I saw the second Tomb Raider film a few weeks ago and that could easily be one of the worst films I've ever seen. It was so bad I actually had to watch it all the way through because I didn't believe that it could stay that bad all the way through. Needless to say, it did.
Silent Hill was a near miss. They captured a lot of the elements from the game but failed to make it really deliver. One of the main problems when you try to make a movie based on a game is that they rarely have enough of a coherent plot or story to start with.
Surely Pearl Harbour must have a mention here as well. There's an even worse phenomon. Look at the amount of stuff they had to work with on that one!!! Hardly a little known event or a difficult concept...
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So many to choose from! However I think my vote has to go to FORREST GUMP. Not only is it another sappy, turgid run out for middle of the road film-making icon Tom Hanks, I've never seen a film before or since that so reinforces the idea that doing what you are told without question will result in your success, whilst being a lefty liberal will result in your downfall. It made me sick to the stomach to watch this piece of propaganda for idiocy.
I haven't seen Silent Hill, The Cottage, Saw, Pearl Harbour or Tomb Raider! Lucky me! I have regrettably seen Street Fighter, its awful although Raul Julia is good in it.
I have only been to the cinema once since I watched the trifecta of bollocks that was Xmen3, Pirates of the Carribbean 2 and Snakes on a Plane over a period of 4 weeks in 2006. I can't remember which order they came in but I remember thinking after the last one what a load of time and money I'd wasted sitting through three utterly abysmal movies, and that I would never do that again. So far I haven't.
I have regrettably seen Street Fighter, its awful although Raul Julia is good in it.
It's so dreaful it's funny. As was touched on above, trying to make a film out of a videogame is usually fraught with danger, since it's likely that the game involves large amounts of repetition and very little plot. But a beat-em-up? What manner of nonsense was that?! Also, Raul Julia is dead now, isn't he?
People keep trying to convince me to go to the cinema but frankly, I just can't be arsed. It's far too expensive and most films are shit.
Saw is the only film I've ever walked out of the cinema on! I think that deserves a mention. "A return to old school horror" My arse!
I get the feeling I'll have the same reaction when I get round to watching the film. It strikes me as a bit of a wannabe film and the fact that there's now 6 of the fucking things reinforces that point of view and makes me even less inclined to waste time starting with it.
I thought that Saw was ok, but certainly not worth all the praise it got, and definitely nothing like an old school horror. The rubbish 'clever twist' ensures that I wouldn't buy it, but I would probably watch it on TV or something.
I think that the worst film that I've ever seen is Catwoman. It is bad in every important aspect of film making, notably; the dialogue, the direction, the acting, the plot and the costumes. A tour de force in scraping the barrel of the cinematographic arts.
Other films which deserve an honourable mention for being total turd are: Jeepers Creepers, Love, Actually, The Holiday and Transformers 2.
Actually, I can't believe I haven't put the most obvious one yet:
Fucking unbelievably shit film. This was the one time I wished I could execute the people I went to see it with for their brainless lapping up of what is essentially a McFilm. That's my term for all filler movies from now on. Short of putting Disturbed's Down with the Sickness as a backing track they couldn't have done much worse.
*Awaits backlash on this one*
Oh, and while I'm thinking about it: Queen of the cunting Damned. Anyone involved with that needs skinning.
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I'm glad that the trend of putting nu-metal in films is finally dying off. To reinforce what Steve said, there's nothing worse than having to watch a shit film and then to top it off having to listen to some utter crap like Disturbed or Drowning Pool blasted at you after you've suffered what already seemed an insufferable eternity of cinematic dross.
On the other hand though, I didn't think 300 was that bad! It's not what I'd normally watch, I probably wouldn't watch it a second time, and it was mindless and throw away, but there was something strangely entertaining about it. Usually I hate comic book conversions (The Watchmen is utter tripe!) but I quite liked the graphical content of the film, and I literally cried with laughter in the scene when the guy bummed that lass and said: "This won't be over quickly... and you won't enjoy it." It was certainly no Conan though!
I really enjoyed 300. It's pretty much the ultimate triumph of style over substance, and I think that there's definitely a place for that sort of thing in my watching schedule. I agree about The Watchmen though; I thought it was overly long and given that it's supposed to be so intraspective, I don't think it made the transition to cinema all that well.
As I've discussed before, I'm usually incredibly wary of adaptations.