The pandemic and shooting restrictions that led to this year made filmmakers make a lot of aggressive and sometimes miserable choices that resulted in numerous movies that didn’t work out. So let’s have a look at the films released so far this year that were scored the worst of the worst by critics.
Directed by: Doug Liman
“Locked Down”, Part heist escapade, part romantic drama, the film follows Linda and Paxton (Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor), a struggling couple whose planned separation has to be put on hold due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in London. Stuck together, they choose to design a bold jewelry heist that will make them millionaires. Utilizing Paxton’s conveyance driver work and Linda’s admittance to the Harrods vaults, they take a precious stone worth more than $4 million and — in the wake of giving a large portion of the returns to the National Health Service—head out in a different direction.
Clearly, things don’t work out that way — the heist unites them. Author Steven Knight (“The Girl in the Spider’s Web”) and Director Doug Liman (“Edge of Tomorrow”) infers that Paxton and Linda will use the rest of lockdown to completely fall in love again, but with the exception of in case you’re a superfan of either Hathaway or Ejiofor, there’s simply a little to appreciate here. The two leads put in commendable energy, yet “Secured” is unreasonably stressed over winks and motions to lockdown life, consistently dismissing the whole heist plot for expanded lengths of time.” The whole film, so, is a loathsome misstep stumble,” said The Times, and we can’t fight the temptation to argue.
Breaking News in Yuba County
Directed by: Tate Taylor
In theory, “Breaking News in Yuba County” was supposed to be a dependable hit, yet this dark satire about a suburban housewife who leads the news media on with a lie about her cheating husband missed its mark by an extensive distance. With a brilliant cast including Oscar winner Allison Janney as the main character and supporting actors including Awkwafina, Wanda Sykes, Regina Hall, Mila Kunis, and Juliette Lewis, the makers had a great opportunity to accomplish something good. Other than wasting an extremely talented and capable cast, the greatest sin of “Breaking News in Yuba County” is overindulging in needless violence and not in a good way. “Breaking News in Yuba County” comes as a weak derivation of the movies it tries to hobnob with. Ominous correlations with Coen siblings’ exemplary “Fargo” were famous among the critics, in contrast to the actual film, which was panned hard when it was released digitally and in theatres in February 2021.
Directed by: Edward Drake
To propose that Bruce Willis uses a clone in his performance in “Cosmic Sin” would be an insult to the cloning industry, which can be a successful way of summing up the movie. Willis’ work—and this film in general—get neither of these things done. As Directed by Edward Drake, who also was the co-writer with supporting actor Corey Large, “Cosmic Sin” is, in essence, baffling and boring. It lays the foundation for its advanced, science fiction setting with extensive and tangled jargon, suggesting that a moving experience is on its way. However, at that point, the Earth of 2524 doesn’t look or feel horribly unique in relation to the one we possess today, aside from robot barkeeps and the compulsory flying vehicles. Also, clearly, there are no acting performances later on, as the exhibitions here are consistently firm and unconvincing.
The Woman in the Window
Directed by: Joe Wright
Adams stars as agoraphobic analyst Dr. Anna Fox, who lives alone in her house in New York. She kills time by drinking, popping pills, and keeping an eye on her neighbors, which prompts her to see a homicide one evening. At least, she thinks she saw a murder. “The Woman in the Window ” rapidly sets up Fox as a very unreliable storyteller, and keeping in mind that that worked in A.J. Finn’s hit novel of a similar name, it negatively impacts the film adaptation, dispensing certain secret elements too soon. What follows is a helpless Alfred Hitchcock impersonation that is not connecting enough to warrant the necessary mental energy (regardless of the broad reshoots, the film stays an obfuscated wreck).
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
The film “Infinite” lives up to its name in that it feels like it will take forever to end. Mark Wahlberg stars as Evan McCauley, a man suffering from what he mistakenly believes to be hallucinations and schizophrenia. However, all that he thinks about himself is tossed into question when a mysterious gathering of so-called Infinites searches him out and uncovers that he’s really one of them. The Infinites clarify that his hallucinations aren’t actually fantasies by any means but recollections from incalculable previous lives.
Explaining away an incapacitating psychological illness as some sort of sci-fi past life deja vu sensation is certainly not a decent look for any film, and that is a long way from the main issue here. Antoine Fuqua gives a valiant effort to make the film work, yet he’s working with a foggy, matrix-inspired script that is keener on world-building than character advancement. The presence of the miscast Mark Wahlberg unquestionably doesn’t improve the situation. Truth be told, he aggravates them and as a whole, as a whole, it is far from a good movie.
Directed by: Doug Liman
Chaos Walking doesn’t do proper justice in taking advantage of its brilliant cast or the strong theme setting which plagues the men of its world. Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley might have been a convincing couple, however, they aren’t upheld by an inventive group that can get in total agreement regarding what the focal point of the film ought to be. With its charms rare, Chaos Walking is an intense sell, particularly considering the cast’s essentially expanded clout in the years since it was first recorded means getting the group back together for the inferred sequel will be close to impossible.