40 Films That Should Have Been Awesome

What might have been

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    • gonzoBen

      Jan 27th 2012, 7:56

      Miami Vice WAS awesome though. And don't even get me started on Hulk; it's about Moss. Moss is inherently awesome.

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    • deedeedragons

      Jan 27th 2012, 8:34

      She even makes an eye-patch look sexy.

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    • deedeedragons

      Jan 27th 2012, 8:34

      She even makes an eye-patch look sexy.

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Jan 27th 2012, 8:47

      The original idea for the movie Supernova was brilliant with astronauts discovering a relic in space that opens a doorway to hell with design input from HR Geiger. Studio interference turned it into a sucky abomination and Event Horizon showed how well the original idea would have worked.

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    • Bandit1

      Jan 27th 2012, 8:51

      ...guilty! There's actually many movies I like on this list. They might not be awesome...but many of them are some good two-hours of fun! I actually enjoyed "Miami Vice" and "Robin Hood" very much. Especially Robin Hood gets too less credits IMO. And I can't dislike "Die Hard 4.0" - being far from perfect it's still John McClane...and he drives an effin police car into a helicopter! And the same goes for "Indy 4.0" ...it's still Harrison Ford...and still Indy! Just get rid of that idiot Shia! Agreed very much on "I Am Legend" though...the ending, omg! They did shoot a better one, why oh why they didn't use that one....

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 27th 2012, 9:48

      Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skulls? Shia Laboeuf. Wall Street 2? Shia Laboeuf. Transformers (2+3)? Shia LaBoeff. Constantine? Shia Laboeuf.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jan 27th 2012, 11:44

      I Robot? Shia Laboeuf. I actually like Die Hard 4 and didn't think the pg rating made that much difference (only the swearing was missing.. pretty violent though). The biggest mistake with number 4 was John McClane not being... John McClane really.. he needed more wise cracks instead of behaving like the Terminator. Quantum of Solace had a great beginning but again, it was basically a film about a bloke going round the globe caving some heads in.

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    • Murphy0806

      Jan 27th 2012, 14:05

      X-men 3 over X2? Are you serious Dalidab? For me X2 is second only to The Dark Knight in terms of Comic Book adaptations. An incredible achievement in character development and depth considering the size of the ensemble cast. Characters like Pyro, Iceman and Deathstrike could have easily been lost in amongst the others but Singer and the writers managed to make them stand out. The Lost World better than Jurassic Park? That's just plain weird. If you want to be taken seriously on this site you need to stop posting drivel like that. And "the best decent James Bond film I have ever seen in a long time"? Come on!

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    • Murphy0806

      Jan 27th 2012, 14:06

      *recent

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    • SiMan

      Jan 27th 2012, 14:50

      I always wondered if Lucas could have made the prequels as if it were intended you had to watch them in order, i.e, you wouldn't know Luke and Leia were siblings, you wouldn't Anakin was Vader until you got to Empire, etc. Have no idea how you would do it like that, but does anyone else think that would have worked better?

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    • SiMan

      Jan 27th 2012, 14:50

      Oh, and i wish the Potter films had done like the LoTR ones and all had extended versions. There was so much from the books that they missed out.

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    • MikeyRix

      Jan 27th 2012, 14:54

      "Van Helsing" WAS awesome, "I, Robot" and "Public Enemies" were both great and I liked "Resident Evil" (although apparently, I have a track record of liking films everyone else hated!). I do agree on "I Am Legend", "...Extraordinary Gentlemen" and "...Crystal Skull" both being f*ck-awful, however. And c'mon, neither of the "Deathly Hallows" films were HALF as bad as "The Half-Blood Prince". Ugh, I wanted to stab myself in the face after seeing that. >.

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    • FBAMartine30

      Jan 27th 2012, 16:15

      Yeah, I agree re: Star Wars. The Boba Fett character was basically an "extra" in the original trilogy. Did we really need an origin story for him?

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    • nkutzler

      Jan 27th 2012, 16:28

      I realized Transformers should have been on the list. However, they'd need a different director. Kill Bill 2 was the first offense. I see how it's different from the first, but I just tend to prefer #2. I don't know if I can explain myself, though. Quantum is worse, because that is the best Bond film. And there is a villain- Greene is possibly part-cat and swings an ax into his foot. It captures the greatness of Casino Royale but I think it makes Bond a stronger character and expounds on the events of the first film. Miami Vice, because that's just a great movie. Finally, Iron Man 2 is great, works perfectly for an ensemble, and definitely could only use more Justin Hammer, possibly the greatest character ever.

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    • gwales

      Jan 27th 2012, 16:34

      Surprised by the love for Miami Vice - maybe just not my cup of tea. But Quantum the best Bond film? Come on...

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    • marc96

      Jan 27th 2012, 16:52

      i love kill bill volume 2 i even prefer it to volume 1, granted its a slower pace and i was looking forward to an epic fight that never happened at the end but still great. i dont think i'll ever understand this hatred for shia lebeouf, i think hes a quality actor just maybe needs to pick films a bit wiser. lost world, quantum of solace & die hard wouldnt be on my list but each to their own i guess..... definitely agree about last stand that was an awful movie, if i go to the cinema i always try to find positive things about the film as i've spent money to see it...... there were no positives just like the mummy 3, that should be on this list as well

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 27th 2012, 20:22

      I don't care what anyone says, Troy is amazing. And the battle between Hector and Achilles is easily one of the best sword fights to grace the screen. BTW Alien: Resurrection over Alien 3 ??????????

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    • marc96

      Jan 27th 2012, 20:42

      @Ali748 i completely agree, i loved Troy, the Hector v Achilles fight is amazing, partly because i liked both characters you didnt want either to die

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    • Mattsimus

      Jan 27th 2012, 22:41

      Troy was weak but THE FIGHT!!! saved it...just!!!................as for Kill Bill 2, deathly hallows 2 & Iron Man 2 were Awsome.....Alien resurection was better than 3, but it was too short and didnt really feel like an Alien movie!.....having said that most of this list was accurate! Matrix revolutions, miami vice, i Robit etc.....usually TF lists are c**p!....so well done kinda x

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 28th 2012, 0:22

      Source Code. A bit contrived. Sorry.

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    • thedanieljson

      Jan 28th 2012, 2:08

      One to add; Surrogates. The premise of that film is nothing short of Phillip K. Dick quality, just dumbed down by ridiculous set pieces, slim characterisation, and a complete lack of any humour. Such a shame, such a waste.

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    • writerdave87

      Jan 28th 2012, 4:47

      Troy is a poor overall film but has some extremely good bits in it (the Bana vs Pitt fight is brilliantly done). I think it's a bit unfair to lay into Michael Mann for 'lack of humour'... he's never had chuckles in any of his movies, his crime thrillers are dark, broody character studies of violent men. You want humour, go elsewhere! Miami Vice the movie was much closer to his original vision of what he wanted the TV show to be like, and I think it's brilliant with two understated, decent performances from the lead characters. The Mummy 3 should definitely be on here though. Also, Dalidab as usual you demonstrate an impressive lack of taste.

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    • joker16

      Jan 28th 2012, 5:08

      I'm sorry but this list is a total joke. I can't believe the writer had the balls to list Kill Bill Vol. 2 as a "bomb." Even people who aren't crazy about Kill Bill think Vol. 2 is the superior film. It seems the writer has a bad case of ADD. Miami Vice is indeed an Ace film and Public Enemies was my favorite film of 2009. Also, I really don't get why people lay into Ocean's 12. The only criticism I ever see of it is that "it's too complicated with too many twists." Seriously? If you actually pay attention to the film it's not difficult to follow at all. I actually prefer it to 11. Oh, and Robin Hood is also an Ace film. Whoever complied this list has pretty bad taste.

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    • thedanieljson

      Jan 28th 2012, 9:31

      I have to admit that I actually agree on them with Kill Bill Vol. 2. The first is much better, thought this was a generally accepted thing. Oh and Robin Hood was s**te.

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    • aragorn01

      Jan 28th 2012, 20:00

      X3 - i like. after CHARACTER BUILDING in the first two chapters, it's about TIME for more action in the third proceeding. and..for the last time...CYCLOPS IS NOT DEAD. the movie did NOT show him dead in ANY WAY. go see the movie again. and with the latest word from Fox that they ARE planning to go forward with X4, you can bet your life, you'll see the returns of both Cyclops AND Prof. X (they DID show he survived, or resurrected, or something after the end credits)..and who knows, just like in the comics, they might just also bring back Jean Grey. Matrix 3: garbage Waterworld: too much of a Mad Max ripoff with NOTHING NEW other than the setting. League of Extraordinary Gents: what's with Tom Sawyer?? he's NOT in the source material and he is totally UNNECESSARY as the movie's second lead. no wonder Connery retired from the movies altogether..he's surrounded by IDIOTS. The Lost World: JP 2: THE WORST of the JP trilogy...what da heck's wrong wit ya KingofCinema?? you twelve..?? the plot's silly and the characters are just stupid. even Spielberg realizes this...AFTER the movie came out. Die Hard 4: i don't mind the rating, i do mind Timothy Olyphant as the main villain. but, overall...a quite satisfying sequel after the looooong wait, unlike... Indiana Jones 4: don't care what others say, but Harrison Ford's just way too old to continue playing this role..and it shows, despite all the editing and camera angles...it shows he's too old for this s**t. and that lil punk, Shia, just makes matters worst. the last time i like him onscreen was in Disturbia...ever since then (plus all the tabloid ruckus he's been making)...he seems like a lil snot-nosed hollywood arsehole. Catwoman: garbage Daredevil: i dunno...decent, i guess. but the schoolyard fight between DD and Elektra...just too silly and obvious hollywood fake. Elektra: garbage. Star Wars-Phantom Menace: the casting of Jake is just WRONG. Jar Jar Binks..WRONG. and all the good actors (Ewan and Natalie) gave s****y performances. only Liam Neeson shines. Lucas shoulda STAYED retired from directing. Godfather 3: they shoulda waited Winona Ryder to recover. OR...made the movie in 2005, with EVA GREEN playing Mary Corleone. Hulk: NOT hire Ang Lee. plus the cg Hulk looks RIDICULOUS. Kill Bill 2: does feel rather odd, pacing-wise, compared to the first one. but, i like it, nonetheless. I Am Legend: good movie with BAD (in a lousy kind of way) cg monsters. they undone EVERYTHING that's good bout the movie, while I, Robot: forgettable. Spidey 3: scratch Venom, replace it with the Lizard (they've been setting the character up from the second movie) with Dylan Baker, in the role. After Heat, both Miami Vice and Public Enemies just pale BIG TIME in comparison. and yeah...they're way too serious for their own good. Troy: laughably bad. Eric Bana's the only good thing about it...NOT in the gay sort of way, mind you. Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes: POINTLESS. Charlie & his Chocolate joint: weird...but, yeah, does leave a bit of bad taste in your mouth, which chocolate shouldn't have done. Godzilla: shouldn't have cut out the zilla radio active breath. that's like doing a hairless king kong. Superman 3: not worth mentioning. Quantum of Solace: don't mind it being a direct sequel to CR, but, i agree...the villain just SUCKS big time. even the henchman looks ridiculously WEAK. Be Cool: as a major fan of Get Shorty, i was REALLY disappointed and p********f. but, it does have a cupla funny scenes. HP & the Deathly Hallows 1 & 2: interestingly, i like the first DH better, especially with the inventive sequence of the deathly hallows backstory. Iron Man 2: with that many subplots and characters, it shoulda been longer. and i got a problem with Jackson's portrayal of Fury. he just seems to lose some of his "cool" aura. they make the character TOO TALKATIVE. and the persona resembling Jackson's own Shaft, a bit too much.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 28th 2012, 21:39

      Ah-huh-huh-huh-huh movies are cool...

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    • FBKMedford

      Jan 29th 2012, 15:31

      To be fair, I, Robot originally had no connection with Asimov's work; it was originanally titled Hardwired and was a Christie-esque murder mystery that took place entirely at the scene of a crime, with only one human character. Later a rewriter made it into the big budget studio film it eventually became and later still he incorporated the three laws of robotics, the studio acquired the rights to Asimov's Robot stories and called the flick "I, Robot" (theoretically, to bring in viewers that wouldn't have otherwise seen a big budget action flick but I have no evidence to support that so it's pure speculation.) Personally, I would rather have watched the murder mystery or a flick that actually IS based on Asimov's Robot stories but for what it really was (a fun, big budget, sci-fi/action flick) I, Robot/Hardwired did it's job in spades.

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    • FBKMedford

      Jan 29th 2012, 16:44

      If Daredevil had just decided weather it wanted to be wacky or dark & gritty it would have been awesome. The bones of either were there and either could have worked (in theory) but I don't think the flick was *bad* necessarily, just uneven. I liked Alien Resurrection but the "human" alien that ended up in the flick was truly awful and DAMN that white spider alien sounds AWESOME. (Oh, and @Ali1748 I think if they were listing bad movies from good franchises Alien 3 would have been at the top of the list but since they were listing "movies that should have been awesome" it doesn't make the cut; Alien 3 was never going to be awesome.) Charlie And The Chocolate Factory was simply dreadful. To this day I'm still INCREDIBLY impressed by the trained squirrels (those were not CGI, they were REAL squirrels!) but Johnny Depp's portrayal of the character was just plain creepy. I completely agree with number 16, Angelina Jolie was fantastic but Tomb Raider itself was only okay. I'm honestly really surprised to see Resident Evil on this list, especially considering the existence of the sequels, sure this flick could have been better but that's sort of true of most flicks, and I still thought it was pretty rad.

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    • FBNWeston

      Jan 30th 2012, 11:01

      I found that the Directors Cut amended alot of the flaws Troy had, adding more character depth, and perhaps most significantly, re-scoring the whole bloody affair

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 30th 2012, 20:53

      I think Stephen Sommers should be banned from any CGI studio for the forseeable future. Just an opinion.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 31st 2012, 10:46

      I think (with the likes of Troy and Kingdom of Heaven) Hollywood was caught up in the massively impressive Two Towers and Return of the King battle scenes but didn't realise that the story came first then the battles, not the other way round. Interestingly, Orlando Bloom starred in all of those films mentioned and was a wet-blanket in every one.

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    • 2Dglasses

      Jan 31st 2012, 11:07

      was Ali G indahouse ever destined to be great? League of gentlemans apocalypse-now theres one to NOT translate to the big screen. obvious miss-Kingdom of Heaven. Now i know there's 20 versions and some are good, but this really should have been the big one. Relevant setting/themes, ridley scott coming off gladiator, epic battles and a good cast (neeson, thewlis, norton). Where is went wrong was the star-orlando bloom who was meant to be the next brad pitt just wasnt good enough and the whole thing suffered sadly. Troy had too many characters but i think should have just missed the list due to the efforts of the cast and some very good scenes mainly not involving brad pitt or diane kruger.

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    • DanRose

      Jan 31st 2012, 15:29

      Battle: Los Angeles.... God I was looking forward to that one. The amazing trailer completely sold it to me with that haunting Johan Johansson music...but the film.... gutted. Could have been amazing

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    • McSerious

      Jan 31st 2012, 22:49

      I think people are getting a little defensive, this isn't a list of 'Bad films', its a list of films which didn't achieve perhaps what they could have. A few I think should be in here are: Equlibrium, King Arthur, Peter Jackson's King Kong, Cars... And plenty more but I'm getting a little bored. I concur Kill Bill Vol.2 shouldn't be in there though, the only complaint that is consistently made is "There wasn't enough action, I wanted more action." Which always strikes me as a little immature.

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    • McSerious

      Jan 31st 2012, 22:55

      Really poor choice of pic for X-Men: Last Stand and Catwoman though, Halle Berry makes those films look flawless haha!

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    • gwales

      Feb 1st 2012, 12:21

      @McSerious I don't mean to say that "talking=boring", I just feel that the dynamic of the two Kill Bill films was quite unbalanced. I could have done with more dialogue in the first one, and a little less in the second is all. As you point out though, I don't think either are "bad films" by any stretch...

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    • trist808

      Feb 11th 2012, 15:18

      @aragorn01 - Cyclops is dead, Jean says so herself, go back and watch the "movie" again. In one of the few moments where she frees herself from the Phoenix force, Jean admits as much to Logan. I agree, you don't see Scott die or dead and in the X-Universe everyone is capable of coming back from being "supposedly" dead (the comics are notorious for it nowadays) but in terms of a stand-alone film, for all intents and purposes they killed off Scott ... and ruined what could have been an amazing film. You don't do the Dark Phoenix Saga WITHOUT Scott, it's just not cricket. They bascially replaced Scott with Logan in the film for emotional resonance, but in the comics it was Scott who eventually had to kill Jean. In my opinion, as a comic book fan, they totally botched it in the third film and it was only because all they cared about was making Logan/Wolverine the focal point of the entire trilogy ... and that's only a small part as to why THE LAST STAND is an awful film.

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