Ah, the blockbuster. Perhaps the most hit-and-miss ‘genre’ to be found within the film industry, the art of crafting a blockbuster movie is not for the faint of heart. If you get it right, bringing in the well-established names necessary and a storyline that manages to transcend the boundaries of superfluous special effects and lacklustre characterisations, then you may just stumble onto a hit like Star Wars, Indiana Jones or more recently The Avengers. Get it wrong and…well, just ask Battleship, Wrath Of The Titans and The Bourne Legacy how they’ve felt on the matter these past few months.
In this article, I’ll be casting my crystal ball (I did consider a crystal skull, but those tend to flop) over the next couple of years of blockbuster entertainment, looking ahead to ten films brimming with potential that seem doomed to fail nevertheless. Some of the choices included here may begin to prove controversial for the hardened franchise fans among you, but bear with me here, as there’s good reasoning for each flick’s inclusion on the list.
Perhaps you’ll avoid these destined duds, perhaps not. All the same, don’t say we didn’t warn you first…
1. Resident Evil: Retribution
The Release Date:
September 14th, 2012
What It’s Got Going For It:
Retribution heralds as a movie adaptation of one of the best-loved horror shooter video game franchises of all-time, Resident Evil. Though never critically lauded, the previous Resi movies have brought in the bucks over the course of the past decade.
Why It’s Already Doomed:
At some point, the novelty factor of seeing a video game series brought to the big screen (in admittedly unfaithful fashion) has to wear off. Much as the writing team on this blockbuster franchise have tried to sustain their audiences’ excitement through Apocalypse, Extinction and Afterlife, the narratives of these fantasy flicks have been becoming increasingly shallow and desperate for what was once a complex and dark universe. The marketing campaign’s main slogan ‘Evil Goes Global’ is hardly an original tease for audiences either, and what with the big Zach Galifianakis/Will Ferrell comedy The Campaign set to release in the UK within the same month as this, the odds really don’t seem to be in Milla Jovovich’s favour anymore. Had the movie released alongside the new game sequel Resident Evil 6 the next month, maybe it would have been likely to fare better, but I highly doubt it.
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