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Added by robertstackvoice on 10 Nov 2012 02:35
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Worst Films of 2012

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A prime example of impressive actors doing what they can to elevate a dull and cliche' ridden screenplay that's always adrift in nothing interesting.
While there are... moments within 'Expendables 2' that boarder the type of 80s action movie style I loved in my youth, the problem remains that the moment these characters open there mouths only bullshit spews out. To this day I can go back and re-watch several of these guys' respectable action fair and they all have been Daniel Day-Lewis compared to some of the shit they say in this film.

Now I get that it's basically supposed to be 100 minutes of fan servitude. I don't think there's too much wrong with that, but when you're so gimmicky to the point of not bothering to even kind of attempt a story with a little more relevance or intrigue then why bother? Why put together characters who don't really spit out one-liners as much as they just make incoherent and idiotic statements? Why does Chuck Norris appear to the tune of 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'? Why even make a large scale ending shoot out in which none of the heroes aim their guns once and simply pump round after round into a crowded airport and low & behold NEVER even grazes a civilian?! There is an acceptable limit to how much blatant disregard for taste, logic or general film making skill I can take even within a genre film and for me this crossed it.
I'm within the minority of people who wasn't an awe of 'Taken'. At best I thought it was a family friendly version of 'Man on Fire'. Now I love Liam Neeson. Fantastic actor of many genres and for me made one of his best performances in January with 'The Grey'.

'Taken 2' however is just a boring, drab, exercise in trying way to hard to make a stylish action thriller which is devoid of any real drama. The villains, while actually having a decent motive conduct themselves in such disbanded ways to just make them easier to kill without another baddie noticing. And in what might have been an interesting turn of events in which Maggie Grace (his kidnapped daughter from the first film) could turn out to be cut from the same cloth as dear old dad, she's just kind of placed as a back-burner kind of helper for a couple sequences.

Even with not loving the first film, a pointless sequel might have been fun if they didn't play it all so safe.
McG shouldn't make movies. Plain and simple. Almost everything about 'This Means War' is stupid. Pine & Hardy as professional assassins fighting over the same girl and playing spy pranks on one another. Reese Witherspoon listening to friend Chelsea Handler coaching her to just play them both despite the fact that she doesn't like doing it, but does it anyway. And countless action, comedy cliche' that weren't funny in the 90s and sure as shit isn't now.
I'll actually say that there's a couple of performances that work. But by and large it's all crap. First off I dislike turning 80s power ballads into Broadway pop. Second considering the time period and plot an R-rating would've maybe led to some real pulpy moments to counter the lame ones. And third, before shooting it's probably best to figure out if the actors can sing and if the singers can act.
Dear people,

Stop paying Fox & Blue Sky to make these films. I know the kids love em', but that's cause they don't know any better. There are TONS of better animated films that they can see where the jokes aren't all bottom tier. There is no reason there should be four... FOUR 'Ice Age' films when only the first one was worth the effort.
Personally I actually don't hate this franchise. Granted the only I one enjoyed was the first film (and still do), but it's not as poor as so many of the other horror film franchises we've gotten in the last decade. At least they try... or they did until this one.

PA-4 is full of cheaper than cheap tricks, painfully boring characters that you actually want to see die and the one thing it did have going for it, the whole ghost, witch coven legend aspect is barely touched on and offers zero expansion. I know in 2013 we'll be getting both PA 5 AND a latino spin off... so hopefully the brain trust behind the franchise will re-assess their stories and overall concept direction.
Congrats, they made the whole series of terrible books into a whole series of even worse films. I'll go ahead and say the best laughs you'll get are within the first twenty minutes. You get Bella attacking a mountain lion, scaling a mountain and screaming "Nessie? You nick-named my daughter after the Loch Ness Monster?!". And a creepy CGI baby. That one you just have to see.

After that however it's the same over exposition into a bunch of shit we don't care about. Soundtrack fills in which nothing happens but the characters staring off at the wall. And a final sequence that's basically an outdoor courtroom scene; complete with a hilarious surprise witness testimony to clear everything up. But hey, there's good news. It's all over.
I hated this first 'Journey to the Center of the Earth', but I thought hey The Rock and Michael Caine?! Could get fun right? Fuck... no.

Beyond the bad cliche's, worse jokes and overlong action sequences which look like amusement park rides; the film is so, so boring. Even at it's loudest 'Journey 2' begs you to fall asleep in it.
For me Christophe Gans' 'Silent Hill' film remains one of the very few video game adaptations that I think at least works. It's far from great and has moments that are quite stupid, but there's a lot of effort and care done to try to make it atmospheric and interesting. Which I dug.

'Silent Hill: Revelation' is utter shit. There are moments that appear syfy channel quality. Moments that even appear student film quality. The CGI effects are horribly inconsistent, but the worst qualities are truly the make up effects and the disjointed plot. You guys ever wanted to see Pyramid Head as the good guy? Well here you go! How about an final conflict in which the hero hugs it out with her evil self? We got that too.

This turd also comes with two woefully unnecessary cameos by Malcolm McDowell and Carrie Ann-Moss as two of the main baddies in human-ish form. Both chew up the scenery and maybe that's all they could do considering the script, but its nevertheless sad to see.

At some point in the future video games will over take comic books in big tent-pole film adaptations. But studios have got to start looking for smarter stories (either from the game or not) and smarter filmmakers to create those worlds anew for a different audience. But if they keep squirting out wet shits like this and 'Resident Evil' then it'll be a long time before we're seeing any accepted as a legitimate film.

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