Have you ever been in a situation where you watch a movie and forget it an hour after viewing? You remember you saw it, but seem to be incapable of telling someone what happened in it or what the story was. It is a difficult feeling to describe. It is very shallow and, if you are like me, makes you wonder why you are passionate about movies in the first place.
You can’t really talk about those movies to someone who asks you about them. Indeed, there is nothing to discuss aside from any other aspect of your day when you saw it. The conversation you are having is going to drift about the trailers you got in front of the movie, what the guy who sat next to you smelt like, what colour the chairs of the theaters were, even how many times you checked your watch whilst watching the movie.
There has been several movies from 2015 that left me feeling this way. Thus, I decided to put them in a list just to see if I am the only one who thought these movies were underwhelming and dull. Here is a compilation of movies you are going to forget even existed three hours after reading this article.
Whenever Jake Gyllenhaal‘s name is attached to a project, my curiosity instantly increases by a tenfold. He was the main reason why I went to see Everest in theatres and Gyllenhaal owes me one as this movie’s entire plot starts and ends with its title.
The flick is just an excuse to showcase beautiful landscape and coerce the viewer to see it in IMAX and thus, considerably increasing the movie’s profit. Moreover, the stakes have never been lower as one character’s reason to climb the Everest is so that he could write an article about it.
When a massive storms hit, this character, whose name is of no importance, takes the perfectly reasonable decision of continuing climbing the mountain in the face of impending doom. Now that is a person whose judgment seems rational. This movie feels like a quick cash in which completely overlooked its script and storyline.
14. Black Mass
If someone would have told me how boring Black Mass would turn out to be 18 months ago, I would have laughed at them. Especially since the trailers for this flick were so promising because they starred a Johnny Depp who actually cared enough about the movie he was in as to demonstrate to the viewer he still knows how to act.
Black Mass was supposed to be filled with excitement as it depicts the story of a notorious crime boss who managed to elude the FBI for decades. Instead of delivering thrills and chills like The Departed did, a movie which tells the same story but in a much more interesting manner, Black Mass decides instead to bore the viewer with scenes where people are looking intently at the camera for seemingly no apparent reason.
13. Terminator Genisys
My father has always been a Terminator fan. I can only imagine his utter disappointment when he watched Terminator Genisys with me. This movie left us desperately trying to find a saving grace and a justification for its existence.
The flick stars Emilia Clarke, forever known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen, and it is obvious to the viewer Clarke can only play a silver-haired conqueror with credibility. Basically, she seems completely disinterested every time she is on screen as she is used to having better lines to say.
The worst part is the movie had potential on paper as the story depicts how John Connor sent his father to the past in order to save his mother. It pains me to say the movie is an utter CGI borefest and the viewer has zero emotional connection to the characters presented to him.
I have seen the Terminator Genisys on two occasions and I still have difficulty telling someone what happened in those two and a half hours of nothingness. I forgot this movie the second the credits started rolling.
12. Ted 2
After seeing One Thousand Ways to Die in the West, I immediately lowered my expectations for Seth MacFarlane‘s next project Ted 2. It is a shame it turned out to be such a disappointment as I quite enjoyed the first instalment as it was a funny and rather creative idea when it first hit theatres in 2011.
However, the novelty of seeing a teddy bear swear for two hours is short lived. One can easily cut out 30 minutes of this movie and nothing of importance would be gone. Of course, you might laugh a couple of times watching this movie but you will immediately hate yourself shortly after. It so happens that you will realize how desperate you are at grasping any bit of entertainment you can find of this dragging sit.
Seth MacFarlane seems to be surrounded by a crowd of fanboys who skew his perception of reality and the quality of his comedy. The people who find enjoyment out this movie are the same people we can thank for Family Guy being the absolute mess it has become.
Maybe I am being too harsh by adding Cinderella to this list as it is a serviceable adaptation of the animated classic. However, it is only that, a frame by frame adaptation of the Disney feature without bringing anything new to the table.
Disney has started to give their older movies a modern spin by having live-action retellings of their well remembered and beloved works. In recent years, moviegoers had the opportunity to see Maleficent, Tarzan, and The Jungle Book. Even Pete’s Dragon had a remake, a movie which nobody asked or cared for as the original version was witnessed by only a select few kids.
Cinderella is such a boring movie to sit through as we all know the story, how it ends, its message, which this movie hammers you over the head over and over till the point of permanent brain damage, and that simply does not make for an endearing movie going experience.
10. The Man from U.N.C.L.E
I cannot say I am the biggest Guy Ritchie fan as his time in the sun seems to have been forever ago. I have never found a person who declares themselves as a Guy Ritchie fan. Of course, I am certain they are out there, but they seem to not be too eager to manifest themselves. I can’t blame them as Ritchie’s movies have been quite forgettable for a while. His Sherlock Holmes adaptations are alright but they feel lukewarm and his latest feature, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, is cinematic fluff. It is nothing wrapped in a pretty visual style. Sure, the actors seemed like they had fun on set but their amusement is not channeled to the viewer.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is just a movie you stream on Netflix when you can’t seem to find anything to watch. Good luck trying to watch it completely without pausing it or deciding to watch something else midway through.
The original Poltergeist is a horror fan’s darling and has created a cult due to its weird production myths and incidents. Its 2015 reimaging is a movie no horror movie fan wanted as it surely wouldn’t be worthy of being linked to the original.
I don’t consider myself as someone who is knowledgeable when it comes to the horror movie genre but I can only sympathizes with its fanbase as this movie is more “horrible” than horror. The remake is a prime example of a great idea being executed poorly. Ideas need to have a competent team behind them in order to create an extraordinary film. Otherwise, the movie is going to be boring regardless of how good the concept is.
Moreover, the acting is wooden and the writer’s attempts at humor are laughably bad. It is no wonder this movie only stayed a couple of weeks in theatres and disappeared of everyone’s minds shortly after.
8. The Age of Adeline
Romantic movies are easily forgettable as the majority of them are quick cash-ins released during Valentine’s Day or New Year Eve’s. Moreover, it seems to be mandated that each one of those movies has to have its own gimmick. Watching the interactions of the same couple you’ve seen in 20 other movies in a particular setting does not make for remarkable cinema. It is just the same non-compelling story but with a different background.
The Age of Adeline follows the trend of predictable and boring romantic movies. It is a by the numbers story of a relationship where one of the members has a secret. The reveal of this said secret takes forever to unravel and the viewer would have completely checked out by then. The audience lack of emotional connection to these characters leaves the romantic tension to fall flat. Moreover, the actors have zero to no chemistry between them and makes the characters relationship hard to believe.
7. Hot Pursuit
TV actors have a hard time transitioning to the silver screen. Even the best of them seem to star in abysmal movie projects, the last of them being Kevin Spacey whose role in Nine Lives, a movie about a man turning into a cat, has made every single House of Cards fan cringe. In 2015, Sofia Vergara, famous for her role in the TV show Modern Family, co-starred in this failed comedy and she stumbles throughout it. Her delivery is similar to her TV show, however, on Modern Family she plays a supporting character and in Hot Pursuit she plays the lead. Her louder than life persona is great in small doses but becomes overbearing in a feature length comedy.
However, Miss Vergara is not the only who makes this 97-minute flick feel exorbitantly long. Reese Witherspoon‘s comedic timing is utterly off and fails to make the viewer laugh even once.
This movie sits at an atrocious 7% on Rotten Tomatoes which is where it belongs. Bad movies are hard to sit through, but a bad comedy in the likes of Hot Pursuit is almost impossible to see in its entirety.
I have never seen a single episode of Entourage, but I know of its existence as it ran from 2004 to 2011. People seem to like the show as it sits at an 8.5 on IMDB and even critics seem to fond of it. However, its movie follow-up has left fans and critics alike in a state of boredom and disinterest.
It should be obvious to movie producers by now that what works in a TV episode is not necessarily going to translate well into a feature-length movie. I am not sure who the intended audience for this movie is supposed to be. The fans of the show seem to despise the movie and anyone who hasn’t seen it is completely at a loss as to why these characters are supposed to be interesting enough to warrant eight seasons of the show. Undoubtedly, this was the most confusing watch on this list.
5. The Walk
Made to be experienced in IMAX just like Everest in order to suck some extra money from the viewer’s pocket, The Walk is only visually breathtaking towards the end where Levitt’s character performs the titled walk between the Twin Towers.
Do not get me wrong, that scene is tense as it is technically greatly executed, but everything that came before the scene was inconsequential and dull. The relationship scenes in this movie feel so calculated one might believe the script was written with a T-83. It pains me to watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt waste his time in such a boring script. This is a movie which fails to deliver on its interesting and original premise.
To add insult to injury, writer and director Robert Zemeckis, who created cinematic classics like Back To The Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, seems to have forgotten how to write compelling characters and that is a shame.
4. The Good Dinosaur
Or should I say the forgettable dinosaur? All jokes aside, nothing hurts me more than witnessing the steady quality downfall of the recent Pixar movies.
Sure Inside Out was a fine movie, but Pixar did not enjoy its comeback for long as only a couple months after its release came The Good Dinosaur. I am starting to feel Pixar is running out of ideas as watching dinosaurs perform seemingly human task as gardening is not emotionally moving, it is just an outright ridiculous idea which should have been left on the drawing board.
Directors over at Pixar seem to have reached a plateau when it comes to storytelling and their formula has run its course. I hope they manage to revive themselves during the rest of this decade as the 2010s have not been all that great for the studio. Of course Toy Story 3 was enjoyable and beloved by most, but that is the exception which makes the rule. All in all, I feel like Pixar can do so much better than being mediocre.
3. Magic Mike XXL
When Magic Mike came to theaters back in 2012, I was a 16-year-old whose friends dragged along to see Channing Tatum dance for a couple of hours. I honestly felt embarrassed when I asked the cashier for the ticket and hated my friends for putting me in such an awkward predicament.
To my surprise, the movie had an actual plot and message which was something unexpected from a movie whose audience is squealing throughout it. Little did I know every single good aspect of the movie would be thrown out of the window for the sequel.
Lacking Matthew McConaughey, whose portrayal of Dallas in the original is the single best thing of the original movie, Magic Mike XXL‘s first couple of minutes are dedicated to telling the audience McConaughey won’t be in it. It is like telling the viewer to leave the theatre while they still can get their tickets refunded.
2. Hot Tub Time Machine 2
The title of this movie alone conveys a lack of seriousness. However, it is not because the makers of the movie did not care to create a quality product that they get a free pass to completely disregard any sort of effort.
The original Hot Tub Time Machine was a stoner comedy which had its charm and was a serviceable movie for what it was worth. Its sequel, which came five years after the original, left me wondering why this movie got made in the first place. How did this project get funded by a studio? Who decided this was something worth people’s time and money? Hollywood pulls the plug on movie projects daily and somehow this poor attempt at comedy makes it to theatres. It is mesmerizing we are living in a world where Dredd won’t get a sequel but Hot Tub Time Machine deserved one.
1. San Andreas
Back in the 1990s, people loved disaster movies because audiences were not accustomed to CGI yet and its endless possibilities were endearing for the average moviegoer. However, CGI has been around for over two decades now and the general public has grown used to seeing buildings blowing up and massive natural disaster being in any blockbuster.
San Andreas is the type of movie that would have come out in the 90s during the disaster movie craze because it completely disregards its characters and merely focuses on the special effects.
San Andreas was directed by Brad Peyton, the mind behind cinematic flops Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore which was a sequel to a 2001 movie who was lone forgotten. Apparently, Brad Peyton is reminiscent of early 2000s and late 90s cinematic landscape and, based on the commercial results of both of those movies, he clearly seems to be the only one.
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