The 10 Worst Sci-Fi Movies of 2016
After successfully rebooting the franchise with the acclaimed and highly enjoyable First Class and Days of Future Past, Apocalypse failed to deliver on the promise of the trilogy. The writers had no idea what to do with Apocalypse, the star-studded cast was far too overstuffed, and the whole thing was just sort of dull. Luckily, Quicksilver was so great, he nearly redeemed the whole thing, otherwise it would have been much higher on this list. (Read our full review here.)
Independence Day: Resurgence
2016 was the year of the revival, but some were more successful than others. Independence Day: Resurgence was an absurdly bad movie, just a mess of CGI, terrible acting (aside from Jeff Goldblum), and painful dialogue. The original Independence Day wasn't exactly Citizen Kane, so we could maybe forgive the movie a little bit of silliness, but even more damning, Resurgence failed to replicate the sense of fun and urgency of the first film. Where Independence Day was a camp classic, this was just camp.
The 5th Wave
We wanted to give The 5th Wave a chance, since it starred the always wonderful Chloe Grace Moretz and had a fairly interesting premise, but sadly, it was just another Hunger Games wannabe that was so derivative and generic, it didn't even succeed in getting a movie franchise off the ground.
Suicide Squad had a few things going for it: Margot Robbie and Will Smith both embodied their parts perfectly, Viola Davis was amazing as usual, and the cast had plenty of chemistry. Unfortunately, the movie wasn't nearly good enough for the talents of its cast, and almost nothing about the movie ultimately worked. The plot was riddled with holes, the villain was completely lame, the jokes were unfunny and often sexist, and the movie generally felt like it was cut and pasted from two different movies (probably as a result of those infamous reshoots). Many have complained that the movie was marketed as funnier, more lighthearted, and more Joker-heavy than it actually was, but honestly, no amount of honest marketing could have saved this movie. (Read our full review here.)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
It should be against the law to make creepy live-action versions of adorable cartoon characters. The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a dull, joyless slog of a movie, and while Out of the Shadows was ever-so-slightly better, that's not saying very much.
You would think that studios would learn their lesson after the abomination that was Warcraft. But unfortunately, it looks like we're going to have lots of unfaithful and incompetently made video game adaptations in our future, one more terrible than the next. Assassin's Creed is an utterly soulless mess, one that even Michael Fassbender's formidable presence can't save.
The Divergent series has always been quite terrible, but after Allegiant, even fans of the novels lost their patience with it. Insurgent had already thrown the mythology into disarray with that magic box nonsense, but in Allegiant, all logic was thrown out the window and we were left with a completely nonsensical mishmash of Dystopian YA cliches. This movie was so terrible, it was an outright bomb at the box office, and Lionsgate killed the series altogether and sent it to television, which is unheard of. After the crash and burn of the Divergent series and the abortion of the 5th Wave series, it looks like the dystopian YA bubble has finally burst.
Batman v Superman
Suicide Squad was a bad movie, but Batman v Superman was a f*cking fiasco. The plot didn't make a lick of sense, the dialogue was cringeworthy ("Martha!" has now become synonymous with cringeworthy contrivance, which is kind of amazing), and worst of all, the movie was called Batman v Superman and only showed seven minutes of Batman and Superman fighting each other. I would have been fine, although not happy, if BvS had been a dumb but entertaining blockbuster that didn't live up to its thematic potential, but it wasn't even fun or considerate of the fans. Yes, Gal Godot and Ben Affleck were amazing in their roles, but even that couldn't prevent this movie from getting worse at every possible turn.
A movie about the dangers of cell phones was always going to feel untimely in 2016, but this movie was hilariously terrible. Honestly, it doesn't even look or feel like a real movie. If this were supposed to be a satire of zombie cliches, then job well done, but otherwise this was one of the most poorly made movies that came out in theaters this year.
Objectively, Passengers is probably a better movie than Cell, and maybe even Batman v Superman, but it tops the list for a couple of reasons: 1) It actually is terrible, and squanders an interesting premise on a boring and bland execution; 2) it's creepy and borderline misogynistic, with the Beauty and the Beast-esque message that Stockholm syndrome=true love; and most importantly, 3) it managed to f*ck up a movie starring the two most charming actors of their generation. Seriously, how do you mess up a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt? That's like making a "versus" superhero movie where the two heroes barely fight each other (*cough*BvS*cough*).