Release Date: January 10. Premise: Kellan Lutz stars as the mythological Demigod in this origin story that follows the young prince as he decides between fleeing with Crete Princess Hebe (Gaia Weiss ) for a romantic getaway, or fulfilling his often told destiny by overthrowing a hateful king and restoring peace to his land, which has been ravaged by hardship. Why It Will Bomb: There are two Hercules movies arriving in 2014, and generally, when two movies that are so similar get released within months of each other, the first one out of the gate is the bigger (not always better) film at the box office. That held true for 2013's Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down. Both movies were about the kidnapping of the President. Though White House Down had the more popular cast, and a better-known director in Roland Emmerich, it was Olympus Has Fallen, which opened three months earlier, that reigned as king at the box office. Despite opening 6 months before Hercules: The Thracian Wars, The Legend of Hercules might be the exception to the rule. Dwayne Johnson is the clear favorite in this race, while Kellan Lutz leads a second rate cast in what looks like a glorified sword and sandals diversion that wouldn't register high enough ratings if it debuted, unchanged, on the SyFy channel. It looks cheesy and cheap, and there's a reason why it's getting released in January. This is one instance where people are more likely to hold out for the bigger, better Hercules: The Thracian Wars. As long as a confusion between the two projects doesn't get in the way. Its quite possible that some people will show up for this expecting The Rock, instead getting the spec of dust that is Kellan Lutz. Mean? Maybe. What Our Community Has to Say: Mutant says, 'This film looks gay and dumb.' While RenOdc explains, 'With Renny Harlin directing, the chances of this sucking is extremely high.'
Release Date: January 17. Premise: Playing to the days' events, and trying to capture that elusive young male demographic, Jack Ryan has been dialed back in age and is now played by a motorcycle riding Chris Pine (something he did so well in Star Trek). The story finds this covert CIA analyst uncovering a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack. Why It Will Bomb: Despite 4 previous movies that worked well without an explanation of past events, Tom Clancy's most popular screen adaptation gets the origin treatment in this latest installment of the franchise, which turns our 'thinking man' into an action hero. Something that has longtime fans balking in disgust. It wasn't a good sign when this thriller was abruptly yanked from its prime Christmas slot and rescheduled for late January, a place where films go to die. The franchise has always been geared towards older movie fans, and the young teen demographic just doesn't care about Jack Ryan. Why, then, has Hollywood made this for them? They don't want to see it on date night. It's aura is old and stuffy, and having Shakespearian director Kenneth Branagh at the helm doesn't help. He was one of fans biggest complaints when it came to his rendition of Thor. It's been 12 years since Paramount last tried to reboot this franchise with the, at the time, younger skewing Ben Affleck. It didn't quite bomb, making $118 million, the second lowest earning installment, but it wasn't well received either, hence the huge gap in time since we last saw Jack Ryan on the big screen. What Our Community Has to Say: Jacobo Cordoba says, 'Looks like an origin bullsh%%t movie. What a waste of good source material.' OhhmeohhMy chimes in with 'Seems generic. The trailer don't excite me.' Some, though, like Brizzy, can't wait for the movie, 'I'm actually so excited for this movie. Keira Knightley is in the vast public eye again.'
Release Date: January 24. Premise: A very handsome Frankenstein's Monster gets caught up in a centuries old war between two immortal clans: The Demons and The Gargoyles. Why It Will Bomb: Did you hear what I just said: A very handsome Frankenstein's Monster (played by Aaron Eckhart). Fighting gargoyles and demons. This movie looks straight up dumb, and it doesn't help that it's an exact carbon copy of the producers' own Underworld series. Fans can see right through that conceit. All they did was swap out and change the monsters around. Problem though, this looks far more cheesy, with a less than adequate CGI budget. It suffers from the same problem as Hercules: The Legend Begins. We wouldn't blink if this debuted, untouched, on the SyFy channel as one of their original movies. This is clearly a case of dogshit begin sold as entertainment. What Our Community Has to Say: Mr. K declares, 'It looks terrible. Skipping out on this one.' Monkeyiron 2.0 goes one better, screaming, 'Sexy monsters huh....F*ck this noise call me when Godzilla is out so I can jizz over a real monster movie.'
Release Date: February 21. Premise: A slave turned gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who is locked into an arranged marriage with a cruel, corrupt Roman Senator. If taking on the whole Roman army didn't seem like enough of a challenge, Kit Harington's Milo must also contend with an erupting Mount Vesuvius that threatens to crumble Pompeii around him. Why It Will Bomb: This movie is as doomed as its lovers. No one cares about Pompeii. It sounds like something your grandparents would have watched on a lazy Sunday afternoon. And it doesn't help that modern day schlockmeister Paul W.S. Anderson is at the helm. The film suffers from a B list cast, and it will surely befall the same fate as Hercules: The Legend Begins. Its also going to cause a bit of 'sword and sandal' fatigue that could very well doom Hercules: The Thracian Wars. With a few exceptions, like 300, these types of cheap-looking modern day fantasies never connect with an audience. Also, it has to contend with the franchise sequel 300: Rise of an Empire. There's no shortage of greasy shirtless guys running around in a loincloth this coming New Year. This particular installment will likely get lost in the shuffle. What Our Community Has to Say: Zak Lee Ferguson is right on the money when he says, 'It looks like a bloated CGI gimmick ridden 300 styled mess.' Though Skywise says it the best with just one simple word, 'Garbage.'
Release Date: March 21. Premise: Beatrice Potter (Shailene Woodley) is a very special girl. In a society that is split into five factions representing a different virtue, she fits into all categories. Upon this discovery, the young woman must choose a faction to live with as a member for the rest of her life. But before she can do so, she must make it through extreme physical and intense psychological tests while keeping her Divergent status a secret. If someone discovers her power, she will be killed! The first in a four part series, Beatrice uncovers a war brewing between factions, which threatens to tear apart her peaceful and seemingly perfect society, as well as her burgeoning relationship with a very sexy man who is clearly out of her league. Why It Will Bomb: What the fuck is this shit? Who gives a good goddamn about this story or its characters? Its being hyped and promoted as the next The Hunger Games, but it clearly doesn't have the same type of universal appeal. Dads want to see Katniss Everdeen. Moms want to see Peeta Mellark. Right now, they have no idea who Tris and Four are, nor do they care. It's a book for teenagers (girls mainly) and it doesn't stretch far beyond that. And, as with a number of other movies on this list, it looks cheap. Why do so many of these YA adaptations look meant for the discount bin? It hurts the teeth. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Twilight stand on one side of the fence, while an untold number of movies, like The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, City of Ember , Bridge to Terabithia, The Seeker: The Dark is Rising, Percy Jackson, The Golden Compass and many others continue to pile up on the other side with no end in sight. This will likely fall on the wrong side of things, despite producers already having the entire four-chapter saga ready to go. What Our Community Has to Say: Cupid doesn't bring much heart to his statement, 'Looks terrible.' While Bryan Yentz follows up that sentiment with, 'Stupid. As. Hell.'
Release Date: June 6. Premise: It's Groundhog Day meets Aliens in this sci-fi epic about a space solider caught in a time loop that causes him to relive his final day of battle over and over again, before dying at the hands of an unbeatable enemy, honing his skills along the way. Why It Will Bomb: This is the first movie where we have to stop you and explain: Bombing and being a bad movie are two very different things. Look at Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. It bombed big time, and it's gone on to become a timeless classic and a cult mainstay at reparatory theaters. We don't think Edge of Tomorrow is going to suck. We actually think it might be pretty cool and a lot of fun, especially under the direction of Doug Liman (despite his last sci-fi effort Jumper being a real dud). We just need look no further than Tom Cruise's last two movies, Jack Reacher and Oblivion, to guess how this one is going to fare at the box office. While not total disappointments, neither of those movies broke $100 million. And Edge of Tomorrow is coming too close on the heels of Cruise's last sci-fi 'epic'. It's too much of the same, too soon. Tom Cruise fatigue comes in ebbs and flows, and right now there is a lull. Especially after his recent comments about 'going to war'. Audiences are a little tired of him, which isn't going to help this big budget thriller. Also, people don't generally flock to sci-fi when its an unknown property, and this is as unknown and seemingly generic as it gets. The title doesn't help, either, as it does nothing to explain what we're about to see. It sounds like a romantic drama. Which it very much is not. What Our Community Has to Say: Jason Kat doesn't seem too excited, 'Seems stupid on paper as it does as a film.'
Release Date: July 25. Premise: In a galaxy far, far away, humans are at the bottom rung of the evolutionary ladder. A young destitute woman is targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe, because she's afraid this stunning beauty will throw a wrench and disrupt her reign of terror. Why It Will Bomb: Again, unknown and untested sci-fi properties often find it hard to attract an audience, unless, like the much more serious drama Gravity, it gains powerful word of mouth before opening. We don't see that happening here. The Wachowski Starship's last two efforts were gargantuan bombs, with both Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas failing to attract any kind of audience. The film has a strong cast, with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis in the leads, but with character names like Caine and Jupiter Jones, this sounds goofier than John Carter, and we all know how that turned out. Also, Cloud Atlas had one of the best casts seen in 2012. That didn't matter to paying customers. We'll have to wait and see a trailer before we even begin to pretend this might be any good, but just going in on what we know, this is destined to stink up the joint. What Our Community Has to Say: Dan is mildly interested, 'Sounds alright.' The Dude Abides doesn't agree though, 'Terrible cast, terrible writers/directors, and a beyond terrible plot.'
Release Date: August 1. Premise: A jet pilot stranded in space must unite a diverse team of aliens to form an intergalactic cop squad capable of defeating cosmic threats. Why It Will Bomb: Listen, we love James Gunn. Super and Slither are fantastic movies, and we love his writing work on Scooby Doo. But this is a huge gamble for Disney, and it might just end up being their next John Carter or The Lone Ranger. Marvel fans were a bit thrown by the goofy nature of Benicio Del Toro's scene at the end of Thor: The Dark World. It looked beyond campy, and its one of those things parents 'just don't understand'. What the hell is this? The trailer coming out of Comic-Con 2013 is awesome. And it gives us hope. We can't wait to watch Guardians of the Galaxy. But at the same time, we can't kid ourselves. This is very different from Marvel's other movies thus far. Also, we have to look at the fact that Thor and Captain America are two of their most well-known and beloved characters. The numbers for those two inaugural releases weren't huge. Some could even call them disappointing. The general public has never heard of Star-Lord or Rocket Raccoon. Guardians of the Galaxy could very well be one of the best movies to come out of 2014. But it also stands the chance of being the next Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. What Our Community Has to Say: Brizzy certainly seems on board, stating, 'I am REALLY looking forward to this movie.' Though Torvar disagrees, 'This looks like ass, they are nothing but a second rate super hero team. This is going to flop worse than Ghost Rider.'
Release Date: September 19. Premise: A group of youngsters living in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian future are trapped in a giant maze, and are forced to work together to escape. Why It Will Bomb: Like Divergent, here's another YA novel adaptation that teen girls don't even care about, that was made to fulfill some sort of quota set by the studio. Out of all the movies on this list. This one looks the dumbest. This looks like the type of movie we'd see in Idiocracy. Who cares about this mid-September release? No One. That's why it's being released in Mid-September, which has become the new January dumping ground meant for burying shitty releases. If you say you want to see this, you are lying. What Our Community Has to Say: Oh, wait. We spoke too soon. One of you is actually excited about this. Diaigma says. 'I've waited since I read the book. Must enter the "Glade".' He'll be a happy man sitting in the movie theater alone.
Release Date: October 17. Premise: This often told origin tale combines long-established vampire lore with the true tale of Prince Vlad the Impaler who, for a short stint, fronted the band Mr. Bungle. Why It Will Bomb: Anything with Dracula in the title sounds like a straight-to-DVD release at this point and people are sick of vampires (almost). This idea just seems so boring and generic. Been there, done that. Movie tickets cost a lot now days. No one wants to see this junk in the theater. So what if it has a decent cast. This is less appealing than The Maze Runner. What Our Community Has to Say: No one has said anything about this. Case in point. B.O.M.B.s away...
Release Date: November 7. Premise: Based on scientific essays, this sci-fi drama follows a group of explorers who discover a wormhole and use it to surpass human space travel, and conquer the vast distances involved in interstellar voyages. Oh, and to grow non-GMO corn. Yes. That's in the official synopsis. Why It Will Bomb: Some of you hold director Christopher Nolan in high esteem, mostly because of his Batman movies. He can do no wrong, which only means it's a matter of time before he crashes and burns. Will this be it? His big failure? A lot of people think that happened with The Dark Knight Rises. We didn't think it was such a bad sequel. And we don't think this is going to be horrible either. It sounds interesting, to say the least, and we hope it's another mindbender like Inception. But its a sci-fi movie that is unknown and untested, so it has that going for it. We also feel the secrecy surrounding the project will help do it in. This is his Seven Pounds. Will Smith went into that project with a lot of hubris, and he refused to tell people what it was leading all the way into the theater on opening night. Some people still don't know what it is. And look how that turned out. It was one of the man's greatest flops. Back in the late 80s, early 90s, people thought Robert Zemeckis was untouchable. Then he made Contact. Ouch. This could very well be Christopher Nolan's Contact. You can cry foul now, but we'll wait until opening weekend to see who's right. We love interesting and entertaining films, so in all honesty, we hope you're right! Sincerely. What Our Community Has to Say: The Dude knows what's up, 'Looking good. However I truly hope this won't be a preachy film on "Global Climate Change". That would really be sad.' Self-proclaimed space nerd Joshua Hollaway is also weary, 'I don't like the sound of this premise. Search for other dimensions so crops can grow!? Other dimensions!?? Really?? for "Crops??" Would do better saying " find a suitable planet to inhabit.'
Release Date: December 19. Premise: Based on the popular comic strip and long running stage play, this musical comedy follows the adventures of a poor orphaned girl who goes to live with a mobile phone mogul named Benjamin Stacks. Why It Will Bomb: The original 1982 Annie bombed big time. Do the producers behind this reboot remember that? Also, black audiences don't care about Annie, so why change it? That didn't work to well for The Wiz, which did the same thing to The Wizard of Oz. What Our Community Has to Say: Gandoff agrees that no one cares about seeing a new Annie, no matter who's in the cast or what color they change it to in order to make it seem cool and hip, 'This story has been remade so many times, its time to retire this film.... They should not be allowed to remake a movie more than 2 times in a 30-year time frame... And I think this would be like the 4th time...'
Release Date: May 30. Premise: This revisionist take on the classic Disney animated feature Sleeping Beauty is told from the villainous perspective of the evil queen Maleficent. It takes a look at the events that hardened her heart into a piece of cold black coal, and reveals why she was driven to curse young Princess Aurora. Why It Will Bomb: Disney's past couple live-action revisionist fairytales have been really awful, yet they've made a ton of money. It's hard to tell where this latest entry will fall. Will it be just as bad, but audiences are still willing to pay for it? Or will it be good, and audiences, having been burned in the past, aren't going to give it a try? Family entertainment is big business, and there's not much out there the whole clan can enjoy. Which will work in this film's favor, no matter how good or bad it turns out to be. But Disney has a pretty spotty track record as of late, and Jesus Christ was Alice in Wonderland hard to sit through. What a bore. This could very well be a big steaming pile of ick, and parents are certainly weary. Have they learned their lesson yet? What Our Community Has to Say: Celluloid Dreams likes what he sees, saying, 'Looks cool!!' Brizzy steps up that sentiment, 'Holy. F*cking. SH*T!!!!!!! THIS LOOKS AMAZING!!!'
Release Date: February 12. Premise: A man critically injured in the line of duty is turned into a cyborg police officer that sets out to clean up the mean, dirty streets of Detroit in this remake that aims to turn the R rated RoboCop into a PG-13 superhero not unlike Iron Man. Why It Will Bomb: Its another shitty remake that completely misses the point of the original, changing the iconic character into something modernized that audiences, and fans especially, could care less about. RoboCop isn't some precious thing. Its been turned into a TV series, an animated show, and its had a couple of really lousy sequels. Look how well those all fared. Piss poorly. Fans aren't going to see this. And neither is anybody else. Except a handful of teenage boys and those a little curious to see if it's any good or not. We don't think it will be. We hope our minds are changed, but no remake in the last two decades has been a substantial hit. 90% of them flop. This won't be an exception. What Our Community Has to Say: Pretty much everyone thinks this looks 'really good!' We actually hope it is. Our gut tells us it isn't, and that it will tank. Just look at that picture up there. What is that? Awful.
There you have it. Those are the riskiest movies in Hollywood. We'll see some, we'll hate others. And we'll be dead wrong at least once or twice. What's your take on 2014 and the potential for some of these movies to really bite the piss biscuit, hard? Do you agree to disagree?