With films there are the good, the bad and the ugly. We would like to share with you what movies we felt didn’t make the grade and were either disappointing or a crime against humanity.

Our Worst 5 Films of 2014

Todd James

  1. Plastic
  2. Only Lovers Left Alive
  3. Tammy
  4. Walking on Sunshine
  5. Pudsey the Dog: The Movie

Let me explain, Pudsey the Dog: The Movie is the most poorly made film I’ve ever seen. The reason it’s only number 5 is that it was never, ever going to be good. Some of these other choices might have been. For example, an alternative vampire film with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton? Sounds great. The reality was Only Lovers Left Alive, a true mess.

And how about my number 1? Luckily for humanity, not many people saw Plastic. It wasn’t just the worst film of 2014, it is possibly the worst film of all time. There were no redeeming features whatsoever, and I have never seen less care go in to the making of a film. Walking on Sunshine has a special place for being only the second time I’ve walked out of the cinema, and Tammy thoroughly deserves a mention for being the most boring film of the year.

Our Worst 5 Films of 2014

Chris Elliott

  1. Tammy
  2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  3. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
  4. Transformers: Age of Extinction
  5. A Million Ways to Die in the West

First off, two of these are comedies and I’m no expert here but shouldn’t I laugh at some point? I laughed once in Million Ways. Once. That’s really not good but still leaves it one joke better than Tammy. I have no problem with Melissa McCarthy, in fact I quite liked The Heat. How do you drop in Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh and Susan Sarandon and still end up with a boring, annoying mess like that. Still at least it was short, unlike Transformers 4.

I’m starting to feel like an abused spouse with Michael Bay, each time he promises to change. Each time I’m lured back into his films. Is that Optimus Prime? Riding a Dinobot!?! Count me in…..oh. As for the Hobbit, it’s thin. Very thin, and I know that some people love them but honestly, I think love of the Lord of the Rings trilogy is blinding people as to how repetitive, bland and full of pointless filler the Hobbit trilogy really is. Lastly, Spider-Man which is in there because bits are really quite good. Maybe, just maybe, if Sony can bring themselves to just hire a good director and leave them the hell alone, perhaps Spider-Man can be saved and not end up like another Batman and Robin

Our Worst 5 Films of 2014

James Forbes

  1. Divergent
  2. Transcendence
  3. The Double
  4. Dracula Untold
  5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I was quite fortunate this year to have avoided the majority of the truly depressingly bad films released this year. My bottom 5 is less the worst films of the year and more the ones I was most disappointed with. Divergent is a good start to a trilogy, but every interesting aspect of the film was avoided. “What’s outside the city?” a character would ask. I’d patiently await a satisfying response, but instead all we get is: “We don’t go out there…” TELL ME WHAT’S OUT THERE!!!

Being a lover of all things technology, Transcendence felt like a film made for me. However the film was a disappointment. It managed to both be slow-paced and cover a lot of ground; they would skip many years at a time. It had some great ideas, however poorly operated.

These films weren’t the worse of the year, they just needed that little be extra to be amazing!

Our Worst 5 Films of 2014

Matt Dennis

  1. Need For Speed
  2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  3. Transformers: Age of Extinction
  4. Pudsey the Dog: The Movie
  5. Lucy

If there ever was a film that could be re-branded and sold as a sleeping aid, then Need For Speed certainly comes close. A boring, over-done film that tries desperately to make itself seem that bit more important and awe-inspiring then it actually is. Overlong, snore-inducing, horribly hammy and a waste of Aaron Paul’s talents, it certainly needs something aside from just Speed.

Wasted opportunity of the year goes to the abysmal Amazing Spider-Man 2. The first film clumsily retold and rehashed the origin of everyone’s favourite web-slinger, but at least set things up for a potentially great new direction in future films. ASM2 squanders this opportunity from the off, resulting in a film that is miscast (*cough* Jamie Foxx), bloated, poorly edited, and uninspiring. Spider-Man, as a character, deserves so much better!

Luc Besson’s Lucy promised a smart action thriller, but clearly forgot about the smarts, instead throwing an emotionally void and overpowered god-like Scarlett Johansson up against some Korean gangsters. Nonsensical doesn’t even cover it.

Our Worst 5 Films of 2014

Amy Biss

  1. Her
  2. Dracula Untold
  3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  4. Transcendence
  5. The Maze Runner

I know that choosing Her is very controversial, considering the majority of my peers put it in their top 10 films list. However, I did not like it, maybe because I didn’t understand it. It just felt uncomfortable and creepy, I get that it is looking at love and what actually love is, but I found it slow-paced and boring.

I don’t necessarily consider my next choices to be the worse films of the year but I was disappointed with them, Dracula Untold was visually amazing, and the story seemed promising, but I don’t think that it was executed to its full potential. The same with my other choices, I liked them, they were entertaining, but I probably won’t watch them again.

 

 

That’s it for this year. Make sure you check out our other end of year articles:

What were your bottom 5 films of 2014? Please share in the comments.