“The Bounty Hunter” suffers from a wholly predictable and forced plot. In this case, a gruff, moody bounty hunter is hired to catch his outgoing and eccentric bail-skipping ex-wife. Riding on the fame of Gerard Butler and romantic-comedy favorite Jennifer Aniston, the movie is laden with tense moments of sexuality and overplayed bickering sessions that accumulate, predictably so, in the two characters falling in love with one another by film’s end. Trite and unoriginal, the film was followed by a series of 2010 romantic comedies just as forced and exhausting, including “The Killers,” “When in Rome,” “Life as We Know It” and “Letters to Juliet.”
“Edge of Darkness”
Plagued by a convoluted plot and a running time that borders the two-hour mark, “The Edge of Darkness” is without a doubt one of the worst movies of 2010 which stars Mel Gibson as a Boston detective who seeks the truth behind his daughter’s murder. Dark, impossible to follow and melodramatic to the point of laughter, the most disappointing aspect of the film is that it was a remake of an impressive, highly praised British serial of the same name, which is often regarded as one of the most influential dramas ever produced in Britain.
This highly anticipated adaptation of the DC Comics western hero starred Josh Brolin as the scarred bounty hunter recruited by the president to thwart his nemesis, Quentin Turnbull, whom Hex has long thought dead. The film features flat performances by Brolin and “Turnbull” portrayer, John Malkovich, while the plot is plagued by a number of glaring plot holes that only serve to confuse and frustrate the viewer. Among the most disappointing aspects of the film are a contrived performance by actress Megan Fox, whose sole purpose in the film is to serve as eye candy, as well as the addition of various “abilities” to the otherwise powerless character of Jonah Hex. Not surprisingly, the abilities appear nowhere in the comic book and serve to cheapen a character whose strength and appeal lie in his skills as a marksman and lack of supernatural powers, rather than the film character’s uninteresting ability to talk to the dead.
Adapted from the beloved Nickelodeon cartoon series, “Avatar,” “The Last Airbender” was directed by “The Sixth Sense” writer and director M. Night Shyamalan. Like “Hex,” the film was highly anticipated and showed much promise until it was ultimately released. The plot, like “Edge of Darkness,” is convoluted and impossible to follow, while the performances are flat and lifeless. The characters in the movie are also constantly defining everything in the movie, as well as vocalizing how they are feeling, what they are thinking, and what they are doing—all of which serves to annoy a viewer who is told, over and over again, what is actually happening by one character after another.
A list of the worst movies of 2010 wouldn’t be complete without tired family comedies like “Gulliver’s Travels.” Attempting to capitalize on the stardom of actor Jack Black, “Gulliver’s Travels” follows Black’s Lemuel Gulliver, a mailroom employee who travels into the Bermuda Triangle and wakes up as a giant in a land full of tiny people. The film offers a number of sight gags aimed at exploiting the 3D effects in which it was shot but, ultimately, the jokes are lost on everyone, including the children at whom the film was directed. Laden with unconvincing performances and miserably executed, the film is among a wealth of uninteresting family comedies that plagued 2010 including “Marmaduke,” “Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” and “Furry Vengeance.”