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Movies that hit and missed the mark in 2015

Jenny Blackburn, staff writer

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The Good

 “Bridge of Spies”– American lawyer is enlisted to defend a Soviet spy in court during the Cold War. The lawyer becomes so involved in the case that he helps the CIA facilitate an exchange the Soviet spy for an American U2 spy pilot and a young college student. Bridge of Spies received great ratings, IMDB gave it a 7.8/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it 91 percent.

“I do think it was one of the bests because it was action packed and humorous which kept me entertained,” junior Sandra Wommack said.

“Creed”– The son of Apollo Creed gets his father’s friend the former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa to serves as his trainer. Creed received high ratings, IMDB gave it an 8.1/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it 93 percent.

“It was an intense movie that was emotion and had a great plot,” freshmen Caleb Grigg said. “It exceeded my expectations and I would consider it one of the best movies.”

“Jurassic World”– A new theme park is built at Jurassic Park which featured a new attraction, a genetically modified dinosaur which escapes and goes on a killing spree. Jurassic Park broke box office records, IMDB gave it a 7.1/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it 71 percent.

“I don’t think it was one of the bests because it didn’t live up to my expectations after all the anticipation of it being released,” junior Shaden Chavis said.

“Mad Max: Furry Road”– IMDB describes the movie as, “A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post-apocalyptic Australia in search for her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.” Mad Max: Furry Road received high rating, IMDB gave it an 8.2/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it 97 percent.

“I agree that it is one of the best movies because it is visually stunning, it has a unique plot and the cars used in the film were amazing,” junior Daniel Warren said.

 “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”– IMDB describes the movie as, “three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.” Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a great success and broke many records, IMDB gave it 8.5/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it 93 percent.

“I don’t think it was one of the bests because Disney changed it from the original Star Wars,” junior Drew Needham said.

“The Martian”– A manned mission to Mars gets cut short after a deadly storm sweeps through and every Astronaut races to the space ship, Mark Tawney is presumed dead and left behind by his crew. Mark actually survived the storm and is stranded on Mars with little supplies and has to figure out a way to survive and communicate to Earth that he is alive. The Martian received high ratings, IMDB gave it an 8.1/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it 93 percent.

“I think it was the top movie of 2015,” freshmen Natalie Buck said. “Its story line was different.”

 

The Bad

“Fantastic Four”- IMDB describes the movie as, “four young outsider’s teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.” Fantastic Four received low ratings, IMDB gave it a 4.1/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it 9 percent.

“It didn’t have a very good ending, but I wouldn’t classify is as one of the worst movies of 2015,” junior Savannah Newton said.

“Get Hard”– Is about a millionaire that is going to be jailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him for what life behind bars will be like. Get Hard received varying reviews, IMDB gave it a 6.1/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it 29 percent.

“I disagree that it is one of the worst movies of 2015,” junior Valerie Miller said. “It wasn’t what I was expecting, but it had a decent plot line.”

“Hot Pursuit”– A strict and rule book abiding cop attempts to protect a window of a drug an uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen. Hot Pursuit received a widespread of ratings, IMDB gave it 5.1/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it 7 percent.

“I don’t think it was the worst, but it wasn’t the best,” sophomore Chris Norman said. “It was entertaining even though it didn’t have the best plot.”

“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”– Paul Blart took a vacation in Vegas with his daughter, before she goes to college. But a peaceful vacation turns bad when Blart gets wind of a robbery and steps up to the duty at hand. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 received low ratings; IMDB gave it a 4.4/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it 5 percent.

  “I agree that it is one of the worst movies of 2015 because I think it wasn’t able to live up to the last one and it was trying to hard to be a comedy,” junior Anna Claire Willey said.

 “Ted 2”– Ted and his new wife Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to be allowed to be parents, Ted has to prove he’s a person in a court of law. Ted 2 received average ratings, IMDB gave it a 6.1/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it 46 percent.

“It was hilarious and kept me laughing so I don’t think it was one of the worst movies,” freshmen Jordan Harrison said.

“Vacation”– Rusty Griswold takes his family on a road trip to “Walley World” like his father used to take him on, he was attempting to make things more interesting with his wife and reconnect with his sons on a family trip. Vacation received opposing ratings from the sites, IMDB gave it a 6.2/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it 27 percent.

“I don’t agree that it was one of the worst movies because it wasn’t that bad,” senior Hannah McMichael said. “It was humorous, a cute funny.”

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