Top 10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2016


After looking at my most anticipated movies of 2017, it’s time to look back at the movies of 2016 and more specifically, the ones that didn’t deliver. These movies are not the worst movies of 2016. These are the movies that have either started with a lot of potential but have let me down by the end or movies that I had big expectations and let me down anyways. These are the movies that should have been great but ended up being big disappointments.

10. Jason Bourne


Not as bad as others on this list, Jason Bourne was not where it should be. Definitely the worst of the franchise, Paul Greengrass did not make this franchise’s big return start well. A bad subplot, poor camera work, and predictability made Jason Bourne a disappointment for fans and a terrible start for new sequels.

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9. Independence Day: Resurgence


Remember when Independence Day was a fun movie? Well, not anymore. My enjoyment of Independence Day: Resurgence lied within my enjoyment of the new moving seats in my local theater. Sure there are moments of pure fun, but it often tried too hard to be something serious.

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8. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children


Tim Burton and a unique YA novel sound like a great mix. From the start, Miss Peregrine was a rather good movie. However, some bizarre and tonally awkward moments keep this film from being great. That scene with the skeletons and monsters fighting in a carnival to techno music is still one of the worst scenes of 2016.

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7. The Light Between Oceans 


The Light Between Oceans was supposed to be an Oscar contender. Imagine what happened when I got out of seeing this movie. Emotionless, soapy and overlong, Cianfrance (director of Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond The Pines) gets tangled with a rather compelling story.

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6. Allied 


Another movie with Oscar buzz that got away from us. Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard give all around poor performances, and no suspense is giving to us in this thriller. Allied can’t decide which story to tell and ultimately leaves both stories with only the surface scratched.

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5. It’s Only The End Of The World 


Xavier Dolan has made his first bad movie. Not only does It’s Only The End Of The World have no story, but it totally wastes Marion Cotillard, who has not had a good year with this and Allied. The cast made of Lea Seydoux and Gaspard Ulliel is completely mistreated. Oh, and let’s not forget the pretentious metaphors.

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4. Morgan 


Anya Taylor Joy finds herself rising high with The Witch. Here though she is the only good part in this sci-fi thriller. The characters are uncompelling while the story’s central idea never fully capitalizes. What could have been the Ex Machina of 2016 is instead another forgotten mediocre sci-fi with potential.

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3. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


This is will surely be on a lot of people’s worst lists and for a good reason. Batman v Superman just couldn’t deliver to the expectations. I liked that it was trying to appeal to a mature audience and differentiate itself from Marvel. However, the cartoonish villain and the failure to captivate was what ultimately resulted in Batman v Superman to get the third spot on this list.

2. The Girl On The Train


After Gone Girl, I had high hopes for The Girl On The Train, and I was quickly disappointed by what it ultimately became. Emily Blunt was by far the only thing good about this. The rest was flat out boring and uninspired. Instead of having an intricate mystery, we were left with a Lifetime original movie.

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1. Suicide Squad


Harley Quinn, The Joker, and Deadshot all in one movie. It’s going to be great right? Not one bit. Apart from interesting characters (thanks to the comics), nothing in Suicide Squad is good. The horrible choppy editing and the horrific third act are just the on the surface of this terrible DCEU movie.

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What is your most disappointing movie of 2016? Tell me down below or tweet me @Plan_Zd

‘Allied’ Review: Robert Zemeckis Directs A Tonally Jumbled War Thriller

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard disappoints in an all-around hit and miss thriller

You know when you have two brilliant ideas but just can’t pick one? Yes? Well, Robert Zemeckis feels your pain. On the one hand, Zemeckis wants to tell a story about two agents who fall in love with each other and on the contrary, he intends to tell a story about a doubtful relationship. Although, both are great ideas and none of them get the attention they fully deserve.

During WWII, an agent by the name of Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) gets set up with a beautiful French girl named Marianne Beauséjour (Marion Cotillard). Both of the missions are clear – to take down a German official. At first, they both act as husband and wife before beginning to fall in love.

Just when things look to be in the right direction, Max gets a phone call from his superior. This call is an important one as they reveal to him that suspicion has risen that his loving wife may actually be a German spy. If this is proven to be true, Max will have no other choice but to kill her himself.

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard lack chemistry in this war romance-thriller

Allied has its moments of pure joy, and that is exactly why it is hard to forgive its flaws. When moments of pure dread and suspense happen, the movie feels fresh. Each character is pinned against each other, and the anxiety is ready to rise. However, the tone constantly changes, and it does it always do it with ease. The change to romance halts the movie without ever giving Pitt and Cotillard’s characters some depth.

Speaking of Pitt and Cotillard, they both look bored and uninspired throughout the film. Pitt’s quiet voice down to Earth style of acting only comes off as boring. Cotillard, while better, does not fully commit to her intelligent livelier character. What is weirder is that the changes in their characters are abrupt and it does not work. Allied‘s shift in tones proves a challenge for both actors.

On written paper, Allied should work except that everything that should work about a spy thriller fails. A bright spot is that of the accurate depiction of the aesthetic of the era. Joanna Johnston’s (Lincoln) costume designs are a thing of beauty, capturing both the vintage and the vibrancy of the period. What everyone loves about the era of the war is stuffed in the movie. However, the style is all that Allied has. Screenwriter Steven Knight (Locke) failed to create the ticking bomb effect that is so important in a thriller. Also, Knight fails to create a compelling love story between both uninspired actors.

It is ironic that even something as nerve wracking as war cannot offer a bit of suspense to Allied. Pitt and Cotillard cannot find the dazzling chemistry that is needed to compensate for the movie’s many flaws. Vaguely similar to The Light Between Oceans, both actors are stuck in a hollow romance thriller that is all style and no substance.