10 Movies That Didn't Live Up to Their Expectations

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June 23rd, 2014

Some of the most highly anticipated movies in the world of cinema are either continuations of a popular franchise or sequels of iconic films. However, filmmakers have a hard time living up to the expectations set by their predecessors or the hype promised by big advertising budgets, and many of these long-awaited flicks fall flat, leaving audiences less than satisfied. Here is a list of the 10 biggest movie letdowns ever to hit theaters.


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10. "The Matrix Revolutions"

The grand finale of the beloved sci-fi trilogy disappointed fans everywhere with a lagging plot, cliché fight scenes and recycled elements from the first two films. In this installment, Neo must face off against the powerful program Mr. Smith, while Zion defends itself against a machine invasion. The trilogy began its downfall with the incoherent "The Matrix Reloaded," beginning an unfortunate downward spiral to mediocrity.


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9. "Quantum of Solace"

This 2008 James Bond film directed by Marc Foster and starring Daniel Craig followed up the widely acclaimed "Casino Royale," so it had some big expectations to live up to from the get-go. A dull villain and messy tangle of action sequences left audiences thoroughly disappointed in their favorite action hero.


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8. "Superman Returns"

Superman is arguably the most famous superhero of all time, and a 21st century reboot of the beloved films starring Christopher Reeve already had some big shoes to fill. Director Bryan Singer assumes that audience members have all seen the original films, so few of the characters and ideas are explained or developed. Add to this a weak story and dull execution, and filmmakers have a recipe for disaster.


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7. "The Day After Tomorrow"

The epic environmental thriller detailing the effects of global climate change had audiences reeling in anticipation. The film was ruined by poor CGI, little character development and some shockingly unrealistic plot sequences.


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6. "Once Upon a Time in Mexico"

This 2003 finale of Robert Rodriguez' "Mariachi" trilogy follows the hitman El Mariachi as he becomes a part of a twisted international espionage involving a Mexican drug lord and corrupt government agent. The film is an unnecessary continuation of the first two films, featuring a weak story, pointless action sequences and some cheesy dialog to boot.



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5. "Fantastic Four"

This 2005 superhero film brings one of the biggest comic book teams to the big screen, retelling their origin story while pitting them against a formidable villain. Unfortunately, with a combination of weak acting, poor CGI and a noticeable lack of action sequences, "Fantastic Four" doesn't quite hit the mark.



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4. "The Hangover Part III"

Everyone fell in love with "The Hangover," a wacky comedy following a group of groomsmen as they try to piece together their drunken night in Vegas. Part II is not quite as good as the first, but the story following the group as they head to Thailand for a wedding still manages to draw a few laughs. The third installment, however, seems like no more than a forced milking of a Hollywood cash cow as it features few good jokes and a wild storyline.


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3. "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"

The X-Men film franchise has had its share of let-downs, but the origin story of everyone's favorite mutant is perhaps one of the most well-known. Although the movie has plenty of great visual effects and action sequences, the story is nothing like dedicated fans were expecting, introducing a host of characters without giving them much development. Although Hugh Jackman is generally enthralling as Wolverine, even his performance lacks enthusiasm in this disappointing film.



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2. "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"

The world was ecstatic upon hearing that the most iconic adventurer of all time was returning to the big screen despite the actor Harrison Ford's advancing age. Audiences were let down by the New Age plot and weak execution, although the film still managed to score a few nostalgic smiles.


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1. "Spider-Man 3"

Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire had a great start with "Spider-Man," and the charismatic villain in the second film brought it reasonable success. However, the third film is a complete mess with an overstuffed plot that introduces far too many villains for one movie.

From "The Matrix Revolutions" to "Spider-Man 3," these films are some of the biggest letdowns in movie history. Still, many of these flicks are at the very least worth watching, so viewers are encouraged to consider giving them a chance. Audiences hope that filmmakers have learned from their mistakes and will produce more top-quality films for the future.