The Most Disappointing Movies of 2012
If you were a Romney supporter, a Tigers fan, or a Twinkie enthusiast, 2012 probably proved to be a disappointing year. Check out some of the biggest disappointments of the year in movies.
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"Prometheus" looked as if it was going to be awesome. After all, you had Ridley Scott, director of the first and arguably best film in the "Alien" series, helming a big-budget, star-studded prequel. You had a script that was co-written by "Lost" creator Damon Lindelof, who helped breathe life into another moribund movie franchise, "Star Trek." The trailer for the movie was so cool that film geeks across the nation did a collective swoon when it came out. But when the film was ultimately released, "Prometheus" wasn't awesome. It was confused mess that left a lot of questions. Why would a noted scientist spontaneously decide to pull off his helmet minutes after walking out onto an alien planet? Why didn't anyone seem concerned about Noomi Rapace's character when she appeared in the spaceship covered in blood and with a bunch of staples in her gut? Why did Charlize Theron not run out of the path of that giant rolling doughnut-shaped spacecraft? Why? Why? Why?
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The Wachowskis and Tom Twyker aimed for the rafters with this big-budget adaptation of David Mitchell's brilliant novel. It was one of those movies that was going to be either a masterpiece or a failure. It turned out to be both. With its dense, complex storylines and unabashedly philosophical message, "Cloud Atlas" is a movie that all but demands multiple viewings. It might very well be one of the best films of the year, but it failed to connect with audiences. The movie, which was reportedly budgeted at over $100 million, grossed only $26 million domestically. Expect this flick to become a cult fave when it comes out on DVD.