This year, I was really looking forward to Lockout. Guy Pearce, sci-fi, what more could I ask for? But the reviews came in and told me to skip it, so I did, until this week. I sat down to give it a shot when it popped up on Netflix.
Ten minutes later, I was done.
Why? Well, turns out the critics were right. The special effects had been skimped on to the point of absurdity. The clip above gives you a taste of what I’m talking about when he hits the window like Wile E. Coyote, but there’s a chase sequence right after this that literally looks like it was rendered on a Sony Playstation. I don’t give much thought to visuals most of the time, but if you’re shooting a movie in 2012 and it looks like it’s 1993, chances are the quality of the rest of the film will probably match the effort you put into the effects. Five minutes later, Guy Pierce’s accomplice gets caught because he drops his gun in a crowd and it accidentally shoots a cop. I just threw my hands up and walked out of the room at that point.
So, that leads into today’s question. What movies have you seen that have been SO terrible, that you couldn’t make it past the first 5-15 minutes? Please state the movie and the tipping point scene in question if applicable.