The 2012 FMR MAJOR Awards: Most Disappointing Movie Nominees

Most Disappointing Movie Nominees

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“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.

Dark Shadows“Dark Shadows”

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.

The Raven“The Raven”

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.

Totall recall“Total Recall”

Most of us are instinctively opposed to remakes, but in a number of ways, “Total Recall” appeared to be aย 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!

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113 thoughts on “The 2012 FMR MAJOR Awards: Most Disappointing Movie Nominees

    • I dont know if you saw my reply to Jay, above, but the truth is, I saw the disappointment of The Dark Knight Rises coming. The marketing did nothing for me, the name being so similar to the last movie was lame, Bane looked dumb and sounded worse… I got all my disappointment out in small increments prior to ever seeing the film, and then when I did, all that was left was to say “Yup, I knew it”.

      Plus, a ton of people didnt think it was disappointing at all. Just last week I ran through a TDKR barrage during my tossin it out there thread on Favorite movies of 2012. So if these Awards attempt to be objective at all, I have to take that into consideration.

  1. I agree with your entire list, especially Prometheus! Man, that movie was so bland and dull… I hope the Blade Runner sequel/prequel/reboot/whatever/there’s something coming out right?? turns out better

    • Yeah… he’s doing some kind of sequel/revisit. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I hope something throws that permanently off track somehow. They have some script issue they cant resolve and they scrap it or something. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      I fear the Blade Runner revisit….

  2. Agreed. I haven’t seen several of those but the Borne movie was aweful! I still want to see Prometheus, but the others just looked so bad. And really…Total Recall? Please leave all Arnold, Stallone and Willis movies alone. THank you.

  3. It’s funny. I don’t think I was all that disappointed by any film last year. I can’t call anything out as being horribly disappointing. I’d maybe call Legacy unnecessary. Partially disappointing. Though, I wasn’t expecting anything like the previous Bourne films, so think that helped.

    • Really? Every movie you saw lived up to your expectations?

      Thats awesome. Either you really liked everything you saw (which I know isnt true, I’ve seen your reviews) or you have uncanny predictive abilities!

    • You’d be surprised at how divisive it is, though. Early on, I got like four or five commenters in a row rushing to its defense, so it has its fans too.

      I try to take it all under advisement, but Prometheus still has a good chance at taking this home.

  4. Because I loved the TV series so much, the biggest disappointment was Dark Shadows. Shame on you, Tim.

  5. Although I kind of liked Dark Shadows, I did feel the humour fell flat quite throughout much of it, to the point where I remember cringeing internally at a lot. I definitely expected more. So yes, disappointed with that one.

    I also usually love watching Johnny Depp, but his performance just seemed so samey in this.

    • I dont think, for me, personally, I put much blame on Depp. He was funny with what he was given… that’s all he can do.

      I think the script was terrible. And that ending. Good grief… this movie FLEW off the rails in the last 20-30 minutes or so. Eesh!

      • I wouldn’t say the film’s faults came from Depp, either. He made it bearable. Like you said, the script was the culprit, for sure. However, I did feel it was one of those ‘i’ve seen it all before’ performances from him, and it’s that which makes me a little sad because I have so much respect and admiration for him as an actor.

        He delivers that kind of offbeat role so incredibly well, but… I don’t know. Perhaps if the film had been better, it wouldn’t even be an issue for me. I’m so conflicted!

  6. Hi, Fogs and company:

    I’m pleased to see that I am not the only one who thought ‘The Bourne Legacy’ looked and felt like a much larger budgeted version of Sy~Fy’s almost Super Hero series ‘Alphas’.

    Though the television series does have some well timed comic relief between Malik Yoba’s “Strong like Bull”, FBI agent, Bill, and Ryan Cartwright’s autistic savant, Gary Bell. Who can read Elecrto Magnetic and electronic waves. The two share some of the best lines in each episode!

    John Cusack need to go back to his roots and play puppy-dog eyed, hard luck, low end con men. As he did in ‘The Grifters’.

    While Johnny Depp continues to lose whatever Mojo he had in over done franchise films. I doubt his upcoming ‘The Lone Ranger’ will be any great shakes.

    Can’t comment on the re-boot of ‘Total Recall’. Didn’t see it. Why mess with a proven product?

    Very good, well thought out and presented choices here, my friend!

    • Thank you Jack, thank you. ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’ve never seen Alphas, but you’re right, Bourne was half a step above a tv show.

      It’s sad to see what’s happened to Cusack. Even when he takes the challenging, good roles, they wind up… messy. I just saw the Paperboy and it was a hot mess. Gawd.

      And Depp needs to stop starring and start acting again. Youre right on that too. And Lone Ranger is NOT going to help that.

      I certainly wouldnt recommend this Total Recall, but I do think there was an opportunity with that movie (which I DO love, too) to be updated. I could see a modernized version being good. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Unfortunately, this wasn’t.

  7. I wanted The Raven to be much better than it was. However with expectations SO high for Prometheus, I wonder if Prometheus ever had a chance even though it was a decent film. The original Alien was just too strong. Total Recall even without story detours from the original stood little chance without Arnold and an overreliance on CGI over character; I didn’t expect much and didn’t get much from the reboot.

    Toss up between Raven and Prometheus goes to Raven in my book because the film sucked even with a similar period piece template like Downey’s Sherlock Holmes available for reference.

    • You know, I recognize the fact that expectations were off the chart for Prometheus. Mine were too. It seemes as if we had a potentially GREAT film coming out. So the fact that it just turned out ok was crushing.

      But it did have a chance. It came awfully close. I mean, seriously, if they just fixed up a few issues, and made their characters less stupid… Come on!! *sigh* I still think it could have been great.

      Meanwhile, I was at the Comic-Con panel for “The Raven”, so that’ll amp up your expectations right there. That was a big let down for me too. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  8. Clearly Prometheus was the biggest disapointment to me. Not only was it disapointing when I first saw it, it revived it’s disapointment when it came out on video. Somehow in the interviening months I had allowed myself to forget all the things which killed the movie, and get caught up by how cool it should have been, only to have my hopes crushed a second time! It should have been great, it could have been great, but it was…

    … bad. it was bad. And yet why do I still think I should buy a copy for my collection?

  9. I sort of enjoyed Bourne and Prometheus as summer flicks. I didn’t see Dark Shadows (the theme never interested me), or Total Recall (had it been good I probably would have loved it, but once the reviews started coming in I figured I’d already had enough from the Schwarzennegger version).

    My vote for biggest disappointment would definitely go to The Raven. I had high hopes for when it was announced — and I’m talking crazy high hopes of seeing the great Edgar Allen Poe stories come to life — but the reviews were all so scathing that I never even went to see it.

    • Dont bother with it. Its mediocre at best.

      They had a GREAT high concept with the killer emulating Poe’s stories… and casting Cusack as Poe was inspired! LOL. But wow… did they ever fail. It was really authentically bland.

      Sad. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  10. I would say TDKR would be my choice. I know a lot of folks were in love with that film but I just didn’t see it. Let’s put it this way if the 3 Nolan Batman films were girls at a bar I would be leaving TDKR for my wingman. Can anyone honestly claim they wouldn’t do the same?

    • No. Not me. I’m seriously with you on that one.

      But I did see it coming. I thought the marketing campaign for that film was severely underwhelming (now I know why), so I wan’t that disappointed, because the thing that would have had me excited the most was just the pedigree and the last movie. On its own it did little to amp me up prior to going in.

      And you said it yourself, a ton of people are in love with that film. So… as much as I try to blend my own personal opinion in with an impartial, objective decision, I couldnt see including it here. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      I am with you on that film though. Heavily, seriously flawed. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      • So which of those three you leaving for your wingman? Batman Begins or The Dark Knight if not TDKR?

      • Oh. Definitely TDKR, are you kidding me?

        I’m making the big push for TDK, with Begins as a fallback plan. And if I get stuck with TDKR, I may just turn it into a night of really heavy drinking and resign myself to hearing my buddies success stories in the morning. LOL ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Yo, you forgot to mention SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN. Or maybe you didn’t, and saw through the cool trailer to actually see what a bore and a let down it really was. Then again, if you liked it, my apologies haha.

    • I DID like it actually, but no need for apologies, that’s kind of in that “Whatever” zone for me. I’m not going to put up a fight about it. LOL

      If anything, I’d have that one on my surprises list. I was surprised I liked it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Prometheus among The Raven and Dark freaking Shadows? Oh, HELL no! ๐Ÿ˜› Seven Psychopaths…that was a disappointment ๐Ÿ˜ฆ The Hobbit too – I knew it won’t be great but Jesus Christ, thank God for the last 40 minutes and the prologue otherwise it would be just talking orcs and trolls.

    • Ohhhhhhhh Sati…. come on.

      Seriously, when was the last movie you LIKED? All Ive been hearing from you lately is the bashing. We need to find you something you APPROVE of, STAT!!

      Meanwhile, I know I bear responsibility for hyping Seven Psychopaths to you, but I stand by it. That movie was a ton of fun.

      • Why shouldn’t I bash movies I don’t like? As a movie fan I would like the movies to be good. When they are not, there is absolutely no reason to go easy on something I wasted my time and money on.

        I LOVED and liked Lincoln, Soldier’s Girl, Django Unchained, every one of LOTR movies I rewatched, Hitchcock and the Paperboy and that’s just from the last two weeks.

      • Definitely should bash them if they’re worthy… but I hadnt seen you balance out on anything.

        I forgot you liked The Paperboy… I finally caught up with it. That one’s…. out there, alright. LOL

  13. I did like Prometheus, but I was very disappointed by “Total Recall.” You’re right, there was a lot of potential there, but it just didn’t come together. I wanted more from “Dark Shadows,” as well, than it ultimately delivered.

    • Ok cool. Two out of three aint bad.

      You know though, at the end of the day, I… enjoyed Prometheus too. I gave it a decent grade and everything. But I was still massively disappointed. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  14. Yeah, I did like it, but it also didn’t make my top list of favorites from 2012. I’m enjoying your end of the year award posts, looking forward to seeing your next round of picks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You were disappointed by The Avengers? Wow, that movie was a home run, man! ๐Ÿ˜€

      I forgot about Haywire. That one was a bit of a let down too. With all that great action, if they had built half of a story around it, that movie could have been kick ass! But it was about as “By the book” as they come… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  15. The answer to this question is definitely Total Recall. I just watched it last night, so its failures are fresh in my brain. I don’t feel like Prometheus was disappointing because I didn’t expect it to be perfect. By keeping the expectations in check, I enjoyed it despite some flaws in the last act.

    • Yeah, Total Recall was a bummer, wasn’t it? The biggest thing to me was… why did they change the story so much? Why no Mars suddenly? I have no concept of why they changed things the way they did. In no way did it make things better.

      Atop of which, they used better special effects in order to create lamer action sequences, like so many CGI updates do unfortunately. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      But I wouldnt rule Prometheus out. LOL. I hear what youre saying, but there was a lot of disappointment there, not just for me but for a lot of people…

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