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Top 10 Worst Movies of 2014

Top 10 Worst Movies of 2014

I have sat through a lot of awful movies over the past 12 months in 2014. Likewise, here is my list of cinematic turkeys that I have compiled for Top 10 Worst Movies of 2014:


10. THE MONUMENTS MEN

A flimsy mix of adventure, drama and comedy, George Clooney's prestige picture of THE MONUMENTS MEN is a monumental failure. The movie may have blessed with first-rate production, but almost everything here is a costly blunder. Apart from Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett's worthwhile performances, most of the star-studded cast here fails to make a lasting impression. Worst of all, Clooney's bland direction is particularly slow-moving until it's looks as if he made this picture for the sake to pass his leisure time. (Read my full review here)

9. THE EXPENDABLES 3

This is a classic example that "more isn't necessarily a good thing". Although franchise starter Sylvester Stallone has put a lot of effort recruiting more familiar action icons of the yesteryears with new addition including Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford, THE EXPENDABLES 3 falls flat as a satisfying entertainment. The action sequences are especially a major letdown with little sense of creativity, while Patrick Hughes' direction feels monotonous. But the biggest mistake of all, is the draggy and pretentious plot involving Barney Ross (Stallone) abandoned his old crew to make way for the young newcomers (Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell and Victor Ortiz). (Read my full review here)

8. RISE OF THE LEGEND

From 2009's MURDERER to 2012's NIGHTFALL, director Roy Chow has wasted a lot of A-list talents (Aaron Kwok, Simon Yam and Nick Cheung) with his infamous penchant of heavy-handed direction. He made the same old mistake again for the third time in the row with RISE OF THE LEGEND, a colossal misfire that supposed to revitalise the once-popular storyline about the legendary martial arts master Wong Fei-Hung for the new generation. Although the production value is top notch and Eddie Peng's dedicated performance in the title role is praiseworthy, RISE OF THE LEGEND spends a lot of time trying to be everything all at once. As a martial arts movie, Corey Yuen's fight choreography is lacklustre. As a drama, the movie is too preachy and too literal. As a comedy, the lighthearted moments feel awkward that even the presence of Wong Cho-Lam as Big Tooth hardly generates a worthy laugh. Finally, the movie is a yawner as a love story that feels more extraneous than necessity. (Read my full review here)

7. DRACULA UNTOLD

DRACULA UNTOLD is supposed to be a highly-anticipated first movie in Universal's world-building attempt that will later tie with other classic movie monsters in the future. Other than Luke Evans' solid performance as Prince Vlad, this lame PG-13 movie, which tries to blend horror and action-fantasy genres altogether, is neither scary nor entertaining enough. The plot, in the meantime, is hardly engaging at all that this brand new origin of Dracula should be remained untold. (Read my full review here)

6. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

The 1990s version of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES franchise wasn't exactly a masterpiece, but reasonably fun enough as a guilty-pleasure entertainment. Unfortunately, Jonathan Liebesman's big-budget reboot of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES fails to recreate the series' trademark playful charm that made the original franchise such a pop-culture phenomenon in the first place. The new movie is especially lack of distinctive personality and mostly unfunny. What's baffling me the most is the surprise box-office hit that this movie manages to make throughout the summer. (Read my full review here)

5. 3 DAYS TO KILL

With the failures of 2003's CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE and 2012's THIS MEANS WAR, it's clear that director McG isn't adept enough when comes to handling action-comedy genre. His losing streak continues with 3 DAYS TO KILL -- an uninspired mess of action, drama and comedy elements. Despite Kevin Costner's would-be promising comeback to the lead action role, his performance is disappointingly stiff to the verge of near boredom. Not to mention, the movie is a nearly two-hour slog that doesn't justify the fast-paced sounding title of 3 DAYS TO KILL. (Read my full review here)

4. KITE

Yasuomi Umetsu's OVA feature of KITE in 1998 was a cult masterpiece notable for its provocative content of hentai-level child pornography and graphic violence. By comparison, this live-action version of KITE is a complete train wreck of a movie. South African music video director-turned-feature filmmaker Ralph Ziman doesn't have the clue what makes the legendary anime such a classic in the first place. Instead, everything here is devoid of creativity and personality. Even the presence of Samuel L. Jackson is wasted with his lousy performance here. (Read my full review here)

3. ICEMAN

As the most heavily-anticipated Chinese blockbuster of 2014, ICEMAN ends up as a big-budget fiasco. Donnie Yen is seriously miscast in the lead role that requires him to act serious and funny at the same time. But as proven in 2013's SPECIAL ID, Yen's sloppy performance is embarrassingly awkward. The action department, always Yen's major forte, fares surprisingly worse with most of the fighting sequences enhanced with bad wirework and spotty CGI. However, it was the uncomfortable mix of mishmash genre that made ICEMAN a flat-out disaster. Plus, can you believe the comedy depicted in this movie is so lowbrow to the point where Donnie Yen's character farts and literally send the whole toilet bowl shooting up into the sky? (Read my full review here)

2. GRACE OF MONACO

It's hard to believe that Olivier Dahan, who used to direct the Edith Piaf biopic in 2007's LA VIE EN ROSE that won Marion Cotillard the Best Actress Oscar, would end up making this disastrous biopic of the late Hollywood actress-turned-royal princess Grace Kelly. Dahan's GRACE OF MONACO was savagely criticised when the movie first opened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It's easy to see why: Dahan's direction is awfully stagy, while the story is so corny and melodramatic that fares as badly as 2013's DIANA. The biggest culprit of all is the fatal miscasting of Nicole Kidman in the title role. Not only she looks too old to play the gracious real-life beauty, her acting comes across as shockingly dull.

1. TRANSCENDENCE

Without doubt, Wally Pfister is one of most accomplished cinematographers working today in Hollywood. However, his highly-anticipated directorial debut in TRANSCENDENCE is a different story altogether. Although the movie is blessed with an intriguing premise about the dark side of the artificial intelligence system, Pfister's direction feels as if he's in the autopilot. The most faulty problem of all is the movie's heavy-handed approach over Will (Johnny Depp) and Evelyn's (Rebecca Hall) ill-fated romance. The all-star cast, especially Johnny Depp, is terribly wasted and the overall story lacks dramatic urgency. (Read my full review here)

OTHER (DIS)HONOURABLE MENTIONS (in non-particular order)

1. I, FRANKENSTEIN

On paper, the concept of rejuvenating Mary Shelley's most famous character into a cool UNDERWORLD-styled premise sounds like a lot of fun. But I, FRANKENSTEIN is as wooden as the title character himself. Apart from Aaron Eckhart's great physical presence, this horror fantasy is disappointingly mediocre that suffered with poor storyline and forgettable characters. (Read my full review here)

2. MALEFICENT

Never mind the fact that MALEFICENT manages to make a lot of money at the box office. Seriously, other than Angelina Jolie's impeccable performance as the wicked witch of Maleficent and some stunning production values, this live-action fairy tale is pretty much a missed opportunity. Veteran art director-turned-feature director Robert Stromberg certainly knows how to beautify his picture. Too bad he fails big time in terms of the story and character development where they matter the most. (Read my full review here)

3. A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

In 2012, Seth MacFarlane made a great career transition from TV (The Family Guy) to the big screen with TED. However, his highly-anticipated follow-up in A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST is a shockingly lame Western spoof. The jokes are largely unfunny, especially with the over-reliance of toilet humour, and the movie is just too damn long to justify its nearly two-hour running time. (Read my full review here)

4. Z STORM

As one of the most highly-anticipated Hong Kong blockbusters of the year, Z STORM falls terribly short as a worthwhile entertainment. Although Louis Koo and Gordon Lam deliver engaging performances, the rest of the movie feels as if it was made by an amateurish filmmaker. Despite the big-budget tag, Z STORM is disappointingly staged like a made-for-TVB movie. On top of that, the movie is poorly written and the action is lacklustre. (Read my full review here)

5. DUMB AND DUMBER TO

Once upon a time, Jim Carrey used to be one of Hollywood's biggest comedy stars in the '90s. Among his most lucrative hits was, of course, DUMB & DUMBER in 1994. But this overdue sequel is sadly twenty years too late. Both Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels have certainly put a lot of effort in their iconic roles, but the movie itself is terribly pale in comparison. DUMB AND DUMBER TO often misses the mark when it tries too hard to be funny, while the Farrelly brothers' direction lacks the same creative sparks they used to have during their heydays. (Read my full review here)

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