The year is almost over, so it’s time for us to look back at the film’s we’ve seen and fashion our very own naughty list. It wasn’t a particularly dire period for cinema, but it did contain a few stinkers.
10) Spring Breakers
Even if Spring Breakers aims to satirise the culture which it superficially espouses, it doesn’t do enough to detach itself from its cast of repugnant characters, and risks making them teeth-gnashingly annoying idols.
The violent fantasy schlock of this film is novel for roughly 30 seconds, but it doesn’t sustain adequate levels of silliness and feigns rebelliousness to hide its derivative, immature core.
This cliché-riddled thriller starring Justin Timberlake falls flat as a result of awful acting, an improbable plot and one of the worst villains of all time, played by a disinterested Ben Affleck.
7) The Host
The magic of Stephenie Meyers’ Twilight franchise wasn’t mimicked by this adaptation of her second series of young adult novels. An incoherent story, uninspired acting and bargain basement action make The Host an exercise in cynical studio cash-in fever. And boy is it boring.
A story no one wanted to hear turned into a film no one went to see. A box office bomb that deserved to fail.
5) After Earth
Will Smith scales the north face of Mount Nepotism, casting his uncharismatic son Jaden in this shambling, dull sci-fi film.
4) Movie 43
In spite of the title, this isn’t really a movie. It’s a series of criminally bad sketches starring famous faces who are only participating as a favour to producer Peter Farrelly. An unfunny, awkward hodgepodge of skits.
This big pile of reverential nonsense had some of the worst dialogue of the year, and isn’t even rescued by its talented cast.
Yep, this came out in 2013. We saw it. And it sucked.
Something had to go wrong for the Die Hard franchise eventually, and with a combination of a bored-looking Bruce Willis and clunky CGI during the action sequences, this fifth film was not just bad in its own right, but barely felt like a Die Hard movie at all.