“That came out this year?” It sure did. But don’t feel bad for not remembering. There are very good reasons why you forgot about these five movies of 2013.
5. A Good Day to Die Hard
After Live Free or Die Hard, audiences were surprised to see that Bruce Willis still had some action movie mojo left in him. Sure some of the shots were unbelievable, but when you’re dealing with a world where you never have to reload your gun, certain allowances must be made.
This one pretty much put an end to this surprise, matching audiences’ original expectations. Sure Willis brings his usual witty banter to the role, but there’s only so much you can do with a clichéd and flat script in an exhausted series.
4. Oz the Great and Powerful
Everyone pretty much approached this Alice in Wonderland version of Oz at arm’s length. On one hand, it was visually impressive, but all of the visual effects in the world couldn’t make up for weak acting and a boring script (not that they didn’t try).
Much of the magic was lost in the return on Oz, giving the story a more colorful, but overall dull look with characters that not even 3-D could bring to life.
3. The Hangover Part III
After the hilarious first installment and the carbon copy sequel, it was clear that The Hangover series was going to have to try something new to keep fans’ attention. So logically, the next step was to throw The Wolfpack into an action comedy?
While the writers do get credit for trying something different (and strange), The Hangover Part III proved beyond a doubt that these characters do not function well outside of the alcohol-induced formula.
2. The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger (a.k.a. Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Curse of the Unnecessary Sub-characters) was thought to be the next chapter in the Disney live-action genre. With Pirates of The Caribbean losing much of its steam in recent years, the film was slated to be the next money-maker, even going so far as to bring in Johnny Depp to play pretty much the same character (but with slightly different make-up and an accent).
Regrettably, The Lone Ranger did no such thing, lulling its viewers to sleep with a paper-thin plot and an absurd running time. Although it’s not quite as bad as Wild Wild West, the film certainly did no favors for the old west genre.
Hey another action movie from Tom Cruise. Well Mission Impossible 4 was pretty good so…oh…
Although Cruise and decent visual effects managed to slightly carry the film, it inevitably suffered from an ill-paced, derivative script. Oblivion is a prime example that simply hacking off pieces of other works and lazily mashing them together won’t cut it.