I’ve been struggling with doing a “worst” list over the past few years, mostly because it feels a bit like kicking a dog while it’s down. Not to mention, I’ve had a rough few years and the negative energy just wasn’t needed in my life.
On the eve of 2015, I’m still reflecting back on 2014 (here’s my top 10), only to find myself glued to a few films that struck me as supremely disappointing. While I don’t feel maliciously angry at any of them, I do feel they all failed us majorly, and hope to share some brief constructive criticism to that effect.
It all starts with…
Dishonorable Mention: Into the Storm (New Line Cinema)
I’m a huge fan of what Steven Quale did with New Line’s Final Destination 5. Being mentored by the great James Cameron did wonders for his ability to direct an action sequence. While FD5 is all about fun action, Into the Storm was supposed to be a serious horror film with dramatic elements – and then crazy action. Into the Storm has some incredible set pieces, and at times brought me to the edge of my seat, but overall it was a catastrophe on its own right. Everything outside the tornado madness is god awful, from the screenplay to the acting. It gets a dishonorable mention because, while not the worst movie I’ve ever seen, it’s a lesson in what NOT to do with an action-horror film.