Biggest Letdowns of All Time


  1. chrispowell31
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Highly anticipated films that completely missed their marks.
(#1 Being the biggest letdown and thenceforth)

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Dragonball Evolution 2009,  PG)
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The Godfather, Part III 1990,  R)
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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999,  PG)
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Spider-Man 3 2007,  PG-13)
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Blade: Trinity 2004,  R)
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Speed Racer 2008,  PG)
Speed Racer
One Minute Review:

I've seen Speed Racer up to four times upon writing this review, and yet I have never finished it. I hoped I would so I could provide you with a full review, but this movie is impossible for me to sit through. It is so bad that it forces me to do something else. I'd rather clean my house or take out the garbage than sit through more than a half hour of this film. "Speed Racer" is a mess of a film that insults not only its source material, but your intelligence. Kids wont like this movie because they won't understand whats going on, and adults will give up on following the plot after the twentieth origin flashback or so. The film looks great and that's its saving grace, but you can never admire any visual because every scene moves at a hyper-frenetic, cut- here-then-cut-there pace and doesn't bother to let up for a microsecond. The race cars spend more time in the air than do on the tracks, the objectives of the races themselves don't make any sense, and the action is everywhere and nowhere. Speed himself is just some guy we assume is the best racer because the camera is on him the whole time. He does nothing, and neither does the actor who plays him. This film is dreadful, I would walk on out on it if I saw it in a theater, and I would advise you to never waste two hours and fifteen minutes of your precious life watching a minute of this garbage. Your kid would have more fun with a ball in a cup.

Grade: F
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Superman III 1983,  PG)
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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day 2009,  R)
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2010: The Year We Make Contact 1984,  PG)
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The Lost World - Jurassic Park 1997,  PG-13)
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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 2012,  PG-13)
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Men in Black II 2002,  PG-13)
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The Cable Guy 1996,  PG-13)
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The Number 23 2007,  R)
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Home Alone 3 1997,  PG)
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Major League 2 1994,  PG)
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Ghost Rider 2007,  PG-13)
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Mortal Kombat: Annihilation 1997,  PG-13)
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Rocky V 1990,  PG-13)
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Resident Evil - Apocalypse 2004,  R)
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Hancock 2008,  PG-13)
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Predator 2 1990,  R)
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Ocean's Eleven 1960,  PG-13)
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Down to Earth 2001,  PG-13)
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Lost in Space 1998,  PG-13)
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Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life 2003,  PG-13)
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Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002,  PG-13)
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Superman Returns 2006,  PG-13)
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Hulk 2003,  PG-13)
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A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001,  PG-13)
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Terminator Salvation 2009,  PG-13)
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Thor 2011,  PG-13)
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Green Lantern 2011,  PG-13)
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Alexander 2004,  R)
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The Matrix Revolutions 2003,  R)
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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace 1987,  PG)
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Little Fockers 2010,  PG-13)
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Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle 2003,  PG-13)
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 2011,  PG-13)
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Fallen 1997,  R)
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Quantum of Solace 2008,  PG-13)
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Fantastic Four 2005,  PG-13)
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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 2007,  PG)
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X-Men Origins - Wolverine 2009,  PG-13)
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Batman & Robin 1997,  PG-13)
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Iron Man 2 2010,  PG-13)
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Blues Brothers 2000 1997,  PG-13)
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Righteous Kill 2008,  R)
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The Island of Dr. Moreau 1996,  PG-13)
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Larry Crowne 2011,  PG-13)
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The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2) 2008,  PG-13)
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Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End 2007,  PG-13)
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006,  PG-13)
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X-Men: The Last Stand 2006,  PG-13)
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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 3D 2002,  PG)
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Unbreakable 2000,  PG-13)
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008,  PG-13)
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Back to the Future Part III 1990,  PG)
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King Kong 2005,  PG-13)
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Seven Pounds 2008,  PG-13)
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Ocean's Twelve 2004,  PG-13)
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Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 3D 2005,  PG-13)
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Watchmen 2009,  R)
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008,  PG-13)
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The Dark Knight Rises 2012,  PG-13)
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Avatar 2009,  PG-13)
Avatar
It is undeniable that James Cameron's new film, "Avatar" is a work of visual art on a masterclass level. Unfortunately, it doesn't work as a movie. "Avatar" pounds the audience with stunning visual effects, sound, and art direction, but leaves other core values of films like story, performances, and substance at the doorstep.
Terminator 4's Sam Worthington inherits the role of hero Jake Sully, a Marine who is paralyzed from the waist down and is brought in to perform an experiment to become an avatar of the Navi, an alien race not too dissimilar to what we refered to as Indians. The Navi are an extremely tall, slender, and blue race, yet are humanoid in shape. They live on a planet named Pandora, (which should have been the title of this movie) a majestically beautiful planet which is as beautiful as it is deadly. We follow our completely uninspiring hero as he is accepted, trained, and lives as a Navi, secretly in guise to infiltrate their camp that harbors a precious metal key to Earth's survival. Our hero unsurprisingly falls in love with his new life and people thus conflict ensues because of it. There's a lot of story, but after the 60 minute mark it gets boring and predictable. If you've seen the film "Dances with Wolves" you will be familiar with the rest of the plot which this movie is ripped from.
The story and its characters are rather boring and excruciatingly predictable. With the exception for Star Trek's Zoe Saldana whose voice acting is often engaging, she is destined to be the next big star. The quality of this film is beneath the level of James Cameron whose focus was selfishly put solely on the look of his film. With a 300 million dollar budget, why couldn't Cameron manage to have a better script, story, and actors?
Now onto where the movie shines, The action scenes in this movie are its saving grace behind its visuals. They are fast paced and heart-pumping. Like in Cameron's "Titanic," the movie is best in its ending climatic sequences. This film is well directed and Cameron will win best director this year for every award ceremony. Seeing this movie in the IMAX was an added treat and I would recommend all to see in this format. I'm not sure if seeing it in 3D was all too necessary, I honestly think it wore thin after a while.
The graphics in this film are of course its bread and butter and are why I give this film a mild recommendation as it is visually stunning. After figuring out that paying attention to the story was a pointless task, I found myself looking at the goings on in the background which really surprised me, the level of detail in this film is second to none. I could say more about the graphics in this film but just see it for yourself.
Disclaimer: If you aren't fooled by the "wonders" of CGI and want some substance in your films, don't see this movie.
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2012,  PG-13)
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X-Men 2000,  PG-13)
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Daredevil 2003,  PG-13)
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Man of Steel 2013,  PG-13)

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