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 Light Between Oceans’ is one well acted drawn-out episode of ‘Days of Our Lives’ – REVIEW

Derek Cianfrance misses the boat going for more melodrama than actual drama leaving the audience looking at their watches

Oscar season is finally here…or we taught. The Light Between Oceans was supposed to be the movie that set the bar for this season’s Oscar. Unfortunately, if that’s the case then the bar isn’t too high. By the premise, this is your typical Oscar-bait movie. A lighthouse owner (Michael Fassbender) meets a beautiful woman, named Isabel (Alicia Vikander). As they get married and try to have kids, nothing goes their way. Isabel just can’t have a baby. However, their luck changes one day as a boat drift into the ocean close to their home with a baby girl inside. Overcome with emotions, Isabel sees the perfect opportunity to finally have a kid of her own, except this isn’t her biological child. The film is directed by Derek Cianfrance, director of The Place Beyond The Pines and Blue Valentine.

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As the movie opens, the audience is greeted with a beautiful waterfront sunrise shot and a man applying for a job at a lighthouse. Right away, the tone is established as calm and delicate. As we get introduced to the lighthouse man and his love at first sight, the viewers immediately see an extraordinary chemistry between Fassbender and Vikander. This chemistry transcends in their incredible performances as well. They both deliver poignant moments and convey emotions beautifully. Now, the story is set and it can start to develop.

Conversely, the story doesn’t start instead, Cianfrance opts to give his audience members some melodramatic cliché love scenes wrapped with gorgeous cinematography. The problem is that these scenes, while beautiful to look at, don’t convey any emotions at all. The terrible classical score and the excessive effort in trying to make its audience cry doesn’t help exude emotions but instead helps hide them even further. The close up on teary eyes and tears in people’s face is somehow suppose to make the audience cry. Instead, it feels awkward. This goes on and on, only stopping at actual dramatic moments like Vikander’s character’s child lost. Even after this event, the movie still doesn’t start its story and keeps giving the viewers more emotionless character moments.

However, Cianfrance tries hard to make something out of every scene and to give him credit, he does succeed in some scenes. Though, most of the time, the atmosphere is too soapy and melodramatic to get any feeling for what is happening.

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It’s only after an hour and a half that the story actually starts and while it does get more engaging, the melodrama is still present. Cianfrance is still forcing emotions out of its audience and all that effort is focused on that particular goal, make you cry. The story suffers for it and Cianfrance chooses the easy clichés instead of telling an actual love story.  What are good plot points become less impactful because of the movie’s inability to make its character moments feel genuine from the start.

The Light Between Oceans suffers from its own efforts resulting in a more sophisticated version of Days of Our Lives. The exquisite performances giving by Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender are drowned in melodrama leaving for a more over the top feel.

REVIEW: C