10 Movies From The 2010s We’d Rather Forget About


There’s no denying that there have been some all-time classics released over the last decade, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some stinkers too. While not quite the worst movies of the decade, these are 10 movies from the 2010s that, for whatever reason, we’d really rather just forget about.

10. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny (2016)

Remember Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning martial arts epic that won plaudits all around the world? Well, they made a sequel in 2016, and it’s the furthest cry imaginable from the international hit of the original.

Released straight to Netflix, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny was a painfully dull, lifeless and uninspiring sequel, featuring only Michelle Yeoh from the original cast, and never reaching the spectacular heights of the first film’s martial arts action.

But worst of all, the film inexplicably changed from the original’s Chinese dialogue to English for the sequel, taking it even further from the memory of the first film and cementing its reputation as a really rather pathetic cash-grab. So if you haven’t managed it already, it would be best to forget Sword Of Destiny sooner rather than later.

Read a full review here.

9. Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Harried by delays, reshoots and every other cinematic mishap under the sun, Jupiter Ascending seemed like a doomed prospect right from the start, and so it proved when it was released to critical derision and appalling box office reception.

One of the biggest box office bombs in history, the film didn’t even recoup its $200m budget while in cinemas, although it’s not hard to see why.

With a ridiculous sci-fi plot full of genre gibberish and unnecessarily convoluted twists, laughable performances across the board (especially from then-recent Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as the villain), and some of the ugliest, messiest special effects of the decade, Jupiter Ascending was an absolute disaster, and despite the hype surrounding its original sci-fi story, ultimately crashed and burned in a fire that we’d really rather forget.

Read a full review here.

8. Guardians (2017)

Right, you didn’t see Guardians, so there’s probably no need to forget it in the first place, but let me refresh your memory for a moment.

In the midst of Marvel’s unstoppable success all around the world, Russia had a go at making their own Avengers movie, coming up with the ludicrous Guardians as a result. Featuring a super-team of bargain basement heroes, the movie is a laughable attempt at taking the blockbuster genre by storm.

Inconsequential, predictable and ultimately infuriatingly dull, Guardians goes beyond even a so-bad-it’s-good movie, and despite its moderately decent special effects proving its one saving grace, the film is the epitome of everything we don’t want to remember about superhero cinema in the 2010s.

Read a full review here.

7. The Mummy (2017)

Shared universes were the big new trend in movies this decade, with Marvel starting it all off, and then DC, Star Wars and more jumping on the bandwagon.

But in the most disastrous example of setting up a shared cinematic universe, The Mummy was an exceptional failure. Intended to set up Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’ (cancelled after just two films), the movie was not only a terrible reboot of the lovably silly Mummy movies starring Brendan Fraser, but showed a horrifying lack of ingenuity in trying to establish a wider cinematic universe.

Tom Cruise’s disinterested lead performance and the ugly visual effects aside, The Mummy felt lost for even the simplest of ideas, barely even telling its own story competently, let alone building everything up for more movies. We don’t know what would have happened in the end with the Dark Universe, but it’s fair to say that if the rest was like The Mummy, it’s good that Universal binned it before they got going.

Read a full review here.

6. Sausage Party (2016)

Sausage Party is the ultimate ‘what could have been’ story of the decade for me. After enormous hype ahead of its release, the film looked set to rewrite the rulebook on modern comedy, bringing us the first R-rated animated comedy.

Sadly, though, the film didn’t just fail to meet those lofty expectations, but it actually proved worse than the average comedy fare from Hollywood. Unfunny, shrill and messy from beginning to end, Sausage Party isn’t just bad, it’s nearly unbearable to watch, and with its stars firing on all cylinders with overly energetic voice performances, it proved to be one of the most annoying films ever made.

Animation has undergone a real revolution through the 2010s, and by the end of the decade, we’ve seen the genre offer intelligent, innovative and exciting storytelling for all ages. Sausage Party, though, was a real non-starter for that change, and best be left to history as a result.

Read a full review here.

5. The Last Airbender (2010)

Nobody wants to remember M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, because it destroyed so many of our greatest illusions about the magic of cinema.

First off, the film was a dull, pointless and unimaginative mess, featuring terrible dialogue, laughable performances and – despite some impressive CGI – pathetic action.

In that, it ruined the dreams of so many who had loved the original Nickelodeon TV series and had hoped for an exciting live-action adaptation on the big screen, taking the essence of what was always seen as a fun, imaginative show and thumping it into the ground with its awful take on the same premise.

And finally, the film was the nail in the coffin for what at that point had been the promising career of director M. Night Shyamalan. While he’s returned to success in recent years with the likes of Split, The Last Airbender came right after the equally terrible The Happening, and suggested to viewers around the world that the director really wasn’t what he used to be.

Read a full review here.

4. Gods Of Egypt (2016)

Gods Of Egypt is easily one of the worst movies of the decade. Brash, loud, dumb and predictable, the film is a hilariously bad blockbuster that never manages to capture the excitement and grandeur it aims to in telling the story of ancient Egyptian gods.

Couple that with a controversy surrounding whitewashing that centred on the film’s ensemble cast, and the movie was almost dead on arrival as it hit screens around the world. But normally, we’d just forget about it in an instant and move on.

The real problem came after the film’s release, and the barrage of negative critical reviews. Director Alexis Proyas took to social media in an aggressive rant describing film critics as ‘diseased vultures’ working only to consensus, subsequently getting involved in a number of spats with individual critics.

There’s absolutely an argument that Proyas is on the money with what he said, but in the aftermath of devastating audience reviews and box office returns, the outburst didn’t do anything to help Gods Of Egypt, which has now become infamous in the annals of bad movie history.

Read a full review here.

3. Zoolander 2 (2016)

The 2010s saw a number of sequels to movies of yesteryear that we thought were done and dusted. Sin City 2, 300: Rise Of An Empire and many more, but of all the long-overdue sequels, Zoolander 2 was by far the worst.

Given the cult status of the original as one of the most quotable movies of the 21st Century, it would have been so easy for Zoolander 2 to stick the landing with another childishly witty laugh-a-thon.

However, the film proved to be a horrifying mess in the end, not only featuring painfully unfunny comedy, but also straying into uncharacteristically offensive territory, with a number of gags in painfully poor taste only serving to worsen the experience as a whole.

But worst of all, Zoolander 2 commits the cardinal sin of cinema: celebrity cameos. One or two is okay, but the film featured no less than TWENTY random appearances by celebs, each one more jarring and irritating than the last.

Zoolander 2 was so bad that it still threatens to ruin the strong reputation of its predecessor, so for that reason, it’s best we forget it as soon as possible, and just go back to watching the first movie.

Read a full review here.

2. Fant4stic (2015)

Fantastic Four (also lovingly known as Fant4stic) was the real bad egg in a decade packed to the rafters with superhero blockbusters.

Not only was the film a pointless, failed reboot that wasted a cast of brilliant young talent, but it remains infamous to this day as the worst example of a studio’s over-involvement in film production.

Things are still playing out in Twitter comment sections to this day, but the story goes that director Josh Trank had a brilliant screenplay all written and filmed, set to bring a riveting, darker edge to the Fantastic Four that we’d never seen on screen before.

However, upon screening the film to Fox studio executives, a reshoot was ordered without Trank’s supervision. Other rumours talk about the difficult relationship between Trank and 20th Century Fox, but the finished project of Fantastic Four was an utter mess.

The reshoots were blatant, the film was a jarring, inconsistent shambles, and the director had already been on Twitter lambasting the studio’s involvement and how the released product wasn’t his real film.

All in all, it’s a very ugly story that ruined the future of Fantastic Four, lost Fox hundreds of millions of dollars and destroyed their own ambitions of a shared universe. Simply put, I think it’s about time we put this one to bed and move on with out lives.

Read a full review here.

1. Movie 43 (2013)

What even was Movie 43? That’s the question that you’ll be asking yourself again and again and again if you even dare to go near this film, but if there’s any movie this decade that’s worth forgetting, it has to be this one.

A bizarre comedy that somehow managed to club together an incredible all-star cast, the film plays out as an anthology movie, telling the stories of some people doing some things. That’s as well as I can describe it.

Horribly unfunny from beginning to end, nonsensical in every change of setting, and still bewildering as to why all these big stars agreed to be a part, Movie 43 is one of the strangest and most unpleasant movies I’ve ever come across, and while it’s hardly the most memorable comedy I’ve seen, its worst moments feel like they’re burned into the back of my skull.

If you’re thinking about watching it, I’ll stop you there: don’t.

For my peace of mind and for the reputations of all those who were a part of it, Movie 43 deserves to be erased from history, and never seen again.

You can read a full review here, but I suggest you steer clear and move on with your life…
Trust me, it’s for the best.


About Author

The Mad Movie Man, AKA Anthony Cullen, writes articles and reviews about movies and the world of cinema. Since January 1st, 2013, he has watched and reviewed a movie every day. This is the blog dedicated to the project: www.madmovieman.com