As 2012 winds down, numerous outlets and critics are getting together their best and worst of the year lists. Time magazine recently released their worst movies of 2012 picks, and topping it (or bottoming, as it were) was the most ambitious film of the year, the Wachowskis’ with Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas. But was this really the worst film of 2012?
While some praised its vision of the future and audacious narrative structure, Cloud Atlas was a fascinating failure. To many viewers, the film never reached any higher than a cinematic gimmick with its reaching storyline and not-so-subtle themes and drama. It’s a movie written entirely in platitudes, giving sophisticated moviegoers headaches and casual audiences boring and emotion-less moving images. But it’s by no means the worst movie of the year.
Peter Berg’s Battleship was far more egregious with its mind-numbing action and lifeless acting from Taylor Kitsch and Brooklyn Decker. The film didn’t strive for much, but still fails just to simply entertain anyone over the age of eight. Battleship was uninspired, silly, and clumsy, and should be considered the worst movie of 2012.
Another film starring Taylor Kitsch didn’t do well with critics and general audiences in 2012. Disney’s John Carter almost single-handedly ruined the reputation of an actor (Kitsch), a top-tier director (Andrew Stanton), and a movie studio (Disney). If it wasn’t for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, Disney would’ve been remembered for John Carter‘s bloated budget and narrative instead of The Avenger’s $2 billion box office.
Overall, 2012 was a good year in science fiction. With its successes and failures, the genre saw good offerings with Prometheus, The Hunger Games, Looper, Chronicle, and Dredd. We also had the biggest announcement of the year with Disney’s acquisition of the Star Wars franchise and Lucasfilm. Despite the year’s worst sci-fi movies such as Total Recall, Cloud Atlas, and Battleship, 2012 is still a year to remember for science fiction.
Check out Time’s Worst Films of 2012 list:
10. One For The Money
9. The Odd Life Of Timothy Green
8. What To Expect When You’re Expecting
7. Alex Cross
6. The Lorax
5. This Means War
4. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
3. Hyde Park On Hudson
2. John Carter
1. Cloud Atlas