Top 10 Movies that are Trying Too Hard



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These movies had lofty ambitions, but in their execution they struggled to live up the goals they set for themselves and came off as trying way to hard and coming up short. WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Movies that Tried Way Too Hard to be something incredible! But what will take the top spot on our list? Will it be ‘Collateral Beauty’, ‘Suicide Squad’, or ‘The Hateful Eight’? Watch to find out!

00:47 #10. “Passengers” (2016)
01:36 #9. “The Cell” (2000)
02:21 #8. “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (2007)
03:12 #7. “The Green Inferno” (2013)
04:00 #6. “The Tree of Life” (2011)
04:46 #5. “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (2011)
05:26 #4. “Cloud Atlas” (2012)
06:38 #3, #2, #1 ???

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  1. Wasn't THE GREEN INFERNO just a rip off of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST without the creepy (if bs) snuff film angle?
    Thank you for including THE HATEFUL 8. I guess I'm pretty much alone in my dislike of Tarantino. I love a lot of the films he likes, but I think that means I find a lot of his stuff rip offs rather that homages. I'm also curious because I know people who hate Aaron Sorkin for being in love with his own words yet they love Tarantino for exactly the same reason. I'm not being snide here. I genuinely want an answer. Why is Aaron Sorkin pretentious & Tarantino gritty & cool? And if you site Tarantino's uses of the F word & the N word, well, anyone can do that. What else you got?

  2. Who went into Hateful 8 not expecting tons of dialogue? It was suited to it even more than ones like Inglorious, it was a single location movie. Had they seen only trailers of Tarantino movies?

  3. The hateful eight a whole lot of the same ol thing. I tought that was what watchmojo was. And to much talkin really that was one of the best parts, just because it didnt have action every second. So you no what watchmojo go fuck yourself😠. Sorry just had to get that of my chest🙏 and this list was just the iceing on the cake. Sorry if people find this statement rude😌

  4. The Hateful Eight was Quentin Tarantino sucking his own for 3 hours straight in 70mm.

    If you're going to shoot a movie in 70mm, then you should probably shoot the movie not just in the same room for 2.5 hours.

  5. People who think that cloud atlas was "too complex" are the same people that don't like Matrix because "I didn't understand it" -.- just watch it again. Americans keep thinking that you're supposed to watch a movie and throw it away, but all good movies you have to watch it many times so you can actually see everything about it, make the connections… or just accept you like action dumb movies for fast consume

  6. The Cell was brilliant. You all are so wrong about this list. And this list is basically the opinion of Watch Mojo? You all aren't professional movie critics. Get over yourselves.

  7. This is a more subjective category than many.  I, being the type to usually watch movies just to be entertained — any social commentary or other lasting influence is a bonus — enjoyed the top 2 choices.  Since I love music, a good soundtrack can overcome weaknesses in a film.  As an example, I discovered a great song from Collateral Beauty:  Looking to Closely by Fink.

  8. *Spoiler alter: just read when you have seen "Collateral Beauty"!
    I did cry when I first saw the trailer to "Collateral Beauty", it was intense and the idea got me hooked… I still would enjoy the movie, shed one or the other tear, yet to take this philosophical construct and placing it into a way too real context within the environment (actual actor who played the death, love and time) just stripped away some of the magic.. I would have loved to see the actual Love, Time and Death in persona answering to the enormous pain the Protagonist goes through. That would have given that movie the edge in creativity it would have deserved and needed to become an emotional blockbuster

  9. 'Trying to hard to recreate past successes'? Well yeah, it is good it tried, since Hateful 8 is the first Tarantino movie since Jackie Brown where Tarantino restrained himself from introducing sucky humor or over the top crappy fluff.

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