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2015 has certainly had its fair share of disappointments: Conservative re-election, the rehiring of Rebekah Brooks, the album artwork for Muse’s Drones. Still, amongst all this hardship at least the British public could turn to the silver screen for some much needed escapism.
Sadly however, even the glitz and glamour of the big screen couldn’t pull us from this rut of despair. If anything this year’s blockbusters turned out to a veritable smorgasbord of disappointment, with 2015 proving to be the year that Hollywood finally threw in the towel and said “ah fuck it, let’s make Paul Blart Mall Cop 2”.
25% of 2015 releases were nothing more than lazy rehashes of existing material
Based on figures from IMDB, out of the 199 Hollywood movies released – or set to be released – in 2015, 48 titles were either remakes of existing movies, or simply tired sequels to previous blockbuster hits. Together, this means that almost 25% of films were nothing more than lazy rehashes of existing material.
Of the top ten highest grossing films, seven were either reboots or sequels, with Jurassic World – the last (we hope) of the Jurassic Park quadrilogy – topping the charts.
Scattered throughout 2015 have been some unbearably tired sequels including Fast and Furious 7, Pitch Perfect 2, Paranormal activity 4, The Ring 3, Alvin and Chipmunks 4 and yes, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.
Amongst the year’s most painful remakes have also been Fantastic Four and the horribly miscast Poltergeist.
As for those “remakes” that relied on YouTube for source material, both Smosh The Movie and Adam Sandler’s Pixels take home the joint prize for biggest steaming dog turds of the year.
But it’s not over yet. We still have yet another Steve Jobs movie to look forward to, as well as the upcoming remake of Point Break (sadly missing the input of Gary Busey).