Special Features – Return of the Five Most Disappointing Films of All Time

Anghus Houvouras with a follow-up to The Five Most Disappointing Films of All Time…

About or year or so ago I put together a little op-ed piece, right around the time I first started writing for Flickering Myth. It was a piece I’d been mulling for a few years: The Five Most Disappointing Films of All Time. I wrote it up, submitted it, and moved on to my next random thought.

In the article’s wake, a debate sprang up about my choices. Some agreed. Some disagreed, while others had their own ideas which films should have made the list. On the one year anniversary of the article I decided to revisit my brazen claims and discuss some of your choices in a piece I like to call:

Return of the Five Most Disappointing Films of All Time.

Who watched the Watchmen? Apparently, everybody….

Favorite quote:

“I think the author was just too lazy to find a fifth movie to blame so he picked that one. I thought Watchmen was great. ” – Witchdoktor

First off, I learned that a lot of people really like Watchmen. A fact that still astonishes me. There is a very loud and very vocal fan base for the Watchmen film that I have alienated. And in truth, I have no problem with that. I went back and watched the film again to make sure I hadn’t made some grievous error. The other four choices on my list were proudly championed as truly terrible. Watchmen was the one choice that seemed to really rub people the wrong way.

Upon another viewing, I decided that I was in fact right all along. Watchmen is a garish, terrible adaptation. Zack Snyder chokes the life out of the film one recreated panel at a time. The acting is wooden. The casting is shallow. And the film only exists to prove Alan Moore right in the fact that the story is best left on the printed panels and pages. I’m always open to the consideration of being incorrect on any number of subjects. However, on Watchmen, I feel satisfied with its inclusion on this list. The art of adaptation involves taking the source material and improving upon it. Not recreating it. Zack Snyder made a predictable adaptation, one with no surprises and brought nothing of his own to the source material. Disappointing. Twenty plus years of potential adaptations in the hands of people like Terry Gilliam and Paul Greengrass, and what we end up with is Zack Snyder pulling a cinematic version of obsessive compulsive disorder with his devotion to the original.

I was also shocked by the number of people who thought this was a “worst film of all time” list and who didn’t understand the entire proposition of the article. These were supposed to be disappointments. Films with huge expectations that were eventually crushed by their shortcomings. I doubt any of these films would make my “worst of all time list”, though The Phantom Menace is always flirting with that possibility.

Based on your reactions, here are your Top Five Most Disappointing Films of All Time:

1. Planet of the Apes (2001)

Hard to argue. Tim Burton’s reboot of the Apes franchise was a wretched, unintentionally hilarious mess. The only thing worse than the actors in awful ape make up were the awful actors not in ape make up. This movie is so terribly put together. A high budget blockbuster that fails at the most elementary levels. Tim Burton has always struggled with traditional mainstream filmmaking. His particular brand of whimsy didn’t work all. And the film contains the most hilariously terrible cliffhanger ending ever.

So why wasn’t it on the list?

I think the key word here is ‘disappointing’. Sure, it’s an awful film. Worthy of any derision and bile spewed in its general direction. But were the expectations that high? Were the original Planet of the Apes films so good that a horrible reboot seemed surprising? From my point of view, this film was highly anticipated but not with the same verve and excitement of the other five entries on the list.

2. Batman & Robin

Do I need to waste any more words on this epic failure? Like Apes, it’s bad. Real bad. Tragically bad. I don’t know if there’s a word in the dictionary that can truly encompass how bad it is.

So why wasn’t it on the list?

I always find Batman & Robin a funny proposition. Batman Forever came out two years earlier with many of the same flourishes employed by director Joel Schumacher. It was over the top, ambiguously strange, and prone to being campy. Batman Forever introduced Batman and Robin ass shots, Bat nipples, and catch phrase spewing villains who leaned more towards to ridiculous than the menacing. So when he pushed Batman & Robin even further into campy territory, why were people so surprised? I suppose that’s the definition of ‘The Most Disappointing’. Batman Forever set the tone for what was to come with Batman & Robin. So I wasn’t exactly surprised. It wasn’t expecting much after Batman Forever, and Schumacher delivered on those diminished expectations.

I mean, come on. Once you heard the words ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze’, were you really expecting something great?

3. Superman Returns

It’s funny how many of these films are comic/geek properties. Superman Returns was pretty bad. More shocking, really. How did Bryan Singer get the most iconic superhero of all time so wrong? His mopey version of Superman and bitchy version of Lois Lane were so off putting. What should have been the Man of Steel’s triumphant return to cinemas turned into a $200 million movie about superhero paternity and Lex Luthor’s weird obsession with real estate.

So why wasn’t it on the list?

Once again I must cite previous films. After Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Superman was tainted goods. Yes, there was some real excitement behind Superman Returns in the build up to release, but it wasn’t like the generational milestone of something like Star Wars. Now if Tim Burton had ever made Superman Lives, that probably would have made the list.

4. The Last Airbender

This one popped up a few times. Again, I have to stress I’m talking about the ‘most disappointing films’, not ‘cinematic abominations’, a list where this film deservedly belongs.

So why wasn’t it on the list?

Apparently none of you saw Lady in the Water or The Happening. If you had any expectations that this movie was going to be good, you deserved to be disappointed.

5. The Matrix Reloaded

After the mad genius that was The Matrix, the Wachowskis took all the goodwill earned from it and doubled down on a pair of sequels that left audiences scratching their heads and generally confused. It was still a blend of over the top martial arts and high minded philosophy. Most people dreaded every scene that took place in the subterranean city of Zion and found that they didn’t care for the expanded world of the Matrix.

So why wasn’t on the list?

It’s hard to not see the disappointment for the Matrix sequels, especially if you look at the financials. The Matrix Reloaded made $750 million worldwide. That’s an impressive number. The Matrix Revolutions made $420 million. That’s over $300 million worth of tickets shed between the two moves, which if you remember were only released six months apart.

Personally, I didn’t think the Matrix sequels were as bad as some people made them out to be, though it would be impossible to suggest that they weren’t epic disappointments. I would almost be willing to indulge that the Matrix sequels could take the place of Watchmen.

Other Films Mentioned:

Alien 3

You’re on crack. Alien 3 is awesome. Fincher is amazing. And I’ll go one further.

Alien 3 > Aliens.

That might be a poke to the hornet’s nest.

Every Harry Potter film

The first two Harry Potter films are terrible. But from Alfonso Cuaron’s third installment forward, this was a pretty solid series. At almost a billion dollars per entry, I’d have a hard time buying that there was any disappointment.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Pretty mediocre. A little deflating after the classic original. But I wouldn’t put it in the top five.

So there we have it my friends. Five more major disappointments based on reader feedback. Surely the debate will continue…

Anghus Houvouras

Around the Internet…

  • Soze

    I was with you all the way until you said Alien 3 is better than Aliens! It’s a dreadful movie, completely lacking in suspense with a motley crew of desperately uninteresting characters.

    • Bill Conklin

      Agreed 100%!!

    • Afiq

      Right on!

    • Tracie

      My sentiments exactly. OMG. I nearly spewed my coffee when I read that. In one nonsensical sentence he negated everything, EVERYTHING, he said before it. Now I’m doubting everything he says and just throwing all his sentiments into the crapper. I know he’s just speaking for himself but…Ugh!

      • Jonathan Clapham

        You weren’t drinking coffee…

  • Soze

    I was with you all the way until you said Alien 3 is better than Aliens! It's a dreadful movie, completely lacking in suspense with a motley crew of desperately uninteresting characters.

  • Jeremy Drale

    “Alien 3 is awesome. Fincher is amazing.” If your last post didn’t destroy your credibility, this statement has. Even Fincher (whom I respect very much for Fight Club and Se7en) admits that it was horrible. He can’t even bring himself to talk about it. Sure, some good parts, but overall, The ALIEN canon stops with ALIENS. Which couldn’t POSSIBLY be worse than Alien 3, as you stated. ALIENS is, in many ways (not all) better than ALIEN. Ridley gave us the main story, the atmosphere (with the help from Giger), great cinematography. Cameron gave us memorable characters, with a lot of character development, action, suspense, a decent story, immortal one-liners, and generally made the xenomorph much more believable, more menacing. What did Fincher do? He gives us one thing, an interesting character, Clemens. And then, out of the blue, he kills him, not even halfway through the movie. Just like that. Okay, that could be original, but he basically leaves us with some half baked, one and a half dimensional uninteresting cast, to a cheesy, disappointing conclusion. As far as ALIEN 4 goes, we don’t talk about that. Jeunet just had some fun, but he should have not included it in the franchise, but made it a spin off, called “Le fabuleux destin d’Ellen Ripley”

  • Jeremy Drale

    "Alien 3 is awesome. Fincher is amazing." If your last post didn't destroy your credibility, this statement has. Even Fincher (whom I respect very much for Fight Club and Se7en) admits that it was horrible. He can't even bring himself to talk about it. Sure, some good parts, but overall, The ALIEN canon stops with ALIENS. Which couldn't POSSIBLY be worse than Alien 3, as you

  • http://mycareersuicidenote.tumblr.com/ anghus

    i think i’m feeling a “In defense of Alien 3″ piece coming on…..

  • http://mycareersuicidenote.tumblr.com/ anghus

    i think i'm feeling a "In defense of Alien 3" piece coming on…..

  • Gavain McDonald

    Fairly scathing, but too right in too many areas to allow a comment like Aliens 3 > Aliens to upset me. Phantom Menace was a hot mess, and I said it the first time I saw it. My friends argued with me about it, and I accused them all of being so desperate for new Star Wars that they would accept George Lucas’s heavy breathing for 90 minutes if that’s what he released. The entire prequel trilogy was crap. Even the third one, which I would argue is the best of the three. Too much technology, no story. The guy that played anakin was little better than a wooden dummy. It was like watching Al Gore. I think the bar is so low for JJ Abrams on Episode 7 that he could basically take a big dump compared to his other work and it will still be better than Ep. 1 – 3. Lucas had all the stars aligned for 1 – 3, but gave us Jar Jar, pod racing, and midichlorians. Darth Maul was the best part of the first movie, and he only had about 45 seconds of screen time.

    Can’t argue with the other entries. I wish people would listen to Alan Moore. He’s not been wrong yet. The only even halfway decent movie version of his work was 300, and I’m still torn between calling it a great action movie and calling it the funniest men’s fitness movie I’ve ever seen. It rides the razor’s edge between great and complete camp.

    The only movies on the new list that I think fit the bill for disappointments are the Matrix sequels, because we had so many reasons to expect more based on the first movie. The others were all made by folks or continuations of franchises that had already set a very low bar. Did anyone really expect the Ape movie to be good? Marky Mark and monkey suits? Really?

    • NitPicker

      300 was written by Frank Miller.

    • Sandra Snan

      Out of the six Star Wars films released so far, two are good. The original, and Empire—and the latter ends on a cliff hanger.
      I like those two films so much that their goodness, and my love for that world, spills over to a bunch of expanded universe stuff including the other films. I’m not sure which is worse out of Sith (“younglings”) and Jedi (I hate the slave clothes. I hate that the one female main character (Mon Mothra aside) is always captured, tortured, degraded). Clones and Menace are of course the worst of them all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gavain-McDonald/100001036648659 Gavain McDonald

    Fairly scathing, but too right in too many areas to allow a comment like Aliens 3 > Aliens to upset me. Phantom Menace was a hot mess, and I said it the first time I saw it. My friends argued with me about it, and I accused them all of being so desperate for new Star Wars that they would accept George Lucas's heavy breathing for 90 minutes if that's what he released. The entire

  • Joe Cogan

    “The Matrix Revolutions” is much, much worse than “The Matrix Reloaded”. Good choice for #2: “Batman and Robin” is so bad that George Clooney will actually pull out his wallet and refund your money if you happen to meet him and tell him you saw it in the theater.

    • skunkybeaumont

      I wish they had gone with their original plan and JUST made Matrix Reloaded and combined the sequels into one film. Greed helps nobody.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=810714650 Joe Cogan

    "The Matrix Revolutions" is much, much worse than "The Matrix Reloaded". Good choice for #2: "Batman and Robin" is so bad that George Clooney will actually pull out his wallet and refund your money if you happen to meet him and tell him you saw it in the theater.

  • crasch

    Aliens 3 better than Aliens? Now you’re just messing with us. While not the abomination that Aliens 4 was, Fincher forgot that you actually have to care about the characters. After ruining the ending of Aliens in the first five minutes, Aliens 3 kills off the one remaining sympathetic character in the first 20. Who are we supposed to care about after that? Angry, suicidally depressed Ripley? Largely faceless rapist and murderer monks?

  • crasch

    Aliens 3 better than Aliens? Now you're just messing with us. While not the abomination that Aliens 4 was, Fincher forgot that you actually have to care about the charact. After ruining the ending of Aliens in the first five minutes, Aliens 3 kills off the one remaining sympathetic character in the first 20. Who are we supposed to care about after that? Angry, suicidally depressed

  • James

    This writer is terrible. He needs to be fired.

  • James

    This writer is terrible. He needs to be fired.

  • http://www.facebook.com/greg.price.1654 Greg Price

    The first two HP films are MUCH closer to the books than the later entries. Chris Columbus knew how to put the sparkle and wonder in the Wizarding World. The later films were dank, dreary, murky messes visually and many of the better character moments were excised unwisely.

  • Greg Price

    The first two HP films are MUCH closer to the books than the later entries. Chris Columbus knew how to put the sparkle and wonder in the Wizarding World. The later films were dank, dreary, murky messes visually and many of the better character moments were excised unwisely.

    • Logan Meyers

      I found the first two HP films to be extremely boring especially compared to the latter movies.

      • Mark Krijgsman

        Do know that the first two potters are children books, and after that she ventured into the young adult world

    • Preposterous Pants Bulge

      I couldn’t agree more. I have been saying that since the movies were originally released.

  • Chris Ostroff

    I admire your passion about the awfulness of Watchmen and your firm stance on Alien 3, which I don’t think was nearly as bad as people say it is. But I do have to say, The Matrix Reloaded and Indiana Jones 4 both get a bum rap… Were they disappointing? Maybe a little, but how easy is it to impress after gems like The Matrix and The Last Crusade? I think TMR and KotCS were fun, entertaining, silly, enjoyable escapes. Now I’m not one of those people who generally defends terrible movies by saying “It’s just a movie, you’re not meant to think too hard about it.” The Phantom Menace is painfully bad, there’s not sugarcoating that. Batman and Robin was laughable. But I was actually on board with the first Matrix sequel, and as for Crystal Skull… I dunno. I had fun with the silliness, nuked fridge and all. Plus now I know that if I’m ever attacked by giant fire ants, I can just crush them with my knees.

  • http://www.facebook.com/c3postroff Chris Ostroff

    I admire your passion about the awfulness of Watchmen and your firm stance on Alien 3, which I don't think was nearly as bad as people say it is. But I do have to say, The Matrix Reloaded and Indiana Jones 4 both get a bum rap… Were they disappointing? Maybe a little, but how easy is it to impress after gems like The Matrix and The Last Crusade? I think TMR and KotCS were fun, entertaining,

  • skunkybeaumont

    An adaptation should not have to improve upon the source material, especially in the case of ‘books to film’. To Kill A Mockingbird is a fantastic movie based on a fantastic book but its a terrible adaptation in that it leaves out many of the key elements that made the story work. Of course you can’t squeeze that much story into 2 hours, but you’re not supposed to and that’s what’s so difficult about (comic) book adaptations. Something will always be left out and chances are its just as important as what was put in. Its almost impossible to IMPROVE on something already understood to be great.

    • Greg Price

      Sometimes it’s necessary to “improve” the text of the book to best showcase the spirit of the book. Peter Jackson did an excellent job of capturing the “magic” of LOTR, but to do so he had to linnear-ize the narrative and prune a bunch of deadwood (such as Tom Bombadill).

      And sometimes there’s an interesting IDEA in the book that only works out when you re-develop it. I saw both “Watchmen” and “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”. Watchman was faithful to the tone of the original, and it sucked great big ones. LXG took the basic concept and made a more conventional action/hero movie that was far superior to the nasty, cynical original.

      • skunkybeaumont

        While LXG may have been superior to its source material (with which I am unfamiliar) I thought the film itself was just plain silly, like most steampunk inevitably ends up being. From what I’ve come to understand the makers of LXG made a bland movie that appealed to jocks (“American style” and “is that a f*cking car?”) and spoke to nerds (every literary reference).

        Watchmen was a bit too ambitious as far as sticking with the tone of the book. The problem is the same one I bring up with To Kill A Mockingbird, too many ingredients for one pot of soup. If you can make it through the entire, full, uncut, director’s, bonus, extra, complete version then you’ll get an experience like no other. Its more than a regular movie and it TAKES more than a regular movie experience to get the point across, which is why it doesn’t really work for conventional people.

      • Mark Krijgsman

        but the movie isn ot good …. it is fun but not goood , iwas disapointed by it .

  • skunkybeaumont

    An adaptation should not have to improve upon the source material, especially in the case of 'books to film'. To Kill A Mockingbird is a fantastic movie based on a fantastic book but its a terrible adaptation in that it leaves out many of the key elements that made the story work. Of course you can't squeeze that much story into 2 hours, but you're not supposed to and that's

  • skunkybeaumont

    Grow some cajones and put The Dark Knight Rises on the list. I’m just saying what a lot of other people are thinking and I’ll take it a step further. Batman Begins was mediocre at best, boring at worst. The Dark Knight only made that much money BECAUSE HEATH LEDGER DIED! I’ll go as far as calling it a Warner Brothers conspiracy to ensure a return on their investment. It was easily the best of the Nolan trilogy, but Heath Ledger’s scenes were the only parts worth watching. The same with TDKR, the whole movie was spent thinking ‘where’s Bane?’ or ‘what’s Bane going to do next?’ not ‘this is the Catwoman I wanted to see’ or ‘yes, Gotham city is the slums now!’. Disappointing indeed.

  • skunkybeaumont

    Grow some cajones and put The Dark Knight Rises on the list. I'm just saying what a lot of other people are thinking and I'll take it a step further. Batman Begins was mediocre at best, boring at worst. The Dark Knight only made that much money BECAUSE HEATH LEDGER DIED! I'll go as far as calling it a Warner Brothers conspiracy to ensure a return on their investment. It was easily

  • skunkybeaumont

    I wish they had gone with their original plan and JUST made Matrix Reloaded and combined the sequels into one film. Greed helps nobody.

  • Guest

    Written well before The Dark Knight Rises I'm afraid.

  • Greg Price

    Sometimes it&#39;s necessary to &quot;improve&quot; the text of the book to best showcase the spirit of the book. Peter Jackson did an excellent job of capturing the &quot;magic&quot; of LOTR, but to do so he had to linnear-ize the narrative and prune a bunch of deadwood (such as Tom Bombadill).<br /><br />And sometimes there&#39;s an interesting IDEA in the book that only works out when you

  • skunkybeaumont

    While LXG may have been superior to its source material (with which I am unfamiliar) I thought the film itself was just plain silly, like most steampunk inevitably ends up being. From what I&#39;ve come to understand the makers of LXG made a bland movie that appealed to jocks (&quot;American style&quot; and &quot;is that a f*cking car?&quot;) and spoke to nerds (every literary reference). <br /

  • NitPicker

    300 was written by Frank Miller.

  • mrfox

    Wow, I completely agree with everything you said, Anghus. VERY well done. I’ve said before that X-Men The Last Stand is one of the most disappointing movies of all time, but once I take into account how much I hated and still hate Brett Ratner and his movies AND how terrible the trailers looked, I guess it wasn’t all that surprising that it’s such a terrible movie.

  • mrfox

    Wow, I completely agree with everything you said, Anghus. VERY well done.

  • Rob Grizzly

    I appreciate the article. I don’t agree with everything (who can?) but I agree with most, and overall, its written well enough that I respect the opinions.

    -Agreed 1000% on Watchmen. And I can’t deny the reader suggestions, which are arguably even more disappointing than your original list, which was basically perfect. Except Matrix Reloaded. I’d say its better than the first Matrix. I’d swap that for X3 The Last Stand. For the love of the first two, the hope that it could still be good, and some impressive marketing, that one is easily in my top 10 disappointments ever.

    -I feel the exact reverse about Harry Potter. I love the first movie. That got me into checking the books out. The kids were adorable. The innocence and imagination of that fantasy ignited the child in me. As they got older, the acting got worse, the stories got rushed to fit into their movies, and they whole thing just became tiresome and dragged out. Yates in particular was more interested in cinematography than telling stories that made sense.

  • Rob Grizzly

    I appreciate the article. I don&#39;t agree with everything (who can?) but I agree with most, and overall, its written well enough that I respect the opinions.<br /><br /><br />-Agreed 1000% on Watchmen. And I can&#39;t deny the reader suggestions, which are arguably even more disappointing than your original list, which was basically perfect. Except Matrix Reloaded. I&#39;d say its better than

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.barbati Jeremy Barbati

    Dude, you can’t say Aliens 3 is better than Aliens and expect your credibility to not take a hit. I appreciate the boldness though. I also understand your beef with Watchmen, but I don’t understand how it’s a bad thing. It was so much better than it could have been and I really can’t imagine a better film adaptation. And you know why? Because Snyder was faithful to the source material. How often do critics get pissed over “creative additions?” He directed the movie he wanted to direct as far as I can tell. And he wanted to direct Watchmen, not Watchman remix

    • onslaught94

      You totally got it right about the Watchmen movie. What is so wrong about sticking to the source material? It’s when filmmakers change and warp the source material to what they want to see that ends up making a terrible comic adaptation. I’ll even give you an example. The upcoming Superman movie is gonna be terrible. Why? Because it’s supposed to be a dark interpretation of the character. Superman is not supposed to be dark! He is not Batman! What Christopher Nolan did with the Batman franchise was great (except for the villans: Ra’s Algul? Really? Sucked. The Joker wasn’t nearly demented enough. And Bane was just laughable all the way thru the movie. Catwoman was cute, tho Michelle Pfeiffer played that character WAY better in Batman Returns.), but turning Superman darker? That is going to be a horrible adaptation of the character. At least Superman IV stuck to who the character actually is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.barbati Jeremy Barbati

    Dude, you can&#39;t say Aliens 3 is better than Aliens and expect your credibility to not take a hit. I appreciate the boldness though. I also understand your beef with Watchmen, but I don&#39;t understand how it&#39;s a bad thing. It was so much better than it could have been and I really can&#39;t imagine a better film adaptation. And you know why? Because Snyder was faithful to the source

  • Not a Hero

    Finally, Alien 3 is a great movie. I wouldn’t say it was better than Aliens but a damn solid movie none the less.

    • DireLeon2010

      Remove Ripley. She didn’t need to be in that film. Add a character or two to root for/sympathize with and whammo! A….better film? Hmmmm….now that I think of it, it would’ve been a revamp of The Thing. Think about it. It even started out with a dog!

      That being said, I think it could’ve been better that way. The scenes with the dog Aliens chasing them down the corridors was pretty cool anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/NotaHeroshort Not a Hero

    Finally, Alien 3 is a great movie. I wouldn&#39;t say it was better than Aliens but a damn solid movie none the less.

  • $22311079

    Disagree with the first two Potter films. They perfectly captured the innocence of the first two books before things got noticeably more serious in the third. Also, the sixth movie was an abomination in terms of accurately conveying what was in the book.

    • Mark Krijgsman

      treu , to much emphasis on the love stuff and not to much on the battle in hogwarts, and where was the fear harry felt for ron after he kissed ginny that was so great in the book and totaly left out in the movie

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19715421 Jayson Berray

    Disagree with the first two Potter films. They perfectly captured the innocence of the first two books before things got noticeably more serious in the third. Also, the sixth movie was an abomination in terms of accurately conveying what was in the book.

  • Cordale

    I think the live action dragonball movie should be number one on this list

  • Cordale

    I think the live action dragonball movie should be number one on this list

  • thegavel

    PROMETHEUS !!!! So disappointing. I still vomit in my mouth thinking about it.

  • thegavel

    PROMETHEUS !!!! So disappointing. I still vomit in my mouth thinking about it.

  • Bill Conklin

    Aliens 3 was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. Most of the movie was so dark and shot with cheap “extreme closeups” during all the action that you could not tell what was going on! The characters were flat, uninteresting and the movie lacked any kind of scares or thrills. Aliens was the very best of the Alien sequals!

  • Bill Conklin

    Aliens 3 was one of the worst movies I&#39;ve ever seen. Most of the movie was so dark and shot with cheap &quot;extreme closeups&quot; during all the action that you could not tell what was going on! The characters were flat, uninteresting and the movie lacked any kind of scares or thrills. Aliens was the very best of the Alien sequals!

  • Bill Conklin

    Agreed 100%!!

  • Le Boyd

    I see a pattern in how the Author’s mind works. He has been institutionalized by Hollywood, is what I think. He thinks the Watchmen was disappointing because it was a frame by frame adaptation (which it wasn’t, and Zack Snyder got flack for changing the ending the way he did). He also thinks the Harry Potter movies, from the third movie onwards, were good. If he had ever to read the books, he would know how untrue this is about the last 3 movies, especially, the last 2 movies of the franchise. Whilst the last 2 books in the series were dark, the movies removed all of that darkness and turned them into fluffy teenage-issue bullshit. But the author thinks that as long as the movie departed from the source material, they are good adaptations. He is clearly not right in this…at all. Fans need a faithful adaptation. Not every piece of literature has to be changed for the heck of it. A good adaptation is one where the changes do not take away from the source material, but adjust it to fit a reasonable screen time. Case in point, Fight Club.

    • http://www.facebook.com/A.NURAMIN Afiq Nuramin

      Agreed 100% with you bro! Especially the part where the author has been institutionalized by Hollywood. Look out for Evil Dead.

  • Le Boyd

    I see a pattern in how the Author&#39;s mind works. He has been institutionalized by Hollywood, is what I think. He thinks the Watchmen was disappointing because it was a frame by frame adaptation (which it wasn&#39;t, and Zack Snyder got flack for changing the ending the way he did). He also thinks the Harry Potter movies, from the third movie onwards, were good. If he had ever to read the books

  • I HATE MOVIES THAT SUCK

    GREEN LATERN COME ON THAT MOVIE SUCKED!!!!

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    GREEN LATERN COME ON THAT MOVIE SUCKED!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/vicegirls Nik

    Watchmen and Superman Returns have similar problems in that they’re sluggishly paced, but neither of them are bad nor were they disappointing (at least to me). Superman had a depth that comic book movies almost never exhibit and Kevin Spacey was a brilliant Lex Luthor.

  • http://urial.in/ Nik Matt

    Watchmen and Superman Returns have similar problems in that they&#39;re sluggishly paced, but neither of them are bad nor were they disappointing (at least to me). Superman had a depth that comic book movies almost never exhibit and Kevin Spacey was a brilliant Lex Luthor.

  • Snot

    I think the Adam West batman tv show was a higher quailty of batman than any of the schumaker movies in every way possible, thats righ i said it “in every way possible”.

    • HolyFranchiseBatman!

      I agree with you 100%. Although by the end of its run, the Batman TV show was pretty bad.

  • Snot

    I think the Adam West batman tv show was a higher quailty of batman than any of the schumaker movies in every way possible, thats righ i said it &quot;in every way possible&quot;.

  • Opusdopus

    I must disagree with your assessment of Last Airbender, with the source material M Night had to work with, the film should have a been a cakewalk for any director(even one as inept as Mr Shyamalan) to create something decent. That was why I feel the film was a huge disappointment.

    I feel that Aliens and Alien 3 were equally fantastic. The forth installment was the worst but it was immensely enjoyable for its camp appeal.

    • Prosthetic Lips

      I know I am months out-of-date, but Airbender was abysmal. Bad special effects, actors couldn’t bother to pronounce names correctly … that were already pronounced in the animated series! The “disappointment” for me was how great the animated series was, compared to how awful the live-action movie was. I would rather have seen some kind of “new adventure” animated rather than this abomination.

  • Opusdopus

    I must disagree with your assessment of Last Airbender, with the source material M Night had to work with, the film should have a been a cakewalk for any director(even one as inept as Mr Shyamalan) to create something decent. That was why I feel the film was a huge disappointment. <br /><br /><br /><br />I feel that Aliens and Alien 3 were equally fantastic. The forth installment was the worst

  • Frank Mondana

    By the authors own logic, Alien 3 was a disappointment. Alien 2 gave us 2 pretty cool characters and the possibility of more story including them. Instead, those 2 characters are killed off. Realistic (as far as a movie about a space bug could be)? Yes. Disappointing? Hell yes.

    Watchmen was disappointing mostly to the Moore fanatics but for most others it was a good film(except for those told by their Moore fanatic friends that it was the best story ever). In my opinion the film actually improved upon the comic, especially the climax. The blue squid never sat right when everyone in the story is all a-quiver about the Docs “power” not his ability to conjure up tentacled beasts.

  • Frank Mondana

    By the authors own logic, Alien 3 was a disappointment. Alien 2 gave us 2 pretty cool characters and the possibility of more story including them. Instead, those 2 characters are killed off. Realistic (as far as a movie about a space bug could be)? Yes. Disappointing? Hell yes.<br /><br /><br />Watchmen was disappointing mostly to the Moore fanatics but for most others it was a good film(except

  • onslaught94

    You totally got it right about the Watchmen movie. What is so wrong about sticking to the source material? It&#39;s when filmmakers change and warp the source material to what they want to see that ends up making a terrible comic adaptation. I&#39;ll even give you an example. The upcoming Superman movie is gonna be terrible. Why? Because it&#39;s supposed to be a dark interpretation of the

  • onslaught94

    Superman Returns and the Matrix sequeals were not bad. I liked them a lot, actually. And as for the Harry Potter films, the only thing wrong with them is that they were too short. But at the same time, nobody except for die-hard fans would want to sit thru a 12-hour+ Harry Potter movie where every scene in the book is acted out. That’s the same thing when it comes to books being made into movies. Ya can’t have every scene and every line of dialogue acted out. Not if you want people to see the movie so that you can make money, anyway.

  • onslaught94

    Superman Returns and the Matrix sequeals were not bad. I liked them a lot, actually. And as for the Harry Potter films, the only thing wrong with them is that they were too short. But at the same time, nobody except for die-hard fans would want to sit thru a 12-hour+ Harry Potter movie where every scene in the book is acted out. That&#39;s the same thing when it comes to books being made into

  • Logan Meyers

    I found the first two HP films to be extremely boring especially compared to the latter movies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrianmorales1983 Adrian Humberto Morales

    aliens 3 = great aliens 3>aliens?? ur on crack homie

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrianmorales1983 Adrian Humberto Morales

    aliens 3 = great aliens 3&gt;aliens?? ur on crack homie

  • Afiq

    Right on!

  • http://www.facebook.com/A.NURAMIN Afiq Nuramin

    Agreed 100% with you bro! Especially the part where the author has been institutionalized by Hollywood. Look out for Evil Dead.

  • http://www.facebook.com/A.NURAMIN Afiq Nuramin

    You can’t say Aliens 3 is better than Aliens and expect your credibility to not take a hit. Anghus Houvouras, you should be fired!

  • http://www.facebook.com/A.NURAMIN Afiq Nuramin

    You can&#39;t say Aliens 3 is better than Aliens and expect your credibility to not take a hit. Anghus Houvouras, you should be fired!

  • DireLeon2010

    Remove Ripley. She didn&#39;t need to be in that film. Add a character or two to root for/sympathize with and whammo! A….better film? Hmmmm….now that I think of it, it would&#39;ve been a revamp of The Thing. Think about it. It even started out with a dog! <br /><br />That being said, I think it could&#39;ve been better that way. The scenes with the dog Aliens chasing them down the corridors

  • Tracie

    My sentiments exactly. OMG. I nearly spewed my coffee when I read that. In one nonsensical sentence he negated everything, EVERYTHING, he said before it. Now I&#39;m doubting everything he says and just throwing all his sentiments into the crapper. I know he&#39;s just speaking for himself but…Ugh!

  • Kiso

    What irritated me is when the author took the assumption that because the director attempted to do something that you never see which is an authentic adaptation of the graphic novel that it’s something bad and worthy of name calling and harsh criticism How many books have you read and when Hollywood decided to make a movie it pretty much completely rewrote it based on time constraints and what looks good on camera? Personally I loved Watchmen and have watched it several times and each time I appreciate it more.

    • Just Me

      I loved Watchmen too. Some people are so hung up on how close they stuck to the novel, or how well the actor matches what they think the character from the comics should look like, or some other BS based on a stupid book from their childhood. Christ people… sit down and enjoy the movie. Stop picking it apart over stupid crap!

      • Greg Price

        I hated Watchmen for it’s dystopian, deconstructionist ULTRA-“grimdark” take on superheroes (I didn’t know anything about the material going in.)

        LXG on the other hand, had a producer who had the good sense to take a look at the source material and say “the idea is good, but the crapsack/grimdark execution sucks” and turned it into a pretty darn good Victorian/steampunk superhero story…

  • Kiso

    What irritated me is when the author took the assumption that because the director attempted to do something that you never see which is an authentic adaptation of the graphic novel that it&#39;s something bad and worthy of name calling and harsh criticism How many books have you read and when Hollywood decided to make a movie it pretty much completely rewrote it based on time constraints and

  • Garrett

    You say Superman Returns was tainted goods yet you’re “shocked” at how bad this movie is about the “most iconic superhero of all time.” Seems it should have made the list.

    The first 2 HP films do capture the innocence of the books, which are about children, so it’s hard for me to expect an adult to think they’re terrific.

    Still disagree w/ Watchmen being on the list. Watchmen was and always has been a difficult graphic novel to adapt. Patrick Wilson was outstanding as Nite Owl.

  • http://twitter.com/GarrettAMay Garrett May

    You say Superman Returns was tainted goods yet you&#39;re &quot;shocked&quot; at how bad this movie is about the &quot;most iconic superhero of all time.&quot; Seems it should have made the list. <br /><br /><br />The first 2 HP films do capture the innocence of the books, which are about children, so it&#39;s hard for me to expect an adult to think they&#39;re terrific. <br /><br /><br />Still

  • Sandra Snan

    Yeah, I would change the Matrix sequels for Watchmen. Watchmen wasn’t that disappointing. The lighting was weird and they made some of the characters more violent than they used to be (in the book, Silk Spectre and Nite Owl are sort of counter-characters to Rorschach because the latter has killed a handful of times—in the film, the duo kills a bunch of knot-tops in a grotesque way, poking fingers through their necks).
    I completely agree that Alien 3, even though Fincher disavows the film after studio trouble, is still without a doubt better than Aliens!
    In fact, I like all four of the original films. Alien Resurrection has one scene/character that everyone (rightly) hates, the “newborn” but other than that I really like it—and it was my first encounter with the uneven but sometimes miraculously good Joss Whedon.

  • Sandra Snan

    Yeah, I would change the Matrix sequels for Watchmen. Watchmen wasn’t that disappointing. The lighting was weird and they made some of the characters more violent than they used to be (in the book, Silk Spectre and Nite Owl are sort of counter-characters to Rorschach because the latter has killed a handful of times—in the film, the duo kills a bunch of knot-tops in a grotesque way, poking fingers

  • Sandra Snan

    Out of the six Star Wars films released so far, two are good. The original, and Empire—and the latter ends on a cliff hanger.<br />I like those two films so much that their goodness, and my love for that world, spills over to a bunch of expanded universe stuff including the other films. I’m not sure which is worse out of Sith (“younglings”) and Jedi (I hate the slave clothes. I hate that the one

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  • Preposterous Pants Bulge

    Aliens 3 was rubbish. It cynically destroyed everything Cameron’s Aliens story managed to accomplish. Killing Hicks and especially Newt in the opening scene was beyond reprehensible. Everything else after that wasn’t even worth paying attention to. As for Harry Potter, the series nosedived with the third and fourth installments. It continued its downward spiral with five and six, and disappeared down the toilet by the time the credits rolled in seven. Did you even bother reading the books? You seem like someone who praises darkness and grit in storytelling and finds happy endings to be saccharine. Is that about right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/todd.beaton.7 Todd Beaton

    Alien 3 was terrible and no where near as entertaining as Aliens. Alien 3 just seemed boring and killed off characters right away, ya know the ones from Aliens that would’ve made the story better. Watchmen is probably the worst super hero movie ever….period. People walked out before the first hour including me. As far as the Harry Potter movie, I didn’t like any of them. The Lost World was good though.

  • Natas Liah

    First off, judging by box office alone is not a reliable measure. Harry Potter films, for instance, disappointed many, who paid to see them before forming an opinion Even if the buzz about a film is bad, people will still go to see for themselves, either to form their own opinion or to morbidly observe a train wreck.
    Second, some of us held out hope that The Last Airbender would be good, because Shyamalan’s bad movies had always been thrillers. He might have proved far more capable in other genres, which some felt he already had with the little-known Wide Awake, a drama done before The Sixth Sense. Add the strength of the source material, and boom– disappointment galore.

  • Emily

    I don’t know how anyone could say Harry Potter is bad, yeah okay the first two movies were a bit bad but the three main characters were kids who were still working out how but from the third movie on they were brilliant!

    • Greg Price

      The first two were a lot better than the last 5. Columbus honored the mystery and magic of the Wizarding World. The later films got bleaker and bleaker and bleaker and bleaker.

  • Michael Siever

    I would replace Watchmen with Man of Steel. Watchmen is a cinematic masterpiece by comparison to that lazily-written drivel. The fighting just goes on and on for the second half, and even though it’s technically shorter than Watchmen, it actually felt longer than Watchmen, too.

    • Greg Price

      I would happily never watch EITHER Watchmen or MoS again. Both are ultimately terrible movies.

  • Whibe

    Ok… I love every of the original five movies. And I mean, EVERY. I hate Alien 3. And I consider the first two Harry Potter to be the only enjoyable films in the whole series… Am I wrong, or… are you ??? ^^

    • bumboclot

      With Harry Potter you are comparing children’s movies to young adult movies (the later ones). The first two certainly aren’t better, nor are they really much worse than the later ones, they are just for a younger audience. Of course the mediocre child acting can be hard to stomach in the earlier ones.

  • Alucard_the_last

    Alien Resurrection was one of the worst films ever made. Jaws 4 “the revenge” should also be on the list. A shark follows Mrs. Brody to the Bahamas to kill her and it growls!

  • Edward Kyle

    I understand that all this just your opinion . . . blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. . . and you certainly are entitled to it, but . . .

    The Planet of the Apes is not that bad. First of all the ape costumes are phenomenal. Everything from the seamless and fluid face movements to the actors wobbly gait. If you can’t recognize that fact you must be blind or have special needs. However, I must agree with you that the rest of the movie is pretty bad.
    And by the way: the book ends pretty much the same way Burton’s film ends. The ending and the costumes are the only things that make the movie watchable.

    Alien 3 is pretty good. The director’s cut is improves on the theatrical cut and places it securely on the second tier just below the 1979 original.

    Harry Potter! Are you serious? All of the Harry Potter films were Top Shelf!

    The Matrix is not all that deep. There is very little metaphysical significance to any of the films. The first installment was alright; the second and third all dreck!

    Besides the descent Superman Returns, the rest of the films listed are a waste of cat guts. 7 out of 10, or so, ain’t all that bad.

    For your next posting you should consider writing about the top ten worst movies ever made (or that you have actually seen). I will provide you with two prime cuts:

    Pink Flamingos and Alienator. And I defy you to find the latter on DVD or BlueRay. I suspect that you are going to have to dig out and old VHS copy if you wish to view it.

    Happy Hunting!

    And I won’t brook any excuses about how John Waters was being intentionally campy and ridiculous. Flamingos sucked, pure and simple! Waters is a hack!

  • Ferg

    Highlander 2 should have been on the list. The first movie was awesome and the second movie…well the words disappointing and terrible don’t even begin to describe how bad it was. It was so bad that when they made a third movie they essentially pretended that the second movie didn’t even happen.

  • bumboclot

    Yeah, The Matrix Revolutions should be top 5! I was completely disappointed by how the trilogy ended in yet another Smith vs Neo battle. No resolution regarding the first Matrix at all. Reloaded was bad too, but a good ending could have saved the trilogy.

  • elsotho

    I can see that some time
    has passed, but still I would like to share my point of view on the wordt
    movies of all time.

    The two worst has to be:

    1: Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull

    In my honest opinion this has to be the worst EVER!

    Never ever have I left the theater more disappointed!

    2: Star Wars – The Phantom Menace

    The more you think about it the worse it is…it can never be undone!!!!

    3: I am Legend

    Back in the ’90s I read about this story, and how Schwarzenegger was in thought
    for the main lead, and that it was all about one man’s struggle in a world
    filled with vampires. No need to say I was hooked.

    So when it came out I had to see it. Time had passed and I had learned to
    accept the idea of Will Smith as the lead. In fact so much time had passed that
    Schwarzenegger didn’t fit the roll anymore, so I was actually okay with it.

    What I didn’t like was all the plot holes in the story. NOTHING seemed to fit,
    and all in all it seemed to me like they had been cutting a lot of corners
    along the way!!!

    If I were to talk about all the plot holes I would have to write all night
    long….

    4: Man of steel

    The new adaption of the world’s strongest and most beloved superhero takes the
    4th place. Snyder has RUINED everything. If you don’t like SPOILERS don’t
    continue reading.

    Superman is a man of Honor, and he always does the right thing, which is not
    the necessarily the easy way. I have a few episodes I would like to share with
    you.

    a – In the movie Jonathan Kent died because Clark Kent shouldn’t reveal his
    powers to the world. That is pathetic! With his super speed, he could easily
    have saved his “dad” and no one would have to know.

    What I am trying to say is that JK should have died from an illness or
    something that CK couldn’t prevent even though he had superpowers, which would
    teach him a great thing about life. – With great powers, comes great responsibility.

    b – The true superman would NOT pull a trick like destroying a man’s truck in
    pure vengeance, just because he could. He would have taught him a lesson
    without destroying a man’s livelihood – With great powers, comes great responsibility.

    c – When fighting General Zod they almost destroy Metropolis, killing who knows
    how many people. A true hero like Superman is suppose to be, would have taken
    the fight to a deserted place, with a minimum of casualties. – With great
    powers, comes great responsibility.

    d – Instead of killing GZ,
    the true superman would have found another solution. A solution that only Superman
    would/could think of. It should have been a solution that would have amazed the
    audience. Instead we were served “the easy way out”

    These were ONLY a few out of MANY flaws in a VERY bad comic adaption.

    No way through the movie do we learn to care about the protagonist (superman)
    and no way through the movie do we care that he almost dies. The only
    difference between the good guy and the bad guys are the color of their suits.

    5: Predators

    I LOVED Predator 1&2, so I had been looking forward to a third movie ever
    since I saw the second one. What should have been a masterpiece turned out to
    be a disaster (IMO)

    I had hoped for a great Predator story, with links to Aliens, and finally a way
    to weave these two monstergenres into what Aliens VS Predator should have been

  • JRosa

    I wholeheartedly agree with the author on Alien 3 being better than Aliens. Alien was a dark horror movie about unarmed humans trying to survive the presence of a single monster. Alien 3 brought us back to that original premise, but added the extra bonus of having victims we didn’t really want to root for- sexual predators! Now THAT is DARK!! In between, we got a rah-rah action flick with dopey Marines with gobs of firepower blowing every Alien they see to pieces. Where did the horror go? Where’s the fear?? Alien 3 suffers only from the ‘too many chefs’ syndrome and astounding levels of studio interference. Had Fincher been given the time, money and control he deserved, Alien 3 would rate as great as his Se7en and Fight Club. We still got an amazing film from him. All this isn’t to say Cameron’s film was bad… it just wasn’t horror… it wasn’t an ‘Alien’ movie.

  • RichSpirit

    I don’t really see what the Matrix Reloaded is on this list. Revolutions, that I can see being on the list.. but the Matrix movies were a combination of deep philosophy and excellent martial arts action and that’s what we got more of in the second film and really the third.

    What most don’t understand about those movies is that there is tons of truth in them, especially about what’s happening in the US regarding the law, the true history of America, etc.. here is but one small example of what I mean.

    There are several interesting issues that are raised with the Movie The Matrix 2 . The first
    movie was mostly about Neo, personally. It was about waking him up from his naivety and the placing of him into a position in which he could be aware of, and deal with, larger issues than his own condition and future.
    Since the Movie is only a parable to teach us, the first movie also was about waking us up to
    the reality of the world. Now, in the second movie, we are ready for larger issues. This is what we are getting.

    0: Well. Come on. I’m not going to bite you. Come around here and let me have a look at
    you. My goodness. Look at you. You turned out all right, didn’t you? How do you feel?
    You are not sleeping. We will get to that. Why don’t you come and have a sit.
    [An invitation to sit is a form of a commercial process called a draft. The Oracle was
    the drawer of the draft. As such, the drawer is the debtor. The drawee, in this case Neo,

    is the creditor. If the drawee does not fulfill the draft request, a dishonor occurs and the
    drawee becomes the debtor. You do not want to be the debtor by dishonoring the draft.]
    N: Maybe I will stand. [A dishonor]
    0: Suit yourself. [Acceptance o f Neo’s dishonor without going to war.]
    [Neo sits down voluntarily.]
    N: I felt like sitting. [Now Neo is in honor, so the conversation continues.]
    0: I know. So, let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way.
    N: You’re not human. Are you?
    0: It’s tough to get any more obvious than that.
    N: If I had to guess, I would say you are a program from the machine world. So is he.
    [Referring to the Oracle’s body guard.]
    0: So far s o good.
    N: But if that is true, it can mean that you are a part of the system. Another kind of
    control.
    0: Keep going.
    N: I suppose the most obvious question is: How can I trust you?
    0 : Bingo! It is a riddle. No doubt about it. The bad news is there is no way that you can
    really know if I am here to help you or not. So it is really up to you ! Just have to make
    up your own damn mind to either accept what I am going to tell you or reject it.
    [Isn’t this the real issue with the people of Zion today in their relationship to the
    Matrix. The issue is: How can we trust the judge or the law enforcement officer, or the
    lawyer, or the prosecutor, etc., if they are in the public system?]
    [The Oracle reaches into her purse to get some candy.]
    Candy?
    N: Do you already know if I am going to take it?
    0: I wouldn’t be much of a n Oracle i f I didn’t.
    N: But if you already know, how can I make the choice?
    0 : Because you didn’t come here to make the choice. You already made it. You’re here to
    try to understand why you made the choice. I thought you would have figured that out
    by now.
    [Notice how the issue is going from “what” questions to “why” questions!]
    N: Why are you here?
    0 : Same reason. I love candy! [Joke]
    N: Why help us?
    0 : We’re all here to do what we are all here to do. I’m interested in one thing Neo. The
    future. And believe me, I know the only way to get there is together.
    [There is a parable in the New Testament. It talks about a field (which is this world)
    where an enemy came one night and sowed weeds in the wheat filed. The wheat is the
    Zion people and the weeds are the people of the Matrix. The servants asked the master
    whether the servants should pull out the weeds when they started growing. The master
    told the servants to allow the weeds and the wheat to grow together because the wheat
    would be destroyed by the pulling up of the weeds. This is what Neo is being told here.
    The people of the Matrix and the people of Zion must exist side by side for a period of
    time, lest the warfare between both cause both parties annihilation.]
    N: Are there other programs like you?

    0: Well, not like me, but look – see those birds? At some point a program was written to
    govern them. A program was written to watch over the trees, the wind, sunrise, and
    sunset. There are programs running all over the place. Ones doing their job. Doing
    what they were meant to do. They are invisible. You’d never even know they were
    here. But the other ones, well. You hear about them all the time.
    N: I’ve never heard of them.
    0: Of course you have. Every time you heard someone say: “I’ve seen a ghost or an
    angel.” Every story you have ever heard about vampires, werewolves, or aliens is the
    system assimilating some program that is doing something that they are not supposed to
    be doing.
    N: Programs hacking programs. Why? [Again a “why” question.]
    0: They have their reasons, but usually a program chooses exile when it faces deletion.
    N: Why would a program be deleted?
    0: Maybe it breaks down. Maybe a better program is created to replace it. I t happens all
    the time. And when it does, a program can either choose to hide here or return to the
    source.
    N: The machine mainframe!
    0: Yes. Where the path of the One ends. You have seen it in your dreams, haven’t you?
    The door made of light. What happens when you go through the door?
    N: I see Trinity and something happens. Something bad. She starts to fall. And then I
    wake up.
    0: Do you see her die?
    N: No.
    0: You have the sight now. You are looking at the world without time.
    [Time is a commercial entity. When there is no commerce involved, time is
    irrelevant. In the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away, when Tom Hanks was on the Island,
    time was irrelevant. There were no commercial contracts or terms to implement in
    which time was a factor. Time in the Garden of Eden was also irrelevant.]
    N: Then why can’t I see what happens?
    0: We cannot see past the choices we do not understand. [Because w e have not yet
    thought it into existence.]
    N: Are you saying that I have to choose whether Trinity lives or dies?
    0: No. You have already made the choice. Now you have to understand it.
    N: No. I can’t do that. I won’t! [This is a war or a dishonor which leads to losing control
    over the situation.]
    0: You will have to.
    N: Why?
    0: Because you are the One. [You are the creditor and must face it.]
    N: What if I can’t? What happens if I fail?
    0: Then Zion will fall. Our time is up. Listen to me, Neo. You can save Zion i f you
    reach the source, but to do that you will need the Key Maker.
    N: The Key Maker?
    0: Yes. He disappeared some time ago. W e do not know what happened t o him. Now he
    is being held prisoner by a very dangerous program. One of the oldest of us. He is
    called the MEROVINGIAN. He will not let him go willingly.

    [The character called the Merovingian is an important character in history. He is the
    original sovereign line of kings of Northwest Europe from about 500 to 850 AD. This
    line of kings saved the Pope in Italy, thus becoming his master before the Pope made or
    broke other would-be kings, and the Merovingian successors today are part of those
    who believe they are the keepers of the Holy Grail, and the secret leaders of the world
    society. Do a search on this name on the Internet.]
    N: What does he want?
    0: What do all men with power want? More power. Be there at that exact time and you
    will have a chance.
    N: I must go.
    0: Seems like every time we meet, I have nothing but bad news. I’m sorry about that. I
    surely am. But for what it is worth, you have made a believer out of me. Good luck
    Kiddo.
    This conversation was incredible. It is the first of three conversations that link the fact that
    the people of Zion, or those who would free themselves from the boundaries of the physical
    matrix, are not at liberty to: 1) Make war against the Matrix and its leaders or people, or 2)
    Operate independently from the leaders and people of the Matrix. In today’s world, this is
    equivalent to saying: 1) Do not fight the world government system to destroy it. 2) Do not make war against the courts, the judges, the prosecutors, the law enforcement, and the United Nations or the Federal Reserve. That system (the Matrix) is linked to you and your survival.