There have been some amazing films this year. There have been some not so good films this year. Then there are the films on this list. Presenting Third Act Film’s Worst 5 films of the year, enjoy! We certainly didn’t…

Our Worst 5 Films of 2015

Todd James

  1. Taken 3
  2. Knock Knock
  3. The Boy Next Door
  4. We Are Your Friends
  5. Macbeth

I’ve seen more than 150 films this year, so you know the films on this list have to be pretty special. To put things even more into perspective, I hated both American Sniper and SPECTRE so much that I wrote articles about how bad they were, and neither of those made it into my bottom five…

Macbeth wins the ‘most boring and self indulgent’ film of the year, and is certainly in contention for the all time list, whereas We Are Your Friends takes the ‘how did this ever get made? It has a terrible message and no redeeming features’ award. The Boy Next Door however has the worst individual scene, when a 35-year-old teenager gave Jennifer Lopez a ‘first addition’ of a four thousand-year old text. Yup.

Now we’re getting to the good stuff! Knock Knock… Wow. Some people I know enjoyed this film in a so-bad-it’s-good way, but I couldn’t even take it like that. Not even Keanu Reeves comparing a threesome with two beautiful women to free pizza could make me enjoy this bilge. Taken 3 (or Tak3n) was just… well, it was worse than Taken 2 (2aken?), which should say it all.

Our Worst 5 Films of 2015

Chris Elliott

  1. Hot Pursuit
  2. Mortdecai
  3. Knock Knock
  4. Insurgent
  5. Terminator Genisys

The X-Men have been the poster child for pretending things never happened and Days of Future Past really set the bar for surgically removing entire films from a franchise. So, to follow their example, along comes Genisys to uh…. rewrite a whole franchise including two of the most beloved sci-fi films of all time? Idiots. Terminator Genisys brought a plot as ridiculous as its spelling and hoped you wouldn’t notice it was a shameless cash grab. Well we did (except in China, apparently) and hopefully the franchise can just die here (damn it China!).

Insurgent was a film so pointless that the story finished in the same place it started and laid the groundwork for Allegiant part 1 to take a place on this list next year. Even Keanu Reeves’ charisma couldn’t save the dud that was Knock Knock and I agree with everything Todd James said about it above.

Now Mortdecai and Hot Pursuit are allegedly comedies although I heard no-one laughing in either (that said Todd James did review Mortdecai far higher than I would have…). Hot Pursuit didn’t make me laugh but in parts actually made me angry instead. It’s a horrid waste of a film and I can only assume that Reese Witherspoon is in tremendous debt to agree to make it.

Our Worst 5 Films of 2015

Michael Reffold

  1. Minions
  2. Crimson Peak
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  4. Effie Gray

Nobody was expecting Minions to be any good, so I only have myself to blame for seeing it – the trailer is basically the first (and best) 5 minutes of the film and you’re not getting anything better in the full movie. Lazy, irritating and destroying any charm those minions might have had in Despicable Me and its sequel. And the less said about Sandra Bullock’s 2D character Scarlet Overkill, the better.

Crimson Peak is proof that even your favourite directors can let you down badly, despite a cool concept and solid cast. Only Jessica Chastain gets out of the film with reputation intact, hamming it up chronically as the deranged sister of Gothic heart-throb Tom Hiddleston. Beautiful scenery doesn’t make up for an awful script and shoddy rehashing of techniques used better in Guillermo del Toro’s masterpieces Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone. A crushing disappointment that my dad refers to as “More like Crimson Trough!” Oh dear.

The latest Avengers film marks the point when I give up on comic book films for good – a bloated movie with a cast too big to cope with and a ridiculous, Pinocchio-quoting robot villain. Bored now… But at least it was less likely to bore its audience rigid than Emma Thompson’s stiff, lifeless period drama Effie Gray, the story of John Ruskin’s wife and her tedious husband’s fear of intimacy. Dull, badly acted and filmed in sepia tones intended to create a woozy atmosphere but actually just sending those who watch it into a deep sleep.

Our Worst 5 Films of 2015

Matt Dennis

  1. Spy
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey
  3. Taken 3
  4. Fantastic Four
  5. Max

Everyone loved Melissa McCarthy’s Spy. Except yours truly, apparently. Painfully unfunny, relying on recycled spy movie clichés, cruddy cameos, repeated swear bombs and constant shouting from McCarthy, Spy really is the most overblown, over-hyped piece of dross to sneak its way onto cinema screens this year.

Who’d have thought that the worst thing about Fifty Shades of Grey would be how disappointing it was? Oh, we knew it would be rubbish (after all, its adapted from one of the worst modern novels ever written), but we expected it to at least be a movie so bad that it was hilarious. And they couldn’t even deliver that, resulting in a stale, clinical and boring drag of a movie. Yawn inducing!

Taken 3 sucked majorly, mostly due to the same issues it’s predecessor faced (12A rated cut, ridiculous plot holes, boring characters, blah-blah-blah!), but Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four highlighted everything wrong with modern Hollywood in one hour and 40 minutes, whilst also managing, against expectations, to be even worse than Tim Story’s previous Fantastic Four movies. Now that’s fantastic!

And finally, continuing myself & Todd James’ annual tradition of seeing one crappy dog movie every year, this year’s canine award goes to Max, a sickly, syrupy movie with serious identity issues – is it a sweet tale of a mutt and his boy owner overcoming grief together? A weird, convoluted suburban crime thriller? A super-patriotic advertisement for the US Military?! Or utter cinematic crap?*

*Yeah, it’s that one.

Our Worst 5 Films of 2015

James Forbes

  1. Fantastic Four
  2. The Visit
  3. We Are Your Friends
  4. Jupiter Ascending
  5. Child 44

I can’t. I simply can’t. I cannot believe how many great films we have readily available and yet, each year we get utter trash. Of course Fantastic Four is the worst film of the year. You don’t even have to watch to know why it is. What a mess! Actually a hard decision to make was to have The Visit as my number 2. I’m not a fan of horrors, evidently, and this certainly didn’t change my opinion.

The main problem I had with all of these titles was that they were boring. Whether that be the complete absences of a plot as with We Are Your Friends or how I have to be shown boring activities to see just how boring a character’s life is in Jupiter Ascending. Films are supposed to help people escape their own mundane lives, not live another. /rantover

Our Worst 5 Films of 2015

Amy Biss

  1. American Sniper
  2. Fantastic Four
  3. Spectre
  4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  5. Into the Woods

American Sniper has to be the worst film of 2015. Period. There is absolutely nothing that was redeemable about this film. All I have to say is: Plastic Baby!!

I was excited to see Fantastic Four, Spectre and Into the Woods, and I was extremely disappointed by all three. Fantastic Four wasn’t even a complete film, nothing really happened. There was no real character development, and they get powers and then it ends.

Spectre didn’t really know what it was trying to be, it copied different elements from other Bond films, but it just doesn’t work. And the villain just fell flat.

Into the Woods, had all the things elements that I look for in a film, singing, princesses and it was Disney. I was just upset that it didn’t meet the expectations that I had for it. However, Meryl Streep was brilliant in her role as the witch.


So that was our worst 5 of 2015. What were yours? Share your thoughts in the comments below!