To put it bluntly, there were a lot of pretty terrible movies that came out in October. From films going for awards that are way too far outside their grasp to popcorn flicks that skimped on the entertainment, there was about a 50/50 shot that you left the theater disappointed during the month of October. Here are MovieBabble’s worst movies of October 2017:
#3: The Foreigner
Jackie Chan showed that he’s very capable as a dramatic actor, but may not be the most adept at choosing the correct projects. The Foreigner plays out as two different movies, one with Chan as Rambo and another with Pierce Brosnan as a politician fighting terrorism and the IRA. Neither part works very well together, leading to a less than satisfying endeavor.
The Foreigner falters mightily from horrible pacing. There’s a ton of sitting and talking. Then, there’s standing and talking. After that, there’s even more talking. Every half hour, there’s a solid fight from Jackie Chan, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the inevitable slumber that you fell into by the hour mark.
Director Martin Campbell tried to channel Casino Royale with this film. But, that’s just not the case as The Foreigner easily falls into the worst movies of October 2017.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 60%
Metacritic Score: 55
*To read my full review of The Foreigner, please click here.
#2: The Mountain Between Us
The Mountain Between Us has two great, beautiful leads to power the movie. It’s too bad that the movie suffers from fatally flawed writing in the end. The film was pitched as a survival film between two strangers that are stuck somewhere in the mountains in the Midwestern United States. But, we all got something different that just doesn’t work at all.
A relationship develops between the two leads in one of the most groan-inducing turns of recent memory. In a blink of an eye, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet immediately fall for each other after days of bickering in the freezing cold. Realistically, their relationship is the one item in the movie that absolutely had to work for the movie to be watchable. But did it work? No.
Instead, we’re left to to watch a nearly two hour movie that feels closer to four, dragging until one of the cheesiest final shots in film occurs.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 42%
Metacritic Score: 48
*To read my full review of The Mountain Between Us, please click here.
Suburbicon is best described as a serious misfire.
The world within Suburbicon is very neat, giving off an authentic 1950’s aura that works down to the finer details. But, the story within the world is an entirely different story. George Clooney tries to handle a story that contains a murder mystery, comedy, and social commentary with none of them really working. Each element has a negative effect on another element, adding up a movie that’s as frustrating as it is not entertaining.
To make matters worse, the social commentary aspect of the film feels horribly cheap and fake, failing to truly say anything beneficial on race relations in this country. Clooney treats it as a side story that never weaves into the main plot with Matt Damon’s character. Alternatively, a black family is the target of a bunch of protests by an all-white community. With no kind of resolution in sight, the entire process feels dirty and mean-spirited.
Do yourself a favor and stay away from this one. It may be the most reprehensible of the worst movies of October 2017.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 25%
Metacritic Score: 42
*To read my full review of Suburbicon, please click here.
In Case You (Or I) Missed It
In a new section to these “best/worst of” article, we’ll take a more formal look at films that I didn’t get a chance to see for whatever reason but would probably be among the other contenders on the list above. Let’s face it, sometimes, even critics need to have standards.
Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
The latest Madea film was a moderate hit with its target audience, but it still managed to be a critical failure, earning a sub-10% Rotten Tomatoes score. After Boo! was a rousing success for Tyler Perry and Lionsgate, the sequel was quickly produced just so that Boo 2! could get released merely a year later.
You know your film’s bad when the director tells you to stay away from the theaters. The Snowman boasted a great cast that included Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, and J.K. Simmons and was even based off of very popular source material, but issues in production made this film crumble.
Universal reportedly halted production before director Tomas Alfredson could finish it. Alfredson exclaimed that there was about 10-15% of connective tissue that wasn’t filmed, making the final product practically nonsensical. Better luck next time, Magneto.
Well, we saw this failure coming from a mile away. Warner Bros. fired the director from the project and brought in famed producer Jerry Bruckheimer to see the project to its end. However, that cleary didn’t work since Geostorm now has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 15% and is considered by many to be one of the worst movies of October 2017.
Warner Bros. is feeling the heat on this one as the film will reportedly come at a $100 million loss to the company. Oof.
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