Ken's Worst 12 Movies of 2007!
by Ken Evans
January 9, 2008
You can't have a "Best of" list without having the "Worst of" list as well. These films were, in my opinion, the worst films I saw during 2007. Bear in mind that I haven't seen every movie last year so films that would have probably gone on this list like Dead Silence, Are We Done Yet?, and Code Name: The Cleaner won't be on here. I feel that most people would agree with the majority of the films on my list. Although, I know there are a few on here that might upset some. Either way, these are the least enjoyable films I saw all year.
1. Margot at the Wedding
This was definitely the worst film I saw all year. It is all about a dysfunctional family and how they gossip and keep secrets from each other. I felt like I was watching Jerry Springer but without the passion that seems to come from the people on his show. I actually almost walked out of the screening except I was the only one who showed up. I never leave a movie early which tells how bad it truly was. I don't mind films like these where everything is messed up and depressing, as long as I can walk away feeling like I learned something or was able to grasp onto something profitably from it. For me this film was void of anything worthwhile and was a colossal waste of my time. Avoid this at all costs, unless you enjoy depressing, pointless films.
2. Ghost Rider
Anyone who has talked to me about movies knows my feelings about this film. I absolutely hated it. Nicolas Cage was just as dry, if not dryer, in this than in The Wicker Man. Donal Logue, who played the comic relief, was cheesy and not funny. As cool as Sam Elliot is, I'm finding that he doesn't do much in the films he is in, with Ghost Rider being no exception. It has weak character development, marginal acting, a repetitive plot (step 1: find demons; step 2: wrap chain around demon to kill him; step 3: repeat steps 1 and 2) and mediocre special effects. I thought maybe the final fight would make up for the poor build up, but I was wrong. The last battle proved to be a un-climactic end to a equally uneventful film. Nicolas Cage owes me two good movies to make up for this one.
3. Bridge to Terabithia
I'm actually smiling writing this one because I know so many people are going to be upset at me for putting this high on the list. Let me explain why I didn't like it so much. I was actually looking forward to this and had heard pretty good things. So, for dinner one night I sat down with my wife and brother-in-law to watch this while we ate. Everything was going fine and we were enjoying it. Then, all of a sudden, the little girl died. We all just froze. Food was falling out of my mouth, my wife was crying and my brother-in-law was just shaking his head. It turned from a nice fantasy film for kids into the saddest thing I have seen all year. I felt cheated and tricked because my expectations were for one type of film when it turned out to be something else completely. Needless to say, the end wrecked the whole experience and all three of us ended up hating it.
4. Smokin' Aces
This was just a mess of a movie for me. I think I was expecting the whole movie to be like the lobby scene in the first Matrix. Instead none of the scenes were very awesome, and when it was over I felt like nothing really happened. Jeremy Piven was just as annoying as he was in The Kingdom. Not much to say about this one except completely un-enjoyable for me. Don't really know anyone who liked it much.
5. Good Luck Chuck
This was a mix between the worst, most cheesy over-the-top romance and a raunchy, almost X-rated comedy. Dane Cook wasn't funny at all. He really hasn't been funny in any of his feature film attempts. Jessica Alba's performance was mediocre and really just serves to be a pretty face (like Jessica Simpson in Employee of the Month). Mix all that with the fact that there were a bunch of little kids in the theater and it made for one extremely un-enjoyable experience.
Besides being totally uninteresting and predictable it was also boring and unsuspenseful. I mean, do we really need another crappy torture film?
I heard so many great things about this movie. It was supposed to rejuvenate the American slasher film genre. Well, it definitely won't do that. As I was watching it I seriously thought it was a joke. I wanted to turn it off but knew I had to finish it just so that I could warn people about it. Only watch this if you want to have a good laugh, that's how bad it is.
8. The Invasion
This was probably the biggest surprise for me of a film I thought I would like but didn't. I am already a big fan of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Then when you throw in Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman that meant it had to be good. How could they go wrong? Well, they screwed up the story and rushed it so fast that it couldn't build any suspense with the audience. It had so many holes that didn't make sense and were never explained. The Invasion turned out to be a colossal mess that if treated carefully and with patience could have been much better.
9. The Heartbreak Kid
Too bad I didn't enjoy this because I really like the Farrelly brothers. I loved Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary, Kingpin, Shallow Hal, and Fever Pitch. I felt like The Heartbreak Kid was a return to Me, Myself & Irene which I hated and thought was the worst Farrelly brothers film, until this. I'll admit to laughing a few times, but when I think of what they are capable of this was a huge disappointment.
10. Lions for Lambs
It wasn't the movie making quality that made this a bad film, it was what happened to the story about half way through. It went from interesting to beating me over the head with its one sided teaching. Audiences like to make their own decisions based on the facts instead of the director beating them over the head with his own opinion, and that's the inherit problem with Lions for Lambs. A horrible last half that wrecked what could have been a good movie.
11. Aliens vs Predator: Requiem
The first two movies I ever purchased were Alien and Predator on VHS. I am a huge fan of both. Unfortunately, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is not the alien and predator I grew to enjoy so much when I was younger. There is no more hero, just a bunch of little storylines that all come together very predictably. Then, they throw together a bunch of poor quality fight scenes between the two species. Every fight is shown with close up shots so you never really get a good look at either the alien or the predator. This is one series that I would love to take over and actually produce something that has some integrity and some sense of where it all started.
12. The Number 23
To be fair I don't remember this one much. I saw it so long ago and just remember walking out disappointed. I recall it being extremely predictable and ultimately boring. The concept was good but it just wasn't able to follow-through. I really think Jim Carrey should stick with comedy. With the exception of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I don't think he is cut out for drama.
Don't forget to check out my Best and Personal Favorites of 2007 as well!