The 13 Most Embarrassingly Dumb Scenes of 2013

Even the best of movies can have mistakes, and 2013’s crop is no different. Bad movies tend to have more. From popular hits such as Iron Man 3 to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to flops like The Host, audiences have been forced to sit through some seriously dumb scenes.

Here are 13 of the most embarrassingly dumb scenes from 2013 movies:

13. John McClane acts like a whiny bitch in A Good Day to Die Hard

I love me some John McClane, but boy did I want to punch him into submission in A Good Day to Die Hard. In the fifth installment of his franchise, John McClane travels to Russia to help his son Jack, who has been arrested for an assassination attempt. Of course, that’s all part of the plan as Jack is actually a CIA agent on a mission.

But no, during a terrorist attack in Moscow, John McClane witnesses his son in action and proceeds to stop his kid from carrying out his mission. He practically stands in the middle of the road with hands on his hips demanding that Jack go into timeout, when clearly shit is hitting the fan. No one would do such a thing under such circumstances, especially John McClane, expert of being in the wrong place at the wrong time (or right place at the right time). But there he is, acting like a whiny bitch, and his actions cause the entire mission to go to hell.

12. The Mockingjay emblem burns up in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a good movie. Well directed, adequately written and exciting. So why, oh why, did director Francis Lawrence have to include that stupid emblem sequence – of the mockingjay crest evolving into some kind of patriotic phoenix or something – right before the end credits roll?

It’s such an inconsequential moment – five or ten seconds at most – that it’s hardly worth mentioning on this list, but I’ve heard multiple friends mention how stupid and annoying it is. I’ve never quite seen something like it, and I hope to never see anything like it ever again.

11. Superman takes down a drone in Man of Steel

Man of Steel is a good movie, despite what movie critics say. I have personally watched it three times already, and I loved it every time. Sure, I would have done a few things differently; showing a bit more of Superman saving people during the climactic Metropolis battle would have helped, and General Zod’s death could have been handled in another way.

But the only part of the movie that really bothered me was the post-action scene where Superman destroys a drone and scolds General Swanwick (Harry Lennix) for trying to find him, while Swanwick scolds him for destroying millions of dollars in property. The whole scene is clunky at best, what with Superman’s willingness to destroy American property (way to convince the military you’re on their side!) and the young female soldier’s remark that "he’s hot."

What a stupid and poorly written way to end a movie.

10. Brad Pitt survives a plane crash in World War Z

It’s no secret that the entire third act of World War Z was rewritten and re-filmed after the filmmakers determined what they had made was a piece of crap. Originally, the jet plane that escapes Israel lands in Moscow and things proceed from there, but in the version you saw in theaters, the plane crashes in England after the passengers are consumed by zombies (oh, and Brad Pitt unloads a grenade inside the pressurized cabin).

The sequence is quite exciting and entertaining, but ends in the most improbable of ways: everyone dies except, conveniently, Brad Pitt and his one-armed Israeli soldier pal (Daniella Kertesz). Pitt even survives after having a huge piece of metal go through his back and out his stomach.

In a movie about the walking dead taking over the world, the filmmakers still managed to jar audiences out of the experience with one of the most unrealistic, unbelievable and headshaking event in any film all year.

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By Erik Samdahl
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