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Another Top 10 Movie Moments That Made Fans Rage Quit

VO: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Michael Wynands

How to turn the audience against you… part two! For this list, we’ll be looking at the most cringeworthy, frustrating, insulting or otherwise unwelcome moments in films from popular franchises. Our list includes “Terminator Genisys” (2015), “Jurassic Park III” (2001), “The Last Airbender” (2010), “Alien 3” (1992), “Judge Dredd” (1995), and more! Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the Another Top 10 Movie Moments That Made Fans Rage Quit.

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Another Top 10 Movie Moments That Made Fans Rage Quit


How to turn the audience against you… part two! Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for Another Top 10 Movie Moments That Made Fans Rage Quit.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the most cringeworthy, frustrating, insulting or otherwise unwelcome moments in films from popular franchises. If a moment made our list today, it was bad enough to drag the movie down with it in the eyes of some audience members, or maybe even cause viewers to abandon the screening altogether. Please note that there will be spoilers. We’ll be excluding animated films, which deserve their own list.

#10: CGI Tsunami Surfing
“Die Another Day” (2002)

This was the last time that Pierce Brosnan played James Bond, and it was also the final film before the franchise got its soft reboot in 2006 with “Casino Royale”. Honestly, revisiting the film, it’s not hard to understand why. 007 films have never shied away from outlandish plot points or gimmicky gadgets, but rarely have the adventures of James Bond ventured into such deeply absurd territory. The crowning jewel of this film’s excess - and the last straw for many viewers - was when Bond kite-surfed a giant tsunami, a poorly rendered CGI monstrosity of a wave set against an equally dodgy computer-generated environment.

#9: Judge Dredd Takes his Helmet Off… a LOT
“Judge Dredd” (1995)

When news of this film first broke in the ‘90s, fans of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s comic book icon had reason to be excited. Sylvester Stallone had the physique to fill out the uniform, the talent to turn in a solid performance, and, perhaps most importantly, the sort of jawline required to make that helmet work. You see … one of Judge Dredd’s trademarks is that he seldom removes his helmet, and when he does, his face remains carefully hidden - representing the faceless and soulless nature of the justice system. Stallone completely flouted this unwritten rule, however, and his mug featured prominently. For many fans, it was an unforgivable creative decision.

#8: The John Connor Reveal
“Terminator Genisys” (2015)

First of all, thanks for spoiling this major twist in the trailer. But hey, maybe it helped soften the blow of this narrative miscalculation. At the very heart of the Terminator franchise is John Connor, the boy who will grow up to serve as the leader of the resistance, humanity’s last hope against Skynet and its machine army. So on the one hand, we can understand the shock and awe effect that the filmmakers were going for by turning him into a Terminator. If properly executed, maybe it could have made for a great chapter in the franchise. Unfortunately it wasn’t, and so just felt like a cheap move to bring fans back to the franchise.

#7: The Hospital Scene
“Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem” (2007)

We love gory horror flicks as much as the next person, and we’re all for filmmakers getting creative and pushing the envelope. But with that being said, we can understand why a lot of people felt that this scene took things way too far. After entering a hospital’s maternity ward, the hybrid Predalien proceeds to turn screaming pregnant women into incubators to breed xenomorphs. The shot of the eggs being forced down one woman’s throat is particularly disturbing. Even diehard fans of both the Alien and Predator franchise voiced their disgust at this scene. The general consensus seems to be that the whole concept was unnecessarily bleak, exploitative and in bad taste.

#6: The Earthbender Prison Battle
“The Last Airbender” (2010)

It’s difficult to single out just one disappointing scene in M. Night Shyamalan’s big screen adaptation of Nickelodeon’s animated series. There was the whitewashing . . . the mispronounced names . . . and the whole tone, which went from fun and playful to dark and overwrought. But perhaps nothing summed up how much Shyamalan got it all wrong than the bending. In the cartoon, there’s a certain correspondence between the martial arts movements that benders use to manipulate the elements, and how these elements react. Now here’s some guys just sort of waving their arms around in the movie . . . This “battle” between firebenders and earthbenders - who’ve been put in a prison SURROUNDED BY EARTH - was reason enough to call it quits.

#5: Spinosaurus Kills the T. Rex
“Jurassic Park III” (2001)

In any action or adventure film franchise, there’s always a certain pressure to up the ante in a sequel by introducing an even greater, more menacing villain. The problem for Jurassic Park is that they’re working with an established roster of prehistoric creatures - the dinosaurs. And as far as the general public is concerned, Tyrannosaurus Rex is king. With the third film, the screenwriters tried to shake things up by introducing the Spinosaurus, a dinosaur that walked the earth millions of years before Tyrannosaurus Rex. Needing to establish the supremacy of this new threat to the viewers, they had it kill everyone’s favorite apex predator. We get the rationale, but many cinemagoers were unimpressed.

#4: Newt’s Death
“Alien 3” (1992)

Going into its third instalment, this franchise was batting two for two thanks to the masterful contributions of Ridley Scott and James Cameron. Unfortunately, “Alien 3” had a famously troubled production, cycling through multiple screenwriters and directors. It’s a notably darker movie than its predecessors, and that’s okay, but in killing off Newt and Hicks right out of the starting gate, the film immediately turned off huge portions of the audience. The cinematic death of a child is always tough to accept, but in this context, it was especially difficult considering everything that Ripley went through in “Aliens” to save her. The filmmaker killed a great supporting cast and undermined the ending of a superior film.

#3: Every Villain Intro
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014)

Andrew Garfield made for a worthy web-slinger, but after a respectable - if underwhelming - first film, this reboot threw it all away in the sequel. The promise of multiple villains might have enticed some viewers, but as we actually met each one, we were quickly reminded that less is more. Just because characters are based on a comic book doesn’t mean that they need to be played like caricatures. Rarely have such talented actors been given such terrible material. Paul Giamatti’s Rhino is beyond silly, Jamie Foxx’s Electro is hard to watch, and Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin feels so forced that we just wish they’d saved it for a sequel.

#2: The Opening Training Scene
“Dragonball: Evolution” (2009)

Unless you avoided the trailers, there’s no way you went into this film expecting great things. With that being said, until fans saw this opening scene for themselves, no one could have imagined just how bad it would be. If we didn’t know any better, we’d think it was - at best - a fan film or - at worst - a parody . . . and not a particularly good one. The first shot we get following the opening cinematics is a close-up on Goku’s face, dripping with poorly executed CGI sweat. It becomes immediately apparent that Goku has been painfully miscast. It only gets worse and fast. The dialogue is cringeworthy, the fighting is boring and that bug gag was groan-inducing.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few dishonorable mentions

Jean Grey Kills Cyclops
“X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006)

The CGI Suit
“Green Lantern” (2011)

Godzilla’s Reveal
“Godzilla” (1998)

The Excessively-Long Text Crawl
“Alone In the Dark” (2005)

Maisie the Clone’s Justification for Releasing the Dinosaurs
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018)

#1: Leia’s Space Flight and Luke’s Death
“Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” (2017)

When “The Force Awakens” came out, it performed well with critics and at the box office, but left some fans less than satisfied. Then “The Last Jedi” hit theaters, and the backlash became much bigger. It’s actually hard to pick just one moment that made fans rage quit. Luke throwing his lightsaber successfully undermined expectations, but many felt it was uncharacteristic, and cheapened the previous film’s cliffhanger ending. Others argued that the hyperspace ramming broke the way the franchise handled space combat. But if there were two scenes that many found unforgivable, it was Leia’s use of the Force to soar through space, and Luke’s projection battle and subsequent death.
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