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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‘The Girl On The Train’ is a pretentious, melodramatic mystery that misses the terminal – REVIEW

Tate Taylor tries so hard to be the next Gone Girl that he forgets to direct a compelling mystery

Paula Hawkins must be tired of the Gone Girl comparison by now, but Tate Taylor doesn’t do her any justice with the big screen adaptation. The comparisons are there; however, there are differences between both books. Hawkins wrote three central female characters trying to get their life back on track, and while there are some elements in this wearisome thriller, there’s just not enough.

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At first, we meet Rachel (Emily Blunt) who is a sad individual spending her time making up stories about the people whom she passes every day by train. She sees Anna (Rebecca Ferguson), her ex-husband’s new wife and Meghan (Haley Bennett), their nanny. Apart from Blunt, the biggest problem of Train is that none of the characters on screen are worth rooting for. They all fall into stereotypes such as the “whore,” the housewife and the abusive husband. Even Blunt is sometimes defined by her drinking problem alone which dilutes her character.

When Meghan finally goes missing, the lives of the three women are about to change. Except that the film keeps adding scenes that should be pivotal to the movie but aren’t. All they do is further the movie from its central storyline. Taylor fails to build up certain key elements and in results leaves certain plot points feeling unnecessary. Scenes that should have a greater impact are given the short end of the stick. It shows Taylor’s inability to judge what should be in the movie and what shouldn’t be in it, leaving the audience a bit confused.

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Certainly, Blunt is the best part of this train wreck. She gives a compelling performance as the girl who’s life is a mess. Every time the movie strips away from Blunt, The Girl On The Train becomes that less interesting. The other women could’ve been compelling as well, but Taylor never gives them anything other than their defining trait to work with. At least, Blunt is given something more than her drunk facade. This way, the audience is capable of sympathizing with her in a way that doesn’t feel forced.

Nevertheless, even that becomes stripped away eventually as the movie keeps going. Melodramatic elements become more apparent and result in less dramatic scenes. By the end, the movie turns into a mystery that would be better suited on Lifetime or the Women’s Channel, which is a shame. When Taylor finally reveals his true intentions, The Girl On The Train‘s mystery is completely gone, feeling forced and out place. The reveal isn’t so much of a “wow factor” than it is an “okay factor.”

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Tate Taylor’s poor direction is mostly to blame here. The movie relies too heavily on the performances of its characters and to give the film credit, they do a good job. However, it’s the movie around them that fails to rise to their level. If you’re looking for a fun mystery, try Hawkins’ novel or Fincher’s Gone Girl, because The Girl On The Train certainly won’t be your train ticket.

REVIEW: C-