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Anticipating the Top 12 Most-Disappointing Movies of 2013 -Part 2

June 26, 2013

Well, the end of the first half of 2013 is upon us! Can you believe that the 2nd half is already about to start? Just yesterday it seems we were celebrating Anne Hathaway’s Oscar win. Now we are gearing up for the second half of Summer Blockbuster season, the lull of September/October and then Oscar Bait season! But what films should you give your money to and what other ones should you avoid?thor-the-dark-world-poster1

If you will recall, earlier this year I posted Part 1 of this segment which I VERY much enjoyed writing and even more so enjoyed reading all of my “predictions” after the fact! What’s funny is that the first half of the year brought some surprises…along with some expected disappoints…for me.

Here’s what I had to say six months ago:

Below are not necessarily the movies I am predicting to be the WORST of 2013. They are simply the films I predict to be the greatest disappointments of the first half of the year. In other words, the ones that you want to be good for some reason…but they will leave you either sad, mad, demanding a refund, or all of those choices combined. Hit the jump to check out my fun list of what will be the Top 12 Most-Disappointing Movies of 2013 (1/month with an added “avoid” recommendation for each)! 😀


  • Gangster SquadLower your expectations and you MAY just enjoy this one a bit more than most, but it will still disappoint…even with its big cast. (I was right! See my review HERE.)gangster_squad-wide


  • A Good Day to Die HardExpect bullets, explosions, some MacGuyver/Jack Bauer stuff and cheesy one-liners, but the days of Die Hard have already died. (I was right! See my review HERE.)goodday


  • The Croods -“this one that looks more like a neanderthal-ish version of Pixar’s Brave than a Princess Fiona ancestor story…Skip it.” (I was wrong! See my review HERE.)ea_croods_poster


  • Olympus Has Fallen -“Gerard Butler…will disappoint. Thrilling, yet disappointing. Rent it.” (I was wrong…somewhat! See my review HERE.)Olympus-Has-Fallen-Quad-Poster-UK


  • The Great Gatsby -“Tons of hype…not saying it will be bad, just saying it will disappoint more than you want it to. It won’t come close to making back its $127 million budget.” (I was right!…except for the budget part. See my review HERE.)the-great-gatsby-movie


  • World War ZSomething about this anticipated film just screams “BOX OFFICE BUST!” This will disappoint the fans. I assure you. The Walking Dead and 28 Days Later it isn’t. (I was right…somewhat! See my review HERE.)worldwarz

—–End of Part 1—–

HA! Some of these words I have to eat back! I really loved The Croods; Olympus Has Fallen was not “turrible”; The Great Gatsby did disappoint, however it DID make more than its budget; and World War Z wasn’t the “Box Office Bust” expected apparently as the sequel has already been given the greenlight. 🙄 (We’ll find out this weekend about White House Down.) I should’ve included Iron Man 3 on the list of disappoints…The-Mandarin-in-Iron-Man-3

So much fun making those predictions and seeing how they ended up. How did YOUR own predictions go?

(You can see the original post and ALL that I had to say in “Anticipating the Top 12 Most-Disappointing Movies of 2013 -Part 1” HERE.) Are you ready for Part 2? Again, this is not a list of movies that will be BAD, per se…but a list of movies that will disappoint given the expectations laid. Here we go.


  • The Lone Ranger -I already have low expectations for this one and still want to give it a fair shot, but those expecting it to be the next Pirates of the Caribbean may find themselves greatly disappointed. How long can Johnny Depp’s odd characters continue to be funny? And Armie Hammer didn’t impress too much in Mirror Mirror.
  • Also: Recommend avoiding Turbo. It just looks ultra lame. We’ve seen the whole “engine that could” story too many times. This reincarnation offers very little that’s new.turbo


  • 2 Guns -Washington and Wahlberg in this buddy cop genre film that has the name/star power but will ultimately lack. The trailer alone tells you almost all you need to know. I’m willing to bet that you can show up 30 minutes before the end and know what has happened and what will happen. 2 Guns will be a dud.
  • Also: Recommend avoiding Mortal Instruments: City of Bones -Another “twilight-killer” movie that expects to launch a franchise and take top billing amongst tweens full of angst. (Beautiful Creatures, I Am Number Four and others have failed.) A neat concept, albeit redundant, that even readers of the books may be dissatisfied with.mortalinstruments


  • Riddick -This continuation will rely heavily on some of the exact same plot points as the previous installments. With the promise of more violence with its R-rating, Riddick will coat itself with more blood to cover up a weak and shoddy screenplay with lackluster acting and predictability.
  • Also: Recommend avoiding Insidious Chapter 2 -A continuation that picks up from the weak ending of the first one. Do you really care about the story at this point?insidious 2


  • Carrie -This remake will lack the same punch that its predecessor and the source content have. A formidable cast, but this one will not meet up to expectations of those hoping to revisit the creepiness of Bates High. (It was also pushed back several months…not the best sign.)
  • Also: Recommend avoiding Paranormal Activity 5 -Do I really have to tell you why?paranormal-activity-5__oPt

UPDATE: Apparently, even the filmmakers tended to agree with me as PA5’s release date was moved back a whole year to October 2014! You won’t have to avoid it until then. 🙂


  • Last Vegas -This one has potential. It could be referred to as “The Hangover: 30 years later.” With the cast of Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline and more, we want this to be good, but it will disappoint.
  • Also: Recommend avoiding Free Birds -Thanksgiving turkey on the run. A “remake” of Chicken Run…which wasn’t that great either.freebirds


  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug -*GASP!!!* haha, that’s right. I expect this one to disappoint and fall short of expectations. Especially if it follows the pattern of the fluffed-and-stuffed plot of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Peter Jackson, hobbits and elves around the world shake their fists at you. 😉
  • Also: Recommend avoiding Jack Ryan -I want this to be good. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, but starring Chris Pine makes me have my doubts. Pine taking on another iconic character…well, he’s no Harrison Ford.jackryan

There you have it. My last 6 of the 12 most anticipated disappointments of the year 2013. I may end up eating my words, but then again, so may you! (You see that I already did eat some from the first half!) 😛 Don’t worry. If you fail to heed my advice, I’ll be right there to console you with the words “I told you so on June 26, 2013!” (or in my review of “said” movie).

—–End of Part 2—–

Do you agree with the films I expect to be the largest disappointments of the last 6 months of 2013. AGAIN, just because it’s on this list, doesn’t equate to the movie being “bad,” just that it won’t live up to the expectations placed upon it by the media, actors, critics and movielovers. Only time will tell…and then YOU will. 

Tell me, what film(s) do you expect to disappoint you the most between July and December? Leave a comment.

Thanks for reading. Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer

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  1. June 26, 2013 1:17 pm

    Last Vegas looks horrendous and Riddick is unfortunately bound to stink. But I think you’re wrong on 2 Guns. Denzel is the perfect guy to work with Wahlberg on that sort of action-comedy IMO. Hope you’re wrong, ha!


    • June 26, 2013 1:20 pm

      haha! I have no problem being wrong. and I hope so too, but it doesn’t look that way to me. It looks so weak. ha. We’ll see. I like Wahlberg and of course I like Denzel, so it could prove me wrong!


  2. June 26, 2013 1:28 pm

    Dude! You are rating all the ones I want to see as disappointments…I’m hoping you’re going to be wrong. There are few that are going to be just avoid because they already look like its going to turn out bad…
    Carrie looks alright. I like seeing Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz do crazy lady roles. Riddick has me sold just for Vin Diesel and his awesome voice! I guess those aren’t exactly perfect reasons to see a movie but the trailers were good enough to merit some viewing.
    My issue with Insidious 2 is not the bad ending of the first one but rather I hope for these movies to give me some closure on the whole Insidious story. Haha! Thats how I work for horror movies…BUT this one seems to follow through in a weird way…
    Before I write an essay in your comments section, I’ll stop 😉


    • June 26, 2013 1:40 pm

      haha. Hey Kim! You are more than welcome to write a novel. 🙂

      I love the points you bring up and I love the fact that you look forward to the ones I say that will disappoint. It will be so fun to compare notes soon.

      I’ll tell ya, with Insidious, as soon as the ending started to form I wanted to stop watching it because it was so cliche, unoriginal and frustratingly so. I almost prefer it to have ended with the open/dark ending the first one had instead of, what I see as, a cash grabbing closing chapter that will undoubtedly leave itself open for a hopeful trilogy.

      again, not all the movies on this list are here because I expect them to be bad, just because, compared to the expectations, I suspect them to disappoint the most! ha.

      Oh, I can’t wait to compare thoughts in January! 🙂 Thanks for the fun comment


      • June 26, 2013 2:04 pm

        Disappointing and bad is pretty much on the same level for me.
        For some, might even be earlier 😉 I know I already have Riddick marked down to see but I first have to revisit the previous movies. Carrie is supposed to be a group event with my friends…
        Creepy movies are the ones that trick you in thinking its resolved but BAM! its actually not, especially in the type of movies like Insidious but that ending in the first one..I saw it miles away. haha! I can see the 2nd one still scaring me a lot because I’m mega chicken but I’m also hoping that it will have the success it had with the first one 🙂
        We’ll see how things far this year has surprised me quite a bit..2013 might just continue to stay strong 😉


      • June 26, 2013 2:27 pm

        I like creepy movies, I just wish more of them weren’t as formulaic nowadays. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Carrie and Insidious 2 when they release. it will be kinda ironic if I ended up liking them more than you. LOl can you imagine? 😉

        There are several films, however, that I am looking forward to in 2013. It’s a good year for movies with plenty of surprises. Better, in the sense of surprises, than 2012 was.


  3. Trevor permalink
    June 26, 2013 1:29 pm

    “hobbits and elves around the world shake their fists at you.”

    But dwarves are happy by finally having a mostly dwarf cast.

    I’m alright with this.


    • June 26, 2013 1:42 pm

      haha. well, those dwarves can indeed revel in their spotlight. I, however, was bored with the whole first hour of the film where no adventure short of eating around a dinner table dodging dishes took place.

      The second one will be more of the same as Jackson is trying to split a short book (and addendums) across three long epics. It will still be decent, but disappointing.


      • Trevor permalink
        June 26, 2013 6:53 pm

        I agree with you. I enjoyed the first one but it definitely was lacking a bunch.

        Like you said, he’s taking a short book and adding in stuff from a book(s) that only the most die hard of Tolkien fans have read and remember.

        It’s great lorewise for all of it but the rest of us just want to see some sweet dragon action.


  4. June 26, 2013 1:36 pm

    I think Planes actually looks worse than Turbo. Completely rehashed story, cliched characters, just nothing new. It seems to exist just to sell a line of Planes merchandise.


    • June 26, 2013 1:45 pm

      Planes almost made the list. I don’t disagree. But Turbo made it in its month. Planes lost out due to Mortal Instruments which I expect to be worse! ha. just like The Host.

      Turbo is super annoying though. it’s trailer, it’s posters, the cliche phrases it uses…just…no!

      Planes is not any better though. I must agree. hahaha. Thanks for the fun comment. We’ll see soon, right?!


  5. June 26, 2013 1:50 pm

    Pretty fun list you have here. I agree with most of it, however, I’m kind of thinking Lone Ranger won’t be the big disappointment that everyone is expecting it to be. From my understanding, Disney spent a LOT of money making sure that it won’t be another John Carter. We’ll see though! Also, totally agree about Turbo. That just seems like they are truly stretching for ideas. I mean, really?? A movie about a racing snail?? Wow. It’ll be fun to see how these predictions turn out!


    • June 26, 2013 2:23 pm

      Thanks for chiming in today. I was letdown by the response for John Carter. I loved that movie. The Lone Ranger had tons of budget issues at the beginning and almost didn’t happen. Given the rewrite and changes that had to take place to give it the greenlight reminds me of World War Z which did disappoint as well. I wouldn’t mind being wrong at all with Lone Ranger though! 🙂

      ha, you and I are in complete agreement on Turbo. LOL

      it’s always fun making these predictions. Oh man, I can’t wait. Thanks again


  6. June 26, 2013 2:02 pm

    I think you’re pretty spot on with most of these. I am slightly more hopeful for the next Hobbit chapter and Carrie but I won’t be hugely surprised if they are disappointments. I think the next Hunger Games will be a little underwhelming too.


    • June 26, 2013 2:25 pm

      ooh. good point on the Hunger Games. I think so too. It will be interesting following Katniss’ story.

      thanks for adding to the conversation here. It really was fun looking back at my January predictions for Jan-June. Perhaps July-Dec will have several surprises


  7. Ted S. permalink
    June 26, 2013 2:25 pm

    Fun read T! Before the summer movie season, I was ready to hate both World War Z and White House Down but to my big surprise, I enjoyed both films, especially White House Down. I don’t have much expectations for The Lone Ranger and Two Guns but I hope they’ll be fun films. For my prediction I think Pacific Rim might be the biggest bomb this summer, apparently the studio is quite worry since their tracking is telling them most people don’t really care about it. Personally I don’t really care about it either but hopefully it will be a good movie but it reminded me too much of Transformers and the god awful American remake of Godzilla. I’ll only see it if I get free passes to the IMAX theater.

    I agree with you about the Carrie remake, it’s basically a shot for shot remake of the original with better effects. What’s the point there? I hope The Hobbit 2 is better than the first film, I know I enjoyed the book a lot more after the wolves attack sequence so hopefully I’ll feel the same with the movie. From the trailer, it looks like a lot of what happened in the book will be on the screen, well the exception of seeing Langolas again since he’s never mentioned in the book.


    • June 26, 2013 2:29 pm

      Hey Ted! Thanks for the comment.

      This is first I’ve heard about concerns for Pacific Rim from the studio. I am really looking forward to that one. It just looks like gigantic fun. i hope you DO get those free passes.

      I do hope that Hobbit 2 is better, but I am still believing that I will be disappointed. Which 2013 release are you most looking forward to?


      • Ted S. permalink
        June 26, 2013 2:59 pm

        I hope I’m wrong about Pacific Rim since I’m a fan of Del Toro. Apparently Warner Bros. found out that general audiences aren’t too interested in seeing it so they’re going to market the film pretty heavily before it opens.

        I think the only film I’m most looking forward to is The Wolverine, hopefully it’s much much better than Origin. As for the rest of 2013, probably Ender’s Game since I’ve been waiting to see it on the big screen for a long time. I’m big fan of the novel but I don’t think the film is going to be a hit, not people seems to care about it after they launched the teaser trailer. Also, it’s opening on the same month as The Hunger Games 2 so it might get crush.


      • June 26, 2013 3:29 pm

        ooh. I didn’t think about The Hunger Games 2 vs. Ender’s Game. In this case, I really wouldn’t mind Ender’s Game being pushed up…or back, I guess.


  8. June 26, 2013 2:27 pm

    I agree with everything but The Hobbit and Riddick, don’t take my nerd hope away Terrence 😦


    • June 26, 2013 2:33 pm

      May your nerd hope live on! (but if they fail you…remember that I told you so!) 😀

      I hold hope for other films (Pacific Rim, The Wolverine, Elysium, The Spectacular Now, Don Jon, Ender’s Game, Thor: The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty -I love the original). Keeping hope alive here at TFF! 🙂


      • June 26, 2013 2:37 pm

        Actually out all the films coming out I would say Ender’s Game is the most likely to disappoint, I just sense it 😀


      • June 26, 2013 2:39 pm

        I understand that. I think a few others will beat it in disappointment though


      • June 26, 2013 3:07 pm

        We’ll see Terrence, maybe i’ll be the one saying I told you so 😀


      • June 26, 2013 3:31 pm

        You very well may be! ha.


  9. June 26, 2013 3:20 pm

    I actually think Lone Ranger is going to be surprising, plus its in my Summer League team, so I hope you’re wrong. Also hope youre wrong on the Hobbit as well. Meanwhile though I can understand why you picked the movies you picked. 😉


    • June 26, 2013 3:32 pm

      haha. oh yes, I actually have 2 of your Summer League films on this list. and I hope they both bomb!

      I jest, of course. But I would be okay with The Lone Ranger surprising me. Same goes for The Hobbit…but I am putting up the guard walls around my expectations for those two. 🙂 Thanks for commenting man.


  10. June 26, 2013 5:10 pm

    I agree on all counts except for The Hobbit; I think that’s only going to be a disappointment relative to LOTR.


    • July 2, 2013 10:23 pm

      Thanks for commenting Morgan. I think that after The Hobbit, I will sit through the sequels and just be glad to be back in the world of LOTR but not with high expectations. 🙂


  11. June 27, 2013 2:17 am

    This is fantastic. I love how you revisited your start of the year predictions.

    I’m thinking that The Lone Ranger, Last Vegas and The Hobbit will all be pretty terrible.


    • July 2, 2013 10:24 pm

      haha. Thanks man. Well, I just reviewed The Lone Ranger and report that you and I are right on with that one.

      Appreciate you stopping in and commenting. We’ll see how the 2nd half of 2013 goes


      • July 3, 2013 2:26 am

        Yeah that film has been getting an utter pasting everywhere. I will still check it out. I always need films for the bottom 5 of the year in my year in review post.


  12. jackdeth72 permalink
    June 27, 2013 6:39 am

    Hi, Terrence:

    Thanks so much for seeing films we do not have to!

    Also. your “Spidey Sense” for pointing out less than stellar offerings is to be commended for its maturity and discretion.

    I too, hold out for ‘Pacific Rim’ and ‘Don Jon’. Though, does the world need another Jack Ryan tale? Branagh can sometime perform miracles, but he is going to need an entirely new approach.

    The less said about ‘The Lone Ranger’ and ‘Last Vegas’, the better.


    • July 2, 2013 10:25 pm

      and thank YOU sir for reading. I love the nice touch you’ve added by referring to my Spidey Sense! 😀

      and I agree…the less said about The Lone Ranger and Last Vegas, the better.



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