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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Potential exist in ‘Morgan’ but it’s never capitalized – REVIEW

Kate Mara and Anya Taylor-Joy can’t save the film from its inability to explore a rather interesting premise

Artificial intelligence can be a scary thing. It can also serve as an interesting cinematic idea. With Morgan, the idea is brought up as the film follows an artificially made “human” named Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy). It, as the characters gender-it, has some emotional problems which lead to some impulsive dangerous behaviors. After a recent shocking event, an investigator (Kate Mara) is called to check on Morgan. However, before she can analyze it, the bioengineered child escape and creates terror around the lab. This sci-fi thriller is directed by first time director Luke Scott and is produced by none other than Ridley Scott.

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Amy (Rose Leslie) and Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy)

As an actress who has been on the watch list after her breakthrough performance in The Witch, Anya Taylor-Joy has yet again solidified herself as a genuine and serious actress. Her performance discharges innocence, fragileness, and compassion while still letting the audience feel a certain uncertainty. She leaves you in distrust because of what she is capable of. As a person, you feel for her as she never intends for these horrible things to happen to people. Taylor-Joy plays Morgan as a misunderstood monster and it makes you feel for her even though the audience is clearly aware of what she is capable of.

Although, the film never stops to let the audience think about the dangers of artificial intelligence. It certainly wants you to reflect on this possibility as it explains to you in a semi-scientific way how this can all be possible, but it never lets you reflect. Instead, it opts for action and thrills. This directly influences the premise which is quite frankly wasted.

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Kate Mara in MORGAN

This directly influences the premise which is quite frankly wasted. They never take the time to fully commit to the idea of artificial intelligence. They try at the beginning to establish some character moments, but none of the characters are compelling to watch on screen. The movie tries to make a compelling psychological drama in the beginning only to  throw everything away in the final act. What little is done to develop the plot is completely forgotten and the movie becomes a more straightforward sci-fi action.

However, the action is well captured, in fact, the whole movie looks great. The shots are crisp and eerie looking, especially the forest shots. The movie isn’t badly directed either. Ridley Scott’s son did a fantastic job directing this movie. His father’s guidance and inspiration are all present in Morgan but fail to be relevant.

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Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy) interacting with a deer

This is why it’s so disappointing because Morgan could have been an excellent sci-fi movie. It could have been mentioned in the realm of Ex-Machina and 2001: Space Odyssey. While it had everything going for it technically, somehow in the process, someone forgot to make compelling characters (except for Morgan) and explore a fantastic idea. Morgan will forever be the film that could, but it also serves as a learning experience for Luke Scott who will undoubtedly follow in his father’s footsteps.

REVIEW: C