I've said it before and I'll say it again; I have a real love for film. There is no question that I get completely taken in by the hype that is generated around movies on their release. There are a multitude of blogs, YouTube channels and even TV shows dedicated to the build-up prior to the release of a movie, particularly if it's a blockbuster. Be honest with yourself, one of the best bits about visiting the cinema are the trailers. All of this makes that first glimpse of the actual film even better.
But what happens when you sit down at home or in the cinema and the film you have expected so much from isn't all it was cracked up to be? The feeling of excitement and anticipation turns into genuine rage. I've lost count of the disgusting and barbaric things I claim I'd rather do than "pay money to see that again." It may seem unreasonable to be so angry over a film, but in a time where cinema tickets are so expensive and there is such a high saturation of films released on a regular basis, I hope you'd forgive me for being livid at a film I've expected so much from.
So here it is, a list of films that were a massive let down. A lot of these films are sequels and with good reason. The films that preceded them created the hype for the followups. Other films on this list had an amazing PR campaign prior to the release. So take a look at the 10 films that should have been brilliant but let us down.
Disclaimer: There are one or two spoilers but they are marked. So if you don't want a movie ruined and you see the "s word" just move onto the next entry!
10 The Conjuring
9 Death Proof
Okay, this entry comes with a huge spoiler warning because the main issue with this film is the ending. So if you don't want it ruining for you, please skip to number 7!
7 Hostel: Part 2
6 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Much like Orphan earlier in the list, Insidious being on this list is for a very particular section of the film - the ending. There will be some (albeit very light) spoilers so, again, please move to number four if you haven't seen this film.
4 The Matrix Revolutions
3 300: Rise Of An Empire
2 The Purge (And The Purge: Anarchy)
1 Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
It feels wrong to see that combination of words at the top of a list for poor films. Sin City was stylish, gripping and a benchmark for what an outstanding movie should be. It had an all-star cast and a script to go with it. So when the second instalment was announced with a lot of the same cast and the inclusion of some big hitters (Josh Brolin, Eva Green and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to name a few) there was a real buzz around Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Unfortunately this film was a stain on the incredible precedent set by its predecessor. The story was all over the place and didn't have the stark fluidity we had come to expect from the original movie. Some of the graphics that made the first film so good were so overdone, they went from being clever to just being... there. Unfortunately, for fans of the first film, the expectation was not met, by a long shot. Sequels are often a risk but A Dame To Kill For missed the mark by too far.
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