Ever watch the credits roll on a movie and think “Damn! That movie would have been great, if only…”
Here are three movies that I thought were going to great…but somehow managed to poop the bed during the second or third act:
- Sunshine (2007): I love sci-fi movies that stay within the realm of possibility. Sure, as a layman, the realm of possibility might be way different in my eyes than in a scientist’s eyes. But screw it, Sunshine seemed like it could have been real to me. That was until the climactic sequence where people are running around on a giant cube-like structure and the movie turns into Friday the 13th. WTF were they thinking? This thing has a 7.3 on IMDB, and that’s probably a fair score. But it could and should have been a solid 9!
- Interstellar (2014): This one is really painful. Watching it in the theater, I felt like this was going to be THE movie for me to watch over and over again for the next ten, twenty, thirty years…but THAT ending just didn’t work for me. I know it worked for a lot of folks (the 8.6 IMDB rating says that), but it flopped for me. Still, I highly recommend this because the rest of the movie is incredible. If you love looking at realistic visions of what other planets (and space anomalies) might look like, this is the movie for you. It is especially cool that Kip Thorne was involved–he even wrote a book about how scientifically-accurate most of the movie is (I bought the book…it’s good!).
- Superman (1978): This one hurts. Holy crap, it hurts. I love Superman and I consider Christopher Reeve to have been the greatest of all time. But the technique he uses to save Lois at the end of the flick is bad. Real bad. It’s the ultimate example of deus ex machina. Strangely, and perhaps ironically, the deus ex machina moment is initiated by the BEST Superman acting in movie history: The moment that Superman snaps upon realizing Lois is dead…wow! The emotion in those five seconds is more emotion than any of the modern Superman movies have managed to capture. With a 7.3 on IMDB…I’d have to say the rating is just about right.
Note 1: I didn’t mean for this list to be so heavily sci-fi…it just sort of happened!
Note 2: Signs (2002) would have been on this list if I hadn’t just mentioned it here.
Note 3: I’ve seen Contact (1997) mentioned as having a rough ending…I completely disagree.