When I see a great-looking film, I can’t help but get a sense of euphoria run through my veins in the hopes that it is as good as it looks. Many times, a movie is “okay,” but had the ability to be great, which is what this list is about. Many movies have looked amazing and sucked, and that really angers me because it shows the problems with advertising. I think that every film review that is for a professional organization should have the best and worst comments from reviewers on it. But I digress. Moving to the films, the 5 films that could have been are:
>The Happening – Director: M. Night Shyamalan – M. Night’s nature-fights-back flick looked amazing in the trailer because it was his first R-Rated film. The violence was near-about missing, in reality, and the movie was a complete failure. From the bad acting, excluding Markie Mark, and the extremely ugly and dreadful plot and its structure, the movie just sucked. New actors excluding Markie Mark and John Liguizamo, a new ending, hell, a new script, and better violence. Its R-Rated, M. Night, work with it.
>Paranormal Activity – Director: Oren Peli – So, do you like to be scared? Then don’t go to this movie, you’ll die from boredom and go into a coma from the built up suspense from reviewers that you never get to let out. The movie sucked, and would have been better, had it actually been scary. All there needed to be was the occasional flying object and louder noises and a not-5-minute standstill at the end before he got thrown at the camera, which was called in the trailer (which is another reason why advertising sucks: it ruins the best parts of movies).
>Terminator: Salvation – Director: McG – Terminator 3 proved that only James Cameron should be making a Terminator movie, and also that it should have ended with the second one. Then this movies trailer came along. To this day, my favorite trailer is the one for this movie with the Nine Inch Nails song “Day the World Went Away” playing in it. This proves that advertising sucks, because the movie dreadfully did. Terminator: Salvation certainly proved that only Cameron can make a Terminator, and that it should have ended with the second one. Solutions: Better actors, better plot, R-RATING, for Christ’s sake, and a better ending than the one that has happened in the last three.
>Matrix Reloaded & Matrix Revolutions – Directors: The Wachowski Brothers – The first movie was epic. The second kinda sucked. The third outright sucked. What the hell, Wachowski Brothers? When I see a movie like The Matrix, I expect there to either be no sequel and for people to understand that all is well, or there should be one or two sequels, and they should reflect the awesomeness of the first one. Problems? Cheesier than a Packers fan and this joke, and some terrible acting, along with a dreadful plot. Solutions? Get better ensemble actors and a better plot next time. I feel that there should have been a movie between Reloaded and the original because of how different the not only elements but style of the films were.
>The Fountain – Director: Darren Aronofsky – This film just straight up pissed me off. Aronofsky is one of my favorite directors, and when I saw this film, I was amazed by the graphics and the great music, but when the plot, characters and space tree stuff didn’t mix and confused even the most enticed viewers by making them ask “well why the hell did that happen?”, it was quite difficult to enjoy it. Strike one for Aronofsky. With hope, it’ll never happen again. Improvements? Make the story a bit easier to follow. The acting was great, but make things mesh and not just be randomly placed.
>The Butterfly Effect – Directors: Eric Bress & J. Mackye Gruber – The movie had the chance to be one of the best ever, but the movie was ungodly cheesy with bad dialog and bad acting. If they had fixed the acting, had better lines made to fit the players, and had a more diverse cast (Ashton Kutcher? WTF?) then the film would have been simply breathtaking.