There’s an old saying: Well begun is only half done. If that’s the case, then many a film ends before it really finishes. The movies below fall into that category, third acts that squandered their opening two.
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10.) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull — Mega-starships have saved many a day (see #3), but no amount of gravity rays can lift this climax above mediocre. When nothing else works, throw a bunch of special effects at it.
9.) The Mist — I won’t spoil this for you, but this is one way to put folks out of their misery. Talk about needless sadism.
8.) A.I. Artificial Intelligence — Three acts of gloom-and-doom only to have a fairy godmother rescue this mechanized Pinocchio from his existential pining.
7.) Return of the King — I hate to do this, and I definitely don’t think it ruined the trilogy, but Jackson’s multiple sappy endings was like suicide by perfume.
6.) War of the Worlds (2005) — Okay, so germs got them. I can stomach that. But when Tom Cruise arrives in Boston to find his ex-wife’s neighborhood in perfect condition after the near genocide of humanity, and his entire family there happy and healthy, I was looking for a cliff to drive off (see #2).
5.) King Kong (2005) — Kill him, already! Sheesh! The movie was long enough as it is. We didn’t need a half hour of swooning simian to stretch it out.
4.) The Village — You either bought this, or you didn’t. But the thicket of questions (like how could they have NEVER seen a plane?) strangled any suspension of disbelief.
3.) The Abyss – The textbook definition of deus ex machina.
1.) The Notebook — It’s bad enough I sat through this mush. But the couple dying in each other’s arms was the ultimate in sappy endings. Any guy who cried watching this should have their man-card revoked for life.
OK. So there’s my nominations. Any you’d add?