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There are few things more annoying than seeing a movie that could have been so much better than it actually turned out to be. This gets especially more frustrating when a movie has a really good concept and just can't make the landing.

Like, what's up with The Purge series? Why didn't people involved with these projects realize that there is a lot of potential for exploring the horrors behind the film's sociopolitical implications? Why was that first film just another boring home invasion thriller? Talk about a missed opportunity.

People vented after Redditor NAJ2002 asked the online community,

"What movie had a great concept but was executed poorly?"

"I feel like..."

"I feel like you can put all the M. Night movies on a dartboard. Throw a dart blindfolded and it's a 60% chance that movies would be a good answer to your question."


M. Night never seems to know what he's doing. I am convinced his biggest success was a fluke. It's not that he doesn't make intriguing films; it's that they're so poorly realized.

"Splice seemed promising..."

"Splice seemed promising and was interesting for the first 30 minutes or so, until it all went so horribly wrong."


Something about Adrien Brody's character having sex with the monster might have made put viewers off.

"I've always wondered..."

"Star Wars Episode 2 - I saw it in IMAX and a regular theater... The IMAX version was about 20 minutes shorter, eliminated most of the weird, awkward romance scenes, and was just a better movie. I've always wondered why it isn't talked about more and/or available to watch via official or unofficial channels."


"Loved the overall concept..."

"The Purge. Loved the overall concept of one night where everything is legal, and was excited to see all the ways they could explore the idea where murder, robbery, torture, etc. could be performed with no fear of punishment, then the aftermath of such a night. But then it just turned into a home invasion movie that presented no extra insight or intrigue from being framed around the purge concept. Nothing about the movie we were given needed that concept in order to tell the story - they could've started and ended it without ever referencing "for one night, all crime is legal" and it would have made zero difference.

Like, show us what the rest of the city is going through. Show us how others are surviving if they were caught unaware or ambushed. Show us how others strategized to maximize the amount of carnage they could carry out in one night: do they band together with others, but then worry about being double-crossed? Do they target anyone and everyone in sight, or make plots to take down those they've had a grudge against for the past year? How do they all go back to normal life the next day?"


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The Purge and its sequels are one of the biggest missed opportunities in horror cinema. They just seem like propaganda for the military industrial complex.

"Many of the jokes do not land..."

"I am a massive Douglas Adams fan, have been since the '70s. The Hitchhikers movie went through so many issues in the making over the course of 20 years. Douglas himself described the process as: "The Hollywood process is like trying to grill a steak by having a succession of people coming into the room and breathing on it."

The movie wasn't *terrible* but it often lacked the HHGTTG spirit. Many of the jokes do not land as they aught, and generally added too many side quests which prevented the story from containing many of the elements it should. And, I'm sorry, but Zoey cast as Trillian was not well thought out."


"They had 80 years..."

"I'll say Wonder Woman

They had 80 years of comic source material, multiple reboots and origin stories, and the plot they picked was "Captain America."


We won't talk about the abomination that was Wonder Woman 1984. Everyone was wasted.

"I've said it before..."

"I've said it before, but Star Trek V had a great concept, I can only imagine how a similar movie of a hijacked star ship searching for literal God could've been handled by Christopher Nolan as opposed to William Shatner."


"In the book..."

"Relic. In the book you never saw the beast. Even at the climax, you get descriptions from muzzle flashes. In the movie, they showed it to you in the first 5 minutes."


"The actual movie..."

"Gamer. The social and ethical implications of real people acting as avatars in video games are fascinating. The actual movie was very lackluster. Or maybe I'm just a giant nerd…"


Why not both? That movie came and went––and honestly could have been so much better than what we actually got.

"It shouldn't have been..."

"The Hobbit Trilogy. It shouldn't have been a trilogy (they tried too hard to make it LoTR 2.0) and the CGI was a bit too excessive and the whole thing just didn't have the same level of quality as the Lord of the Rings movies."


For every great movie that's out there, there are a bunch of really terrible ones and others that appear to miss the mark entirely. Hollywood, why is it so hard for you to get your act together?

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