2016 has seen the best and worst when it comes to movies. As the year provides us with some that are destined to be classics, these 10 movies are another reason why that year was bad for the world.
It was that one year where everything went wrong: celebrities were dying, violence in the country has gotten worse, and we were stupid enough to elect Trump as President. Other than that, this was also a time where a lot of people online turned into jerks, and it just became an unbearable place for a while. My picks for this list wasn’t hard at all. I believe the 10 movies I’ve chosen for the Worst Movies of 2016 were bad and nobody should admit to liking any of them.
These are the movies that I sat through whether it was in theaters or in the comfort of in my room that I fully regret an hour into them. At least I know myself well enough to avoid Nine Lives, Mother’s Day, and the abysmal Norm of the North.
Spoiler Alert: If you’re expecting Ghostbusters to show up anywhere on this list? Sorry to disappoint you since I’m not a jerk about the movie because IT WAS GOOD.
Dishonorable Mentions: Alice Through the Looking Glass, Collateral Beauty, Hardcore Henry, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, The Girl on the Train, The Purge: Election Year, The 5th Wave, The Boss, Bad Moms, The Legend of Tarzan, Zoolander 2, Suicide Squad
Now, let me try dragging these 10 horrible movies down to their graves.
10) ‘Ben-Hur‘ (Timur Bekmambetov)
How did we end of getting an unwanted remake of Ben-Hur that didn’t sound cool, to begin with? If the terrible trailer wasn’t enough to let you know that this wasn’t going to be entertaining, then it did its job well enough. Nothing about 2016’s Ben-Hur felt epic when it doesn’t even compare to the Charlton Heston classic. Jack Huston doesn’t the best he can, but the action or story was exciting to make be invested, and it deserved to bomb at the box office. Not even Morgan Freeman with awful dreadlocks could save this.
9) ‘Warcraft‘ (Duncan Jones)
Warcraft is one of those well-known properties that I’ve heard of, but have absolutely no idea what everything is going on. I wasn’t pumped about this movie, and it had no impression on me when I left the IMAX auditorium. Duncan Jones is a talented director, but this wasn’t the right move for him in his career. Not a moment where the action was captivating or cared about any of the characters. Warcraft was just a really boring video game movie.
8) ‘Assassin’s Creed‘ (Justin Kurzel)
Speaking of video game movies that failed to be good, Assassin’s Creed should’ve been awesome. What went wrong with this adaptation of the popular franchise? For starters, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard had to work with a horrible script, it had uninteresting action sequences, and it had no sense of being fun. Is this the worst video game movie I’ve seen? Second to Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
7) ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War‘ (Cedric Nicolas-Troyan)
Nobody in this world asked for a whatever-quel to that dry Snow White and the Huntsman movie that came out in 2012. So, what better way to cap off my freshman year of college then seeing this on a Thursday night? The Huntsman: Winter’s War is just unnecessary in every meaning of the word. What we have here are talented actors (Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron) trying their best with a boring script and nothing enjoyable about this fantasy.
6) ‘The Brothers Grimsby‘ (Louis Leterrier)
After watching all 83 minutes of The Brothers Grimsby, I’ve been convinced that Sasha Baron Cohen has never been funny in my mind. An unbelievably dumb comedy right here that relies heavily on juvenile humor that was written by third graders. Poor Mark Strong has to work with Cohen’s childish antics that don’t work for people that have a brain.
5) ‘Dirty Grandpa‘ (Dan Mazer)
A comedy that features the likes of Robert De Niro and Zac Efron doesn’t sound like a bad idea. But if those two were in a movie called Dirty Grandpa, there’s nowhere to go from there. When you’re script has crude and offensive that isn’t funny, you turn in an awful comedy that’s deadly similar to That’s My Boy.
4) ‘The Divergent Series: Allegiant‘ (Robert Schwentke)
Every time one of these movies comes out, I feel bad for Shailene Woodley. The third installment in the Divergent still hinges on being completely predictable and shows no sign of having any coherence as it borrows elements from slight better movies. Allegiant performed so badly at the box office that they canceled the final film in the series and decided the turn it into a TV movie without the original cast. Yikes!
3) ‘Ride Along 2‘ (Tim Story)
I thought the first Ride Along was horrible, but I didn’t expect this unwanted sequel to be worse. This franchise just needs to die. Ride Along 2 failed at being hilarious in the slightest no to this obnoxious script and bring the non-chemistry between Kevin Hart and Ice Cube.
2) ‘Gods of Egypt‘ (Alex Proyas)
Gods of Egypt was already going to be garbage when the first trailer dropped. I should feel bad for director Alex Proyas for making one of the worst swords and sandals movies to ever come out, but he thinks those who hated it are wrong. This is not just bad because of bad performances from everybody, including Gerard Butler, but it shows no effort into being entertaining when it’s all just a CGI-fest that’s made for nobody. Guilty pleasure? Ha!
1) ‘Independence Day: Resurgence‘ (Roland Emmerich)
This is a loud, badly directed, awfully written, and excruciating painful movie to out of the entire year of 2016. Independence Day: Resurgence was the one film that year, especially during the summer, that made me angry after sitting through the entire movie and not walking out. The first movie was silly, but it was able to have fun with its premise. Here, though, it’s like you’re dying inside with every single bad decision that Roland Emmerich and his team of writers done to this sequel.
The fact that I was suckered in by the trailer was bad enough. Will Smith dogged a bullet that he wasn’t involved in this massive pile of stink. Nobody should like Independence Day: Resurgence. There’s no reason for anybody to find anything redeemable about Independence Day: Resurgence. Not even Jeff Goldblum. The silver lining about this was that I only saw it for $5. This honestly makes Transformers: Age of Extinction look like a masterpiece.