunny story focuses on a group of peaceful little monsters who are getting hunted, tortured and forced to work as slaves by a guy whose only aim is to kill a 10 year old kid in order to get a hat and increase his social status.
[dropcap size=dropcap-big]7[/dropcap] Serena
People excited with the return of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as co-stars were let down, as Serena delivered a slow and confusing story that no doubt made many viewers fall asleep during the film.
[dropcap size=dropcap-big]6[/dropcap] Annabelle
This prequel to The Conjuring wasted a huge chance to become a new horror classic. Anabelle is based on one of the creepiest dolls in cinema history, but it features a slow and predictable plot, that fails to amuse, despite a couple of good scenes.
[dropcap size=dropcap-big]5[/dropcap] Noah
This may just be the biggest let down of the year, as expectations were high for the Darren Aronofsky version of Noah. However, the weird and controversial plot, left conservative Christians as disappointed as regular viewers wishing to see a visual spectacle. The film wasn’t even able to deliver realistic digital animals during one of the most iconic sequences of the film.
[dropcap size=dropcap-big]4[/dropcap] A Million Ways to die in the West
Seth Macfarlane apparently spent more finding a way to use TED as a marketing tool to promote his Western comedy, than actually taking care of the film itself, as AMWD is a film that will be remembered mostly for Macfarlane’s inexperience in front of the camera. He repeats the same kind of jokes featured on Family Guy with his Brian Griffin-voice in order to try and win over the audience, something that he sadly never manages to do.
Thankfully, Macfarlane is surrounded by an A-List cast to save the film from ending up in the number 1 spot of this list.
[dropcap size=dropcap-big]3[/dropcap] The Amazing Spider-Man: Rise of Electro
Before its release, the Marc Webb sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man had comic book lovers extremely excited, especially with the rumours that the film was set to open the door for the infamous group of super-villains The Sinister Six, and with the confirmation of Jamie Foxx as Electro and Dane DeHaan as the Green Goblin it seemed like a surefire success.
So what went wrong?!…That’s the question we are still asking us today! because The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro ended up as one of the biggest super-hero fiasco’s since Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin, with a terrible script and a lead villain that actually looks like Arnold’s Mr. Freeze but with the personality of Jim Carey in The Cable Guy.
[dropcap size=dropcap-big]2[/dropcap] I, Frankenstein
The Monster of Frankenstein, portrayed by a gloriously miscast Aaron Eckhart, becomes an action-hero by joining a legion of Gargoyles to fight against evil. Seriously!?
[dropcap size=dropcap-big]1[/dropcap] Sex Tape
We were bombed with tv ads, movie clips and viral campaigns for what was expected to be one of the funniest comedy of 2014. However, instead of an actual comedy, Sex Tape was a 90 minute tv ad for Apple devices, featuring a lead cast with no chemistry at all. Moreover, the most memorable comedy bit during the film, which involved a German Sheppard chasing Jason Segel‘s character, is way too similar to a scene from Something About Mary, a comedy that’s also starring Cameron Diaz. Coincidence?