If a movie is good, it becomes successful in the box-office and if it’s bad, it becomes unsuccessful. Well, this is an old myth as there are other things beyond good and bad that decides the fate of a movie. We have seen numerous times that movies that are actually good fail at the box-office and movies that are actually bad become successful at the box-office. There is another set of movies ruined by bad execution that actually has potential. These movies had great ideas and concept but failed to reach the audience due to lack of proper execution. Let’s have a look at 3 failed movies that actually had potential.
The Last Airbender
The Last Airbender is written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and was released in the year 2010. The star cast of the movie includes Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, and Jackson Rathbone. The movie is based on an animated TV series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. The series was loved by everyone and critically acclaimed as it had really interesting characters and strong and engaging storyline. Everyone expected the film to be as good as the TV series, but the exact opposite happened. The first mistake M. Night Shyamalan did was that he squeezed a full season TV series into a 1 hour 40 minutes box-structure. The second mistake was the incomplete characterization which spoiled the original concept and it irritated both the critics and normal viewers.
Hancock is directed by Peter Berg and was released in the year 2008. The star cast of the movie includes Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, and Eddie Marsan. Will Smith is an actor who can handle almost all types of roles with perfection and when he was about to play a superhero, fans were super excited. The movie starts off well but when you are halfway through the movie, you could see the movie deviating from its basic plot and humor to an unwanted and boring love triangle subplot. The superhero action sequences and good CGIs couldn’t save the movie from becoming a total mess up. Hancock is truly a wasted opportunity.
Transcendence is directed by Wally Pfister and was released in the year 2014. The star cast of the movie includes Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, and Cillian Murphy. The movie is the directorial debut of cinematographer Wally Pfister, who did the cinematography for movies like Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception etc. He is inarguably one of the best cinematographers we have today, but a great cinematographer can’t easily become a good director. The movie puts forwards a lot of questions related to Artificial Intelligence and futuristic computer science, but none of the answers presented in the movie were satisfactory. The movie had all the potential of becoming a good science fiction movie, but the boring storyline and the shabby direction killed the movie. The lovable and familiar faces in the movie and their performances couldn’t save the movie from becoming a brain teaser.