6. Movie 43
Thank god, George Clooney and Richard Gere had left the film “Movie 43”, otherwise it has a hypnotic power to transform loyal supporters into enraged haters. This preceding line can be a massive exaggeration, but the film had some hypnotic powers for sure.
Otherwise, it would have been impossible to gather such a strong cast and crew and make a film that will be a contender for one of the worst film ever made. It would be a better story of how the film had ever been green-lighted than the actual plot of the film, a film of so abysmal quality that even Adam Sandler would have refused any day.
A funny situation will not necessarily make a funny scene, and here the situations are also scarce. It is a brave attempt to express the atrocities happened on screen and everyone is not so brave; but be advised that the films don’t have a singular good thing on it, everything is offensive to the level of 10 power exemplification of an Adam Sandler comedy. Probably this is the reason Razzies started in the first place.
7. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
After an entry such as “Movie 43”, BvS can look like the best film ever made for mankind. But it isn’t. A Question to the gentle readers, “Would you bleed?” Because if you haven’t, after watching this film you will bleed for sure. An example of typical franchise debauchery, from the very beginning, this film was more interested in making the ground for its next installment than making a coherent, good standalone film.
The action sequences and bad CGI has now become common comic movie tropes, but this is a film that will disappoint both comic book lovers and apathetic alike. Snyder failed massively to present to the conflict in a satisfying way, or he didn’t even try, in a film whose main highlight was the promised conflict between one demigod and one genius superhero. And the film didn’t understand the comic book character of Lex Luthor and made him a weird caricature between Joker and Steve Zuckerberg. You will not forget the cringe-worthy Martha joke for a long time.
8. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
George Lucas was massively off the mark in the first installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. It started with the basic premise when the story of a sci-fi space spectacle meant for family viewing starts with tax issues. It destroys the whole potential of the film in the very beginning. Still, there were chances to revert, but Lucas overstuffed his new film with uninteresting creatures and bad mythologies and didn’t bother to base the film on a new planet which could become a welcome relief.
There was no point of wasting so much time in Anakin Skywalker’s childhood when all that information can be presented in alternative ways. The film didn’t even have a compelling villain like Darth Vader, Palpatine is not menacing enough and Darth Maul was not given enough time to make an impression. If Lucas thought that the withstanding legacy of the first three films would easily do the thing for him, he was wrong; it may be good for the box office at present, but history wouldn’t judge you good and it didn’t.
9. Battlefield Earth
It can be one of the favorites of Quentin Tarantino, but that doesn’t warrant “Battlefield Earth” as a good film; who knows, maybe he was in trance then. The only thing “Battlefield Earth” did good was bombarding the film with unnecessary dutch angles. It may be unnecessary, but it is a good practice exercise for the budding cinematographers. The fantasy land created by Roger Christian would be remembered for decades, but it is not necessarily a good thing.
The film would be remembered long for horrendous direction, bad acting and production design, weird transition and slow motions. But again, true for most of the entries in this list, if the film can be viewed without many expectations and leaving the brain aside, it may overwhelm the viewer with it’s “so bad its good” tropes. Roger Christian introduced a lot of Scientological subtext into the film, but we should leave that for advanced alien races; this is not a film made for average human brains.
10. Double Jeopardy
“Double Jeopardy” is not bad at the script level, but the bad direction is responsible for its bad reputation. Bruce Beresford misjudged the plot progressions of an otherwise average nineties thriller, headed by a respectable cast of Ashely Judd and Tommy Lee Jones.
The director doesn’t know anything about the legal double jeopardy, but that could have been excused if he showed accuracy in other departments. The film could become a decent work if the machinations were presented in details, but the director chose the aftermath and created a cliched, boring thriller.