Every year there are good movies and bad movies. Usually more bad than good. Without further ado here’s my pick of the movies that I found to be the absolute worst of 2014. If you’re wondering why any particularly bad movie didn’t make the list chances are I managed to avoid it.
Dishonorable Mention: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
10. A Million Ways to Die in the West
Seth MacFarlane’s previous film Ted was both brilliant and funny. Sadly, his second feature, A Million Ways to Die in the West is the exact opposite, an unfunny, disgusting and badly written movie. Casting himself as the protagonist didn’t pay off for MacFarlane and the cast that features the likes of Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron and Neil Patrick Harris are wasted.
9. Wish I Was Here
Zach Braff’s debut feature Garden State was a wonderful movie about a young man’s struggles to find meaning in life. His second feature, Wish I Was Here seems like a rehashed version of Garden State only Braff is older now. The film is sappy and tries to be more emotional than it actually is. The film was financed via Kickstarter after no studio wanted to make the movie.
8. I, Frankenstein
This modern retelling of Mary Shelly’s classic tale is bad enough to make Mary Shelly turn in her grave. Aaron Eckhart tries his best but this is a movie that can’t get past it’s bad CGI, endless fight scenes and all around incoherent story.
What a surprise, another Adam Sandler movie. Blended finds Adam Sandler reunited with Drew Barrymore for the first time since 2004’s 50 First Dates. While Blended is not as bad as Sandler’s Grown Ups movies, it’s still pretty bad. The acting is abysmal, the jokes are disgusting and the movie like most Adam Sandler movies is not funny.
What Pompeii is basically is a shameful rip-off of Titanic and Gladiator. Even when Pompeii is not borrowing heavily it isn’t good. Kit Harrington gives an overall bland performance and Keifer Sutherland feels seriously miscast as the villain.
One of the biggest disappointments of 2014, Directed by Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer Wally Pfister and featuring a cast of Nolan favorites like Cillian Murphy, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman as well as Johnny Depp, Transcendence is a very slow, tedious and seriously bad movie that doesn’t make a lot of sense either.
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction
Even with Shia LaBeouf out of the picture and Mark Wahlberg taking the lead role, Transformers is as bad as ever, in fact the latest one is actually the worst one yet. Michael Bay still finds time for explosions, the run-time is bloated and the plot makes absolutely no sense. Whats even worse is that it’s the highest grossing movie of 2014 with a worldwide gross of over one billion.
An atrociously bad movie, Sabotage finds writer/ director David Ayer and Arnold Schwarzenegger at their absolute worst in a film that’s driven by unnecessarily grueling violence. The story and acting are awful and there’s not even a single character that’s likable.
2. The Legend of Hercules
An absolute train-wreck , Legend of Hercules features some of the worst acting you’ll ever see, particularly from the lead Kellan Lutz. The screenplay is badly written and the cheap look of the movie can’t make you take the entire effort seriously. The only question you’ll have at the end is how the hell did this thing get made.
1. Left Behind
Nicholas Cage’s career seems to be sinking to a point of no return and Left Behind is his latest failure. The movie is an appallingly bad one that features cringe worthy acting and amazingly stupid dialogue while soundtrack is comprised mainly of Christian pop songs. It’s an insult to intelligence and the worst movie of 2014.