Sunday, 7 February 2010

Top 10 Disappointments of 2009

My first post of 2010 comes a little late due to some misfortune with internet, being busy and a little lazy at times. Regardless, here is my top 10 Disappointments of 2009. This list contains all films which either saw a commercial or film festival release in 2009 in South Africa. So some films may originate from 2008 due to their late release here and some films could seem clearly missing cause I never got to see them all. So here we go:


10. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Review Not Available.
5/10


9. Transporter 3
Review Not Available.
5/10


8. New Moon
Full review
While somewhat enjoyable, New Moon lacks identity and this is solely based on the fact that it does little to enhance the Twilight formula. Richer mythology is added; the quality of acting has increased in the overall cast; and the special effects have undergone a needed retuning. But like Edward so blandly points about himself, the film lacks a soul. The brewing romance between Bella and Edward is lifeless with a general lack of development throughout all the characters. Likewise, the narrative never really seems to head in any viable direction and it is up to the lesser characters to get the film's blood pumping.
5/10


7. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Review Not Available.
5/10


6. Passengers
Review Not Available.
5/10


5. The Haunting in Connecticut
Review Not Available.
5/10

4. Chandni Chowk to China
Full review
Simply put, Chandni Chowk to China is a disappointing film especially when its taken into consideration that it was delayed from its original release in October/ November last year. It is difficult to tell if any additions were made because nothing really gels well for the film as a whole. The acting is passable, with the Chinese actors being the highlight; the story is decent but is overshadowed by a mere subplot; and the music selection is shocking. That said the film has some of the best action sequences in a Bollywood film with the martial arts being fun to watch and the film is comedic throughout. However it should be advised that one's enjoyment of the film depends merely on their temperament for stupidity.
5/10

3. The Countess
Full review
The Countess is a surprisingly average film with a good sense of technical techniques being weighed down by some weak showcases of acting and a confused directional narrative. The beginning attempts to setup the film as a mystery thriller, something to get audiences debating the accuracy of events, but ultimately the film is so conclusive with what it wants audiences to believe that the film gets muddled up in its own creative process. It is an interesting movie with an exciting subject at its helm, but it is nonetheless a flawed film that just never gets going
5/10


2. Transformers: Rise of the Fallen
Review Not Available
4/10

1. Obsessed
Review Not Available
4/10

What were your disappointing films of last year?

1 comment:

spidercrunch said...

Dante's epic quest loses momentum long before you reach the end.

Score: 6.5 / fair

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