Every year, the Hollywood hype machine builds excitement and expectation for upcoming movies through multi-million dollar marketing campaigns. Movie trailers make so many promises, it’s no wonder that the finished product doesn’t always live up to the hype. What’s interesting about movies that fail to live up to their promise is that they can run the gamut in terms of quality. Some of the most disappointing movies of 2014 were good films in their own right; they just didn’t live up to their potential. Other films, meanwhile, turned out to be just plain bad, to the point where it’s a wonder how anyone thought the finished product might be good to begin with. Whatever their level of quality, the following 10 movies are 2014’s biggest disappointments.
10. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
This movie came out so early in the year that it’s easy to forget about it. Unfortunately, “forgettable” is a term that applies very well to Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which is a shame because it has all the ingredients of a really good spy film. Essentially a reboot for the famous Tom Clancy-created character Jack Ryan, who has been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck, Shadow Recruit explores the early days of the CIA analyst, played here by Star Trek star Chris Pine. Pine is fine (sorry) in the role and he’s ably supported by Kevin Costner in a mentor role and an always welcome Keira Knightley as his love interest. Unfortunately, despite a solid cast and a 9/11-inspired reboot for the character, Shadow Recruit just doesn’t do enough to differentiate itself from other, better films in the spy genre, such as the Bourne movies.