Good movies that go wrong!

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  1. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Are there any movies that you enjoyed up to a certain point, only to be disappointed by what you felt was a wrong turn or a misstep in the plot?
    Here's a few I can think of offhand:
    Grosse Pointe Blank - When the two FBI agents are [unnecessarily] killed, it was done in such an offhand manner that I found it distasteful.
    The Game - When the Michael Douglas character tries to commit suicide by jumping off a building, I felt that the writers had gone too far - they were stretching the bounds of credibility and my enjoyment of the film took a nosedive.
    Mark of the Vampire - This 1935 vampire chiller, directed by Tod Browning, is atmospheric and eerie, but the stupid, nonsensical "surprise" ending killed it for me. Whatever.
    What can you come up with?
     
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    House On Haunted Hill - Loved everything before the "darkness" is released. Somebody really needed to rewrite the ending. I was hoping that Vannacutt would make a final appearance...

    Jeepers Creepers - Where's the finale?
     
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    Blow Up has what I consider to be the worst ending of all time, an ending that turns a first rate murder mystery into a third rate 'I want to be an art film, look how weird my symbolism is' piece of crap.
    Singin' in the Rain. WTF is that ballet nonsense doing at the end? [​IMG]
    There's Something About Mary was very funny, but that zipper scene closeup just ruined it for me. [​IMG]
     
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    The Game - I agree completely, Steve.
    Primal Fear - I thought the twist was just too stupid.
     
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    Is this a poll that will quickly and deservedly fade away, Steve? [​IMG]
    A.I.: The last third of the movie just dragged on forever.
    The Talented Mr. Ripley: Would have been better if it just ended showing Damon getting away with it instead of tacking on the final shipboard scene.
    The Sum of All Fears: Despite my dislike for Affleck, I thought it was a pretty good thriller until the bomb. Post-detonation: Too many gaping holes to overlook. I spent a good portion of the time shaking my head or laughing.
     
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    The Abyss - They didn't depressurize when they resurfaced, resulting in the line "The creatures must have done something." Worst Explanation Ever.
    Wide Awake - The movie ends with the boy's speech. Nothing more is needed to close out the film. Then
    we get the unnecessary revelation that the little boy is an angel or something.
    A film about questioning faith shouldn't end that way, IMO.
    Brad
     
  8. SteveGon

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    Good call on The Abyss - I alway thought that explanation was lame!
    Here's another one:
    Fairy Tale: A True Story - This movie chronicles the 1917 ruckus that two young girls created after they photographed "fairies" in their garden. Though they later admitted to faking the pictures, the filmmakers couldn't resist showing real fairies coming out of the woodwork at the end of the movie. Guess they thought it was "cute" or something. [​IMG] Why the hell does skepticism always get the short end of the stick in Hollywood? [​IMG]
    Here's two interesting science-fiction films ruined by lousy endings:
    Minority Report
    Strange Days
     
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    The one that stands out the most for me would be Contact. This film works on so many levels for me except for 2 things that bring me out of it.
    1. The Gump-like special effects featuring stock footage of then president Clinton. It didn't work for me and will probably date this film in a bad way.
    2. The Final Resolution. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a little disappointed in not seeing any actual Aliens, Alien technology or at least the actual environment of their world. What it boiled down to was a more personal resolution about Fosters character and I can live with that. The double whammy that brings me out of it is upon Fosters return the typical disbelieving attitudes of the authorities.
    I still enjoy the film, warts and all.
     
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    Forgive me, for I am about to rant.
     
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    I have to agree with Minority Report. The final third of the movie could have been left out. Instead, we got an over-the-top exposition that took all speculation out of the ending.
    I have more, I'm sure, I just can't think of 'em at the moment.
     
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    Fallen -- I don't mind twists, but when they rely on a huge cheat on the part of the filmmakers it just pisses me off.
    I agree with Contact...all that buildup for nothing!
     
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    Undoubtedly, I'm gonna get some flak for this, but the one that comes immediately to mind is The Matrix.
    It started out kind of interesting and I was enjoying it. Then it turns into this typical Hollywood special effects movie complete with tons of guns and shootouts. Boring.
     
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    We just watched Training Day tonight and afterwards my wife complained about this to me. I can't say I disagree:
    When Denzel left Ethan Hawke alive on the roof, when escaping to pay off the Russians. Why didn't he kill him? Oh yeah, the script says so!
     
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    I'll go with Minority Report too, an excellent SF thriller until the last half hour when it just seemed to fizzle out, shame.[​IMG]
     
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    Regarding The Abyss, I believe the line went: "We should be dead; we didn't depressurize.". I don't remember there being an effort to explain it at all, just an acknowledgement...

    Regarding Contact, if you didn't think there was a payoff, you missed the point entirely...
     
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    The ending for Fallen made the film for me.
     
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    Rain- I agree 100%. And I hate the slow-motion stuff.
     

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