As is customary the day before the Academy Award nominations are announced, the Razzie Award nominations have been unveiled – highlighting the worst in movies over the past year. And while this year’s Razzies are to be applauded for skewering some of the truly awful films from 2016, we couldn’t help but notice a number of other terrible movies that didn’t make the Razzies list. In fact, we were a little shocked that some films which proved to be epic disappointments and failures over the past 12 months were all but ignored by the Razzies. Could it be that the good folks at the Razzies have gone soft? Here’s a list of 10 other movies that deserved the scorn of the Razzies.
Are you kidding us? Not a single nomination for what almost every person in the world of fandom anywhere widely considers to be the most horrendous movie of 2016. Really? The Warcraft movie, based on the popular World of Warcraft video game series, was such a mess that its director Duncan Jones all but disowned the movie before it even premiered, saying “Trying to make a movie like Warcraft, and trying to do it in a unique way, you get killed by a death of 1,000 cuts.” Yes, the world is littered with terrible movies based on video games. But Warcraft was particularly awful. Critics savaged it and fans stayed away, making Warcraft also one of the biggest box office turkeys of 2016 – it grossed less than $50 million in North America. Yet no love from the Razzies this year? Curious, to say the least.
Sci-fi fans are horrible apologists. They’ll literally make any excuse to justify a sci-fi movie. We know people in our office who make a case that Event Horizon was a good movie. So when sci-fi fans throw a movie like Passengers under the bus, you know it’s got to be truly awful. And it is. Trust us. In fact, Passengers was the big movie disappointment of Christmas 2016. The film is about two people on an interstellar trip who are awakened from suspended animation 90-years too early when their ship malfunctions, and who then proceed to fall for each other and get it on while traveling at light speed. It’s all really schlocky and horrible. This is a movie that was panned by everyone for bad acting, a terrible script, and having no point whatsoever. Yet this film was completely overlooked by the good people at the Razzies. Shameful.
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Yes, the Razzies gave actress Megan Fox a “Worst Actress” nomination for her role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. But the Razzies nominate her for Worst Actress every time she makes a movie. The sage judges at the Razzies have concluded, correctly, that Megan Fox cannot act. But no nominations for this stinker in any other categories, including “Worst Picture?” C’mon, man! This was hands down the worst Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie made to date – live action or animated. And that’s saying a lot, considering the ups and downs of this franchise. While the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot did better than expected and grossed nearly $500 million worldwide, the 2016 sequel grossed less than half of the first one. And fans roasted this lame movie online, not to mention critics, many of whom skipped the screenings altogether. Seems hard to ignore this terrible cinematic experience.
Were you even aware that there was a sequel to The Da Vinci Code? If not, you can be forgiven, as the Ron Howard directed film Inferno, starring Tom Hanks once again as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, was quickly pulled from movie theaters after critics napalmed it and audiences stayed away. The problem with these movies based on the Dan Brown page turners are that the books they’re based on aren’t very good to begin with. They’re all pretty terrible, even the bestseller Da Vinci Code. Plus, Hanks is flat out boring as the star of these films. He certainly deserved a “Worst Actor” Razzie nomination. A “Worst Sequel” nod would have been appropriate too. We think an investigation into this one might be warranted.
Not a single miserable shout out to the disappointing Ghostbusters reboot that landed in movie theaters this past summer. Featuring an all-female cast, this reboot was flamed to a crisp online before the film was even released. And once in theaters, the nicest thing people could say about it is that it isn’t as awful as they expected. Critics and audiences alike agreed that this reboot simply isn’t funny and could never live up to the classic source material from which it is derived. A weak script and lack of humor pretty well sunk this film, which under performed at the box office. And surely, Melissa McCarthy deserved a Razzie nomination for her usual over-the-top shtick in this movie – which is fast growing tiresome, by the way. There could have also been a nomination for “Worst Remake.” After all, while the Ghostbuster reboot grossed $227.6 million at the box office, plans for a sequel have reportedly been shelved.
5. Divergent Series: Allegiant
Actress Shailene Woodley got a nomination as “Worst Actress” for the 2016 movie Divergent Series: Allegiant. But that is not nearly enough for this absolutely horrendous sequel. Hands down the worst film in the Divergent Series to date, Allegiant made the final few films in the Twilight and Hunger Games franchises seem like Citizen Kane. A jumbled script, lame special effects, and unconvincing acting make this movie nearly impossible to sit through. We feel strongly that just about everyone whose seen Allegiant would agree with us. Yet, this movie barely got noticed by the Razzies. Surely, it could have been nominated for “Worst Screenplay” or “Worst Screen Combo.” Multiple nominations would have been nice to see.
4. Now You See Me 2
Is there anyone, anywhere, that liked the 2016 sequel Now You See Me 2? While the original 2013 film was refreshing and interesting, last year’s sequel was brutally awful. For God’s sake, they cast Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe as the movie’s villain. Seriously? Daniel Radcliffe, for sure, should have been given a nomination for “Worst Supporting Actor.” But no, nothing. Not a single nomination for this movie about magicians and illusionists who pull off heists and are pursued by the FBI. Even though Now You See Me 2 was nothing more than a retread of the original film. A huge critical let down, this piece of crap was also a major box office disappointment. It grossed less than half the original. This is definitely a movie that deserved more recognition from the Razzies committee.
3. London Has Fallen
Maybe there were so many movies in 2016 that the judges at the Razzies just didn’t get around to watching London Has Fallen. Not that we would recommend anyone actually see this sequel to the 2013 mess that was Olympus Has Fallen. But not nominating this movie and focusing instead on actor Gerard Butler’s other turkey from 2016, God of Egypt, seems like a major oversight to us. After all, this film is terrible from first frame to last. It is the worst type of sequel – a lazy one. With no reason to exist except to earn some green at the box office. The Village Voice summed up this bad flick the best when they wrote: “The action never stops once the first car bomb is triggered, but the second half of London Has Fallen takes place mostly in the dark, where nobody can see the budget.” Well said. The Razzies should take note.
2. The Legend of Tarzan
It must be a sign of how many bad movies there were in 2016, that the Razzies couldn’t squeeze in a single nomination for the bombastic, CGI heavy movie The Legend of Tarzan, which is basically a remake of the 1984 film Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan that starred Christopher Lambert as the king of the jungle. Starring Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie, this movie disappointed everyone who saw it – fans and critics. It has a 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and people lambasted this film for having among the worst special effects of any film in 2016. They just aren’t convincing. Viewers never believe that the movie is actually taking place in a jungle. Compare the special effects in this film with those in The Jungle Book (also released in 2016) and you’ll see what we mean. Plus, the acting is just plain terrible. Margot Robbie certainly deserved a nomination for “Worst Actress.”
1. Nine Lives
There’s no excusing the omission of Nine Lives from the Razzie nominations this year. This movie starring (once respected) actor Kevin Spacey as an uptight businessman who finds himself turned into the family cat is just plain gruesome to watch. It’s like the film The Shaggy Dog, but with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. This movie should have received Razzie nominations across the board – Worst Movie, Worst Actor, Worst Director, and so on. Hell, this movie should have swept the Razzies this year. It should be like when Lord of the Rings: Return of the King won 11 Oscars, but ya know, for bad movies. Yet this downright terrible film did not get a single nomination – despite the fact that it holds just an 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers wrote of this movie: “At 87 torturous, laugh-free minutes, the film could change the most avid cat fancier into a kitty hater.” And that was one of the good reviews.