The Worst Sci-Fi Movies of 2015

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 - 1:10PM
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Wednesday, 09 December 2015 - 1:10PM
The Worst Sci-Fi Movies of 2015
It's hard to say whether 2015 was a particularly bad or particularly good year for sci-fi movies. There were only a few good ones, but they were absolutely mind-blowing, and there were lots of bad ones, but about half of them barely got any attention. Either way, this list was much easier to make than our "best of" list. Here are the eleven worst sci-fi movies of this strange, polarized year:

Monsters: Dark Continent




Monsters was a groundbreaking indie sci-fi movie, a low-fi effort that took an elegantly simple premise about an alien invasion and turned it into a metaphor about immigration and an avenue for insightful relationship drama. Unfortunately, this year's sequel failed to replicate any of the good parts of its predecessor, and used the inventive premise to make a silly, joyless war movie.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent



Divergent wasn't great, but it was a fun guilty pleasure, and Insurgent had its moments, mostly as a result of great performances from Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, and Naomi Watts. But the plot made absolutely no sense, to the point that it actually undid the mythology of the first movie, and approximately 50% of the film takes place in a virtual reality sequence that ultimately becomes a venue for lame, cheesy armchair psychology. If they wanted to show us that they had a huge special effects budget, then mission accomplished, but the virtues of that sequence end there.

Self/Less




You wouldn't think you could go wrong with Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, and an intriguing premise about scientific immortality, but Self/Less was just a dud. It could have been a thoughtful thriller, but instead it was a dumbed-down action movie with a ridiculous number of increasingly absurd plot twists.

Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse




To be fair, Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse wasn't trying to be high-brow entertainment. It set out to be a dumb, raunchy zombie comedy aimed at teenagers, and it did exactly that. But it makes the list because 90% of the humor was unforgivably misogynistic, and everything else was poop jokes. The 12-year-olds that make up the target audience should be insulted that this movie underestimated their intelligence so much. 

Vice




Vice was just a poor man's Westworld. A really poor man's. 

Victor Frankenstein




Victor Frankenstein had a lot of potential, especially since James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe have incredibly cute buddy chemistry, but this movie was a complete and utter mess. It had no idea whether it wanted to be a buddy comedy, a Sherlock Holmes-esque character study, a pulpy horror movie, or a dumb actioner, and ultimately didn't manage to be any of these things successfully. 

Chappie




Chappie's premise had so much potential, and the first 20 minutes or so are pretty good, and then it just spectacularly falls apart in front of your eyes. None of the relationships are well-developed, the plot is all over the place, the mythology is incomprehensible, and there's far too much focus on Die Antwoord who, while they did perfectly well, aren't actors. When you have talented actors like Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, and freaking Sigourney Weaver in your movie, you should probably give them more than 5 minutes of screentime each. All in all, Neill Blomkamp still has to make another good movie before we're convinced that District 9 wasn't a fluke. 

Hot Tub Time Machine 2




We love all of the actors involved in this movie, especially Adam Scott, but Hot Tub Time Machine was a guilty pleasure at best, and it really didn't need a sequel, especially not a boring, offensive, perfunctory one. Do any of us need any more gay panic jokes in our lives? I think not.

Jupiter Ascending




Let's be clear: Jupiter Ascending made absolutely no sense, the dialogue was abysmal, and the talented cast all either looked embarrassed to be there or said "f*ck it" and chewed the scenery. But at least the Wachowskis can always be depended on for a visual thrill ride, and if you couldn't stand listening to Channing Tatum explain his part-canine heritage any longer, at least you had something pretty to look at. 

Fantastic Four




Oh, Fantastic Four. This movie may not be number one on our list based on its quality alone, but including the behind-the-scenes and PR debacles, it was definitely the biggest unmitigated disaster of the year. It looks like the talented young cast will go on to have great careers (particularly Michael B. Jordan, who's getting raves for his performance in Creed), and the Fantastic Four will always be classic characters, so another movie will probably get made one way or another (we're looking at you, Marvel), but it's probably safe to say that Fox has completely lost the faith of the fans of the First Family. 

Terminator Genisys




Terminator Genisys made the top of our list, because it was not only a terrible movie in itself, but it quite literally undid everything that was great about the first two movies. It sustained itself for about twenty minutes with nostalgic references, and then devolved into a mind-numbingly stupid, utterly nonsensical mess that made the time travel in Hot Tub Time Machine 2 look well-thought-out.
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