Ok folks, for every Yin there’s a Yang here at the MAJOR Awards. The karmic counterbalance to this morning’s surprises is this afternoon’s crop of disappointments. These are the films that had us eagerly anticipating them, yet failed to deliver.
Click through to see the biggest let downs of 2012!
“The Bourne Legacy”
With the departure of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, few expected this sequel to live up to its predecessors. Yet a solid marketing campaign and the emergence of star Jeremy Renner led people to expect a high quality actioner. But the film squanders its interesting additions to the franchise with a lackluster finale and a thoroughly disappointing conclusion. I’d still like to see the franchise continue, but this installment can only be classified as a let down.
Anytime Johnny Depp and Tim Burton work together, it’s going to attract attention. The darkly oddball trailer they put together served to foster hope as well. But the final product turned out to be a jumbled mess, to put it politely. Characters disappeared, while others seemed meaningless, and it all flew off the rails completely at the end. Worst of all, it couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be a drama, a comedy a horror movie, or all three. Very disappointing.
Expectations for this film were completely off of the charts, thanks to fantastic trailers and one of the cleverest viral campaigns ever. Add in the fact that it was director Ridley Scott’s return to a classic film universe, and people were crazy with anticipation. The film, while still good, was heavily flawed and undeniably disappointing. Poor character choices, plot holes and a difficult to accept connect the dots to the overall franchise made “Prometheus” one of 2012’s most deflating films.
John Cusack playing Edgar Allan Poe seemed like a match made in heaven. And the high concept of Poe needing to turn detective in order to help police catch a killer who’s bringing his own stories to life… was, seemingly, inspired. But the film turned out to be ultimately unworthy of its premise, a weak “Sherlock Holmes” wanna be. Worst of all, Cusack himself was disappointing. Unfortunately, “The Raven” wound up too bland to be memorable… except for how disappointing it was.
Most of us are instinctively opposed to remakes, but in a number of ways, “Total Recall” appeared to be a perfect candidate to be remade. A less campy take on Phillip K. Dick’s story, complete with modern special effects? There was a lot of potential in that. We should have known better. The end result was another cheap Hollywood knock off. Bad acting, cheap special effects, and worst of all, inexplicable changes to the original story made “Total Recall” a terrible disappointment.
There they are people. The films that let us down worse than all the others in 2012.
What do you think? Were there any I forgot? Any of these that don’t deserve to be called disappointments? Which of these do you think deserves to be called the most disappointing of them all?
Let us hear it!