The difference between this movie and a masterpiece

by Astyan | created - 21 Jan 2013 | updated - 21 Jan 2013 | Public

The opinions I give here are mainly based on the scenario flaws.

Now OF COURSE, this list and what is said in it is highly subjective.

For the purpose of this list I am defining 2 kind of flaws:

  • The technical flaw i.e. an obvious inconsistency

  • The pffff flaw i.e. "why the hell did you write something so lame you unpredictable writer"

Note: I actually enjoyed many of these movies, I am just saying I felt like their potential was not fully used.


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1. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,405,984 | Gross: $171.48M

Pfff: Neo wakes up when Trinity says she loves him. So lame. I understand some girls were watching the movie too, but was it really necessary?

2. Sunshine (2007)

R | 107 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

64 Metascore

A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 210,549 | Gross: $3.68M

Technical: The guys have the technology to reach the sun and stuff, but somehow the shield was not automatically adapting to the sun's position. A single guy had to do the computations on his own? How comes the Icarus 2 software couldn't do it himself? Come onnnn...

Pfff: A crazy galactic warrior monk touched by god? Really? That twist is a bit disappointing.

3. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee | Stars: Bin Won, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Hee-won Kim

Votes: 51,410 | Gross: $0.01M

Pfff: So how did the girl survive? The bad guy kung-fu killer suddenly changed his mind for no specific reason and killed the surgeon? Very unlikely.

4. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

In a small Korean province in 1986, three detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 90,143 | Gross: $0.01M

Pfff: The dumb teenager gets hit by the train, at the very moment he was about to reveal the secret? Naaahhhh

5. City Lights (1931)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers

Votes: 134,213 | Gross: $0.02M

Technical: The guys don't speak. Kidding.

6. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

86 Metascore

A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

Directors: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan | Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor

Votes: 712,437 | Gross: $141.32M

Pfff: So at the last question, he realizes the girl is alive. Good. And so... He loses interest for the game and answers randomly because he doesn't care now that he has the girl?

When I suggested it was inconsistent someone (ok, a girl) answered: "He only wanted to find his love, the money didn't count". That's crap. If he had lost the money, the movie wouldn't have its happy ending. So he has no reason to lose interest in the game, that's lame writing.

7. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

R | 113 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

30 Metascore

Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal.

Directors: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters, Elden Henson

Votes: 400,641 | Gross: $57.94M

Technical: As in many movies involving time traveling there are too many inconsistencies to list them all. -Sometimes Ashton comes back from his travels, sometimes he doesn't, depending on what pleases the writers. -He had no reason to take that knife, except to shoot that fancy scene where the creepy child holds the knife.

Pfff: Every time he comes back for another life everything is or all white and perfect, or all black and miserable. Nuance doesn't exist. Once the girl is a queen, the other time she's a whore. That's way too simple and naive.

8. Two Lovers (2008)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A Brooklyn-set romantic drama about a bachelor torn between the family friend his parents wish he would marry and his beautiful but volatile new neighbor.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw, Anne Joyce

Votes: 32,437 | Gross: $3.15M

Technical/Pfff: Sooooo, when you book tickets for a top secret flight, of course, you leave the family computer without closing the window, so that the next one who uses it pops up on the tickets page. Very clever, James Bond level style.

9. Buried (2010)

R | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

Director: Rodrigo Cortés | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, José Luis García Pérez, Robert Paterson, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 132,567 | Gross: $1.03M

Technical: Case study: You catch a guy. You want him dead, and have nothing to obtain from him. What do you do? Answer: You kill him. Answer of the guys who wrote buried: You give him a Blackberry for free, you bury him alive, making sure he has enough batteries and network to call for help. Then you just wait until he dies. (???)

10. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

PG | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

51 Metascore

Two Jedi Knights escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their old glory.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd

Votes: 617,411 | Gross: $474.54M

Pfff: So how did Anakin become a bad guy? Well, it was basically just an annoying stupid teenager rebellion. Come onnnn. The subject wasn't rich enough to find something else?

11. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

PG | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

54 Metascore

Ten years after initially meeting, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé Amidala, while Obi-Wan investigates an assassination attempt on the senator and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Lee

Votes: 540,619 | Gross: $310.68M

12. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

68 Metascore

Three years into the Clone Wars, the Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. As Obi-Wan pursues a new threat, Anakin acts as a double agent between the Jedi Council and Palpatine and is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 602,840 | Gross: $380.26M

13. The Bourne Legacy (2012)

PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

61 Metascore

An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.

Director: Tony Gilroy | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Scott Glenn

Votes: 257,492 | Gross: $113.20M

Technical: So Edward Norton wants to cancel the whole supermen thing, because he wants to make sure all of this remains secret and discreet. So what does he do? HE TRIES TO KILL EVERYBODY. ALRIGHT MAN, NICE MOVE. Everyone knows that's the way you keep things clean and calm. Killing a whole lab of researchers, and secret agents. Especially when these secret agents are the supermen you created. How could this perfect plan possibly go wrong?

14. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

R | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

63 Metascore

Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the Crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Martin Hancock

Votes: 240,000 | Gross: $47.40M

Pfff: Orlando Bloom is obviously a good guy, so good he is stupid, so gooood the whole plot is stupid.

15. Avatar (2009)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

83 Metascore

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 988,187 | Gross: $760.51M

Pfff: Trees good, mean machines bad. Pfff: Me blue person, me needs you white person.

16. 2012 (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet

Votes: 313,235 | Gross: $166.11M

Pfff: Does it need words. No I am not going to comment the scenario. After all nobody watches such movies for the scenario.

17. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

47 Metascore

Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City, to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok

Votes: 367,477 | Gross: $186.74M

Technical/Pfff: So the father wants to find his son to save him. He therefore starts a dangerous expedition to find him. He kills his friends on the way who were somehow willing to sacrifice themselves for this hopeless mission (brave brave dudes). But, huhh... what were you going to do when you find your son? Nothing right? Because actually you have NOTHING more than he already has. Actually he just DOESN'T NEED YOU. This whole mission is pointless. Fortunately for the writers, the cold goes away before the expedition ends, so that this huge inconsistency remains kind of hidden.

18. Prometheus (I) (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Votes: 518,286 | Gross: $126.48M

Technical/Pfff/TerribleMovie: I... I don't know what to say. From the inconsistent beliefs in god of the characters, to the guy who loses hope after 5 hours of searching even though they already made huge discoveries, to the "let's remove our helmets", to the zombie who somehow lost himself to pop up in this movie, to the... Nothing works in this scenario. Nothing nothing nothing.

19. Aliens (1986)

R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

86 Metascore

Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 566,986 | Gross: $85.16M

Pfff: So the girl doesn't die after being taken by the aliens? Naaahhhh I don't think so. Cameron you soft heart.

20. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives rise to a super-intelligent chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising.

Director: Rupert Wyatt | Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Karin Konoval

Votes: 455,236 | Gross: $176.76M

Technical: A scientist is infected by a dangerous virus and starts coughing blood. He therefore roams in the city, spreading the disease, instead of going to an hospital. Of course.

21. Limitless (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

59 Metascore

With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access one hundred percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro

Votes: 468,817 | Gross: $79.25M

Technical: He didn't need to borrow that money. Technical: There is no reason why he wasn't able to pay back that money. Technical: When he realizes he's gonna need other pills, he just has a few left. Didn't see that coming huh clever boy? Very very consistent with the over-intelligent dude you're supposed to be.

Pfff: Nobody believes he's actually gonna jump.

22. Road to Perdition (2002)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Liam Aiken

Votes: 219,783 | Gross: $104.45M

Pfff: The last minute arrival of the killer, the boy too good to shoot, the last second shot of the father... Soooo laaaame...

23. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

89 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 585,180 | Gross: $27.00M

Pfff: What the bad guy is basically saying at the end: "So now that you are at my mercy, you, the guy I chased the whole movie and who killed all my friends, I am going to let you go for no reason. Have a good life, high five." (???)

24. Munich (2005)

R | 164 min | Drama, History, Thriller

74 Metascore

Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 191,721 | Gross: $47.40M

Technical: Have you noticed that every single time a character is given some attention in the movie, he gets killed in the next 15 minutes? It works a few times and then becomes predictable and annoying.

25. Phone Booth (2002)

R | 81 min | Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 227,903 | Gross: $46.57M

Technical: Almost genuine quotation from the movie: "-I'm a killer, I kill pedophilians and terrorists. -So why do you want to kill me ? -Because you cheated on your wife. -But it doesn't make any sense ! *beep* Oh god you're right... Too late, let's make the movie anyway."

26. Shooter (I) (2007)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

53 Metascore

A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to find the real killer and the reason he was set up.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Rhona Mitra, Danny Glover

Votes: 280,099 | Gross: $47.00M

Pfff: Killing all the bad guys without answering any question is a way to end a movie. Maybe not the most thoughtful and deep though.

27. The Kingdom (2007)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

A team of U.S. government agents are sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman

Votes: 108,885 | Gross: $47.54M

???: This movie is actually racist.

28. Payback (I) (1999)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

46 Metascore

After a successful heist, Porter is shot by his wife and his best friend. They leave him there to die but when he recovers, he seeks revenge and wants his share of the money.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer

Votes: 120,665 | Gross: $81.53M

Pfff: So the guy wants his revenge and doesn't accept any sensible negotiation. Not a too complex concept.

29. Source Code (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 430,138 | Gross: $54.71M

Pfff: So the young guy knows more about what's happening than the scientist who built the whole thing because he "feels" it? Naahhhh...