Top 10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ is an unambitious sequel that may just be this summer’s guilty pleasure – REVIEW

The sequel to the 1996 alien invasion flick is a worthless and lazy movie that still packs lots of mindless fun

Independence Day: Resurgence picks up 20 years after the events of the first where the aliens are coming back to wreck the Earth one more time. This sci-fi alien flick is directed by Roland Emmerich, the director of the first Independence Day and stars Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe and Brent Spiner.

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At its core, Independence Day: Resurgence is a fun ride. It’s complete mindless theatre fun. The movie has flying saucers and big aliens that make for a really great thrill ride. All the action scenes work as a big amusement ride. The aliens look cool and it’s fun to see the characters fight the big creature. Fortunately, the movie knows its audience and is ready to deliver what they want. Approach this movie knowing it’s going to be a fun alien film and you’ll have a fun time at the theatre.

For a film so heavy on CGI, Independence Day: Resurgence does offer lots of excellent CGI. The effects do look really good on screen and even when the movie is just CGI on top of CGI, for the most part is does look great. Some scenes involving scenery were breathtaking. However, there are some scenes in which the obvious CGI is present as is when the movie heavily relies on computer effects.

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Jeff Goldblum continues to be a pivotal part of the now turned franchise. His on screen presence is well welcomed as the other characters fail to gather any emotional attachment. Most of the old cast are still the ones that shine in the darker moments of the film. However, the film does rely a lot on the newcomers which never really delivers.

The biggest problem comes when the movie gets to serious. It tries to evoke emotion but fail each and every time. Every time something happens to a character the movie takes a moment for its audience to feel sad only to cut away too quickly and making the viewers forget what just happened. The film never revisits the pain and just continues like nothing happened in the first place. Independence Day: Resurgence, while tries to get too serious, never truly delivers poignant moments that its reaching for.

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As the movie continues along, the sci-fi thriller feels rather forced. Everything the movie introduces seems pushed and shoved to the audience’s attention. More times than none, Independence Day: Resurgence feels like it has a check list in which it checks off the things it wants in the movie. It’s like the writers were writing the material as the movie was progressing. The worst was that it seemed every sci-fi cliché possible was on their check list because nothing really creative was ever put on screen. It looked like the director and writers just didn’t care.

When out of the fun zone, Independence Day: Resurgence gets back in the lazy, unambitious reality it tries so hard to hide. However, when the film doesn’t try to get serious, it’s a pretty harmless fun movie. The goal of the movie is to entertain and it does deliver, but its not hard to see where the sc-fi alien thriller does lacks making for a rather worthless sequel.

REVIEW: C