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Top 10 worst movies 2019
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Notes: If Brian De Palma always did have some ups and downs during his prolific career, this was probably his lowest point so far, I’m afraid. Seriously, pretty much nothing worked in this flick. The first thing that bothered me was the music. Indeed, not only it was completely generic, but it was also omnipresent, and, above all, it almost never matched the scene that was taking place. Then, if the cast seemed interesting enough, they all gave some rather weak performances, especially Carice van Houten who was pretty pathetic but, on the other hand, she wasn’t helped with this material. However, eventually, the biggest issue was with the story though. Indeed, even though it was again pretty generic, it still managed to be quite confusing and the end-result was just a boring mess. I mean, it was apparently supposed to be some kind of international spy thriller dealing with terrorism with several international locations but , while it might sound ambitious, it was never convincing, interesting or entertaining whatsoever. It’s such a pity that Brian De Palma could deliver such a weak movie in this genre when the guy actually used to be a thriller master back in the 80’s and 90’s.
Murder Mystery (2019)
Notes: Even though it didn’t turn out to be one of Sandler’s worst movies, it still turned out to be one of his laziest. The best example would be how, out of the blue, the main character decided to go on a trip in Europe with his wife. I mean, sure, they didn’t seem to be poor but they definitely didn’t have the financial means to take such a sudden trip. Then, even if Adam Sandler and Jennifer Anniston have been friends apparently for years, they didn’t really have much chemistry as a couple. Furthermore, it didn’t help that if Sandler was rather believable as a loser police officer (not exactly a huge challenge for him though), Anniston was not convincing at all as a blue-collar hairdresser. Concerning the plot itself, well, like most movies involving Sandler, I don’t think it was such a bad concept but, unfortunately, it was again so poorly developed. Basically, it felt like some kind of weak mix of a Cluedo game and an Agatha Christie mystery novel. Indeed, to parody a genre which is already rather silly to start with like the mystery novel is rather tricky and the makers here just failed miserably. Seriously, all the characters were just rather tedious and most of the jokes were lame.
Rim of the World (2019)
Notes: Well, that’s not with this movie that McG will improve his poor reputation, that’s for sure. I guess it might be slightly more enjoyable for kids around 12 years but I was just bored by the damned thing. In fact, I always hated summer camps so the concept actually some potential but, unfortunately, they chose such a boring and generic approach. On top of that, the CGI was pretty ugly and it wasn’t much better than what you would get from a ‘Resident Evil’ video-game but that wasn't even the biggest issue here. Indeed, to make things worse, all the kids involved were just pretty weak, except for the black boy who was not bad but he wasn’t helped by the fact that his character was very often rather obnoxious. And what was the deal with these Chinese girl?!? I mean, she was very cute but, if I understand correctly, she was an orphan who came all the way to the US to join some summer camp but Why? And how did she get the money for such a journey? Maybe I did miss something but, to be honest, I don’t really care.
Angel Has Fallen (2019)
Notes: I have to admit that ‘London Has Fallen’ was slightly better than its predecessor so I thought I might as well check this 3rd instalment. Well, unfortunately, this sequel turned out to be a huge step back, I’m afraid. Indeed, above all, the plot was just so generic and seriously tedious. I mean, by now, I can’t remember how many flicks I have seen dealing with the main character being setup for some complot. Obviously, Mike Banning then spent most of the duration trying to prove his innocence while the good guys and bad guys were hunting him down. I mean, all this was not necessarily a bad idea but the biggest issue was that the makers didn't add anything new, surprising or entertaining with these tired old concepts and, as a result, I was seriously bored through the whole thing. It was also pretty obvious that they had slashed in the budget (it was apparently almost half cheaper than ‘Olympus Has Fallen’) as, this time around, they didn’t have a huge cast of over-qualified actors involved. They still managed to add Danny Huston, Nick Nolte and Jada Pinkett Smith to this franchise though. Huston was actually not bad, Nolte was obviously completely wasted but I felt above all bad for Pinkett Smith. Is it really the only gig she could find to show to the world that she still has a career beside being Miss Will Smith?
Charlie's Angels (2019)
Notes: Well, I’m not surprised that it turned out to be a flop at the box-office. In fact, there is a fair chance that the two movies directed by McG, which were massively trashed when they were released, might be actually better than this borefest. It’s rather funny that some critics took the defence of this movie by claiming that it did work because they took this (rather outdated) concept with a supposedly feminist approach. However, this thin layer of feminism was certainly not enough to cover the fact that the whole thing was just so generic and, above all, so tedious. You might wonder what a solid action director could have done with this material as Elizabeth Banks, with her sophomore directing effort, obviously had no clue how to make the action scenes exciting or least a little bit more entertaining. Even more problematic was that the ‘funny’ scenes were not much better either. Concerning the trio of girls involved, I understand and appreciate that they tried to not present them as some sex objects, however, none of them was convincing whatsoever. Basically, the whole thing was not much better than a group of girls playing ‘pretend'.
Notes: This movie will probably be remembered as the most misguided movie released in 2019. Indeed, ever since ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’ had been released, the fans had been demanding to get a third instalment directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Ron Perlman but, instead of finally granting their wish, for some reasons, they decided after all to reboot the damned thing which remains such a bewildering decision. To be honest, I have to admit that I have never been a huge fan of the previous instalments directed by del Toro but, eventually, a Hellboy flick without del Toro turned to be so much worse than I expected. Seriously, not only the story was often ridiculous but, above all, it was just so damned boring. Basically, it was so bad that during the second half, I almost fell asleep. At least, David Harbour looked pretty badass and I think he was a decent replacement for Ron Perlman but, to be honest, it was probably the only thing that did work in this movie.
Notes: I have to admit that it was an ambitious movie with an interesting concept. Indeed, after watching people being stuck in the Matrix, in some weird Alien world (‘Dark City’), in a TV-show (‘The Truman Show’) or in a book (‘Stranger Than Fiction’), why not in a video-game? At least, it sounded more appealing than watching Matthew McConaughey endlessly trying to catch some big tuna. Unfortunately, even though this concept definitely had some potential, it turned out to be so poorly developed, I’m afraid. The first issue was with the characters. I’m still not sure if it was because they were poorly written or because the actors involved gave some rather weak performances, especially Anne Hathaway who was seriously rather cringe-inducing to behold. Of course, you could argue that it was done on purpose because, after all, they were no real people but some characters in a video-game, but even within this concept, it didn't make these characters more interesting or entertaining. The other major issue were the major plot-holes through the whole thing. In fact, I think that probably half of the movie displayed some form of plot-holes. I'm not sure which one was the most problematic or the most annoying one but I would go for the fact that some characters in this video-game would suddenly become so aware without a shred of explanation.
Miss Bala (2019)
Notes: Even though there were some good ideas and the damned thing had some potential, it turned out to be pretty weak, I’m afraid. Above all, their approach to the material was just completely wrong. Indeed, after watching ‘Narcos’ also on Netflix, with its gritty and raw approach to handle your average Latin cartel, it was rather difficult to take this movie seriously. Of course, you could blame Catherine Hardwicke but with her directing debut ‘Thirteen’, she had delivered one of the most realistic depiction of teenagers I have seen. Another missed opportunity was also how they handled Lino, the bad guy. Indeed, there were some scenes during which they displayed some interesting depth regarding this character but, each time around, this guy was acting again like any other generic bad guy. In my opinion, it would have been so much more interesting if he would have been actually a nice and smart man. As a result, it would have greatly confused the main character and their relationship would have been so much more complex and entertaining. Concerning Gina Rodriguez, she was not bad, at least, she did nail the girl-next-door look but, beside this, to be honest, she didn’t really impress me.
The Dead Don't Die (2019)
Notes: Even it if was maybe not Jim Jarmusch’s worse movie, unfortunately, it was still his laziest effort so far. Basically, the main issue was probably that there was no pulse whatsoever. Of course, that’s something that you could argue about most of Jim Jarmusch’s movies but the issue in this case was that he tried to deliver a comedy but the damned thing was barely funny after all. I mean, at some point, when Bill Murray asks Adam Driver how he knows that everything will end badly, Driver tells him he knows it because Jim gave him the full script. And that was one of the better jokes. Furthermore, even if Jarmusch probably gathered his strongest cast so far but, it actually backfired. Indeed, there were basically too many characters involved and, as a result, none of them was really developed. Even worse, none of them was really interesting or entertaining. It’s such a shame because, a couple of years ago, Jarmusch managed to do something really neat with the vampire genre with ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’. However, this time, he tried to tackle the current zombie craze but, unfortunately, he did absolutely nothing interesting with an already completely overdone genre.
Notes: Following the debacle around ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ (a movie which wasn't so bad in my opinion), EuropaCorp, Luc Besson’s film production, was on the verge of bankruptcy so he apparently decided to take no risk with his following directing effort. However, as a result, he did deliver something terribly derivative and, even more problematic, it turned out to be another flop at the box-office. Well, to be honest, I didn’t care much for the damned thing. First of all, following the footsteps of Anne Parillaud, Milla Jovovich, Rie Rasmussen, Louise Bourgoin, Scarlett Johansson and Cara Delevingne, Sasha Luss was the latest gorgeous lady that Besson had chosen to headline his action flick but, to be honest, even though she did look fine indeed, her performance was rather weak though. A bigger issue was that the whole thing was just so poorly written. I mean, I actually have a weak spot for the genre, the action flicks dealing with a lethal female spy, but this movie was pretty much a really weak version of ‘Nikita’, which is still by far my favourite movie from Besson. Furthermore, to make the whole thing look more complicate than it actually was, they went for a mixed-up chronology which was usually more annoying than really effective. Of course, the main character had to have some rather meaningless love affairs with not one but two other spies but, beyond the fact that Sasha Luss had very little chemistry with her co-stars, it all felt rather random and gratuitous.
These are the worst movies I have seen which came out in 2019.
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