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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...director Gavin Hood!

Jan. 6, 2014by: Jesse Giroux

Movie Jail

This is Movie Jail, a unique maximum security prison that houses some of the worst writers, directors, actors and producers from Hollywood and beyond. Their crimes? The offenses vary from convict to convict but most of these inmates have contributed negatively to the film world to some capacity and his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene. In each column a defendant is put on trial, arguments are made, and then it is up to YOU, the jury, to decide if the person is guilty or not guilty of crimes against cinema. Their lives are in your hands, dude.

The Defendant

The Case

The Prosecution: Ender's Game, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Rendition

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, when someone wins an award for their work (regardless of their profession), people expect more from them because of their success. Director Gavin Hood's Tstosi won the 2005 Oscar for Best Foreign Film, but his projects since then haven't been nearly as successful with critics or moviegoers, and one in particular is just painful to watch.

Obviously X-Men Origins: Wolverine is going to play a huge part in this case (we'll get to that train wreck in a moment), however it's not the only blemish on Mr. Hood's filmography. Rendition has a great cast with an important story to tell, but the movie ended up being overdramatic and not nearly as powerful as it should have been considering the subject matter. His most recent film Ender's Game did a little better with critics, however the prosecution feels it was an underwhelming mess, and was completely unsatisfied with movie. Mr. Hood also wrote the screenplay for Ender's Game, so don't let the defense try to fool you into thinking that the movie's failures aren't his fault because he was "only" the director.

And then there's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. What can the prosecution say about the movie that hasn't already been written? It really is a terrible film, and Mr. Hood's directing is a big reason why, although the defense is probably going to claim it's not Mr. Hood's fault. He may not have created the shitty CGI or the God awful script, but Mr. Hood was still in charge of the film, so at least some of the blame has to fall on him.

Mr. Hood hasn't directed a ton of movies, but the prosecution believes he has done enough bad to be sent to Movie Jail, and is confident that the jury will feel the same way.

The Defense: Ender's Game, Tsotsi, In Desert and Wilderness, A Reasonable Man

Ladies and gentlemen, will my client ever be able to put X-Men Origins: Wolverine behind him? You people act like Mr. Hood personally took a shit on Logan's chest. Yes, it's a bad movie, and yes, the defense doesn't believe it is all Mr. Hood's fault. Fox isn't known for being the most director friendly studio, and the defense believes the studio is the bigger reason why the movie ended up being an abomination.

The defense could spend all day trying to convince the jury that X-Men Origins: Wolverine isn't Mr. Hood's fault, but my client should be recognized for the outstanding work he has done in film. The prosecution didn't care for Ender's Game, however the defense thought it was a decent, entertaining film. Was it as good as the book? No, but it also isn't the easiest novel to adapt into a movie, and the defense feels Mr. Hood did an excellent job with the script.

Mr. Hood's earlier films are all very good as well. Tsotsi gets the most attention, but In Desert and Wilderness and A Reasonable Man are both outstanding movies. My client wrote, directed, and starred in A Reasonable Man, and it's unfortunate that more people haven't seen the film. Mr. Hood has shown he has a ton of talent, but people forget about these movies and only remember him as "the guy that ruined Wolverine." It's just not fair.

Maybe my client should avoid big studio films, but does that mean he should be sent to Movie Jail? Absolutely not.

IN CLOSING...

Does the prosecution have a case against Gavin Hood? Were X-Men Origins: Wolverine's failures due to too many cooks in the kitchen, or just one really bad head chef? Do you have any confidence in the director because of his earlier work, or is it time to write him off? Is director Gavin Hood GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR VERDICT!

*The cases for and against a defendant going to Movie Jail by the author are not necessarily his views and opinions but they are some of the beliefs that one would use to effectively make an argument for both sides. Not quite a devil's advocate but you get the point. Anyways, this is all in fun so don't take it too seriously. We have a separate jail for those people called "Troll Tower" and believe me you do NOT want to go there.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

"Sylvester Stallone for Movie Jail?! But he IS the law!" The jury had Mr. Stallone's back in last week's trial, and the actor has been found NOT GUILTY of all charges. Most of the jury disagreed with the prosecution's arguments, and said that the actor is just too awesome to be sent to Movie Jail. Mr. Stallone is a free man, and the prosecution is currently hiding from him in an undisclosed location.

PREVIOUS VERDICTS

GUILTY Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Vince Vaughn, Tim Burton, The Farrelly Brothers, Michael Bay, Jessica Alba, Ice Cube, Gerard Butler, Halle Berry, Marlon Wayans, Julia Roberts, M. Night Shyamalan , Katherine Heigl , Cuba Gooding, Jr. , Tyler Perry, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Ashton Kutcher, Happy Madison Productions, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Willis, Paul W.S. Anderson, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brett Ratner, Rob Cohen, Renee Zellweger, Shia LaBeouf

NOT GUILTY Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Nic Cage, John Travolta, Oliver Stone, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Wes Craven, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Rodriguez, Kristen Stewart, Roland Emmerich, Kevin Costner, Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Smith, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Anna Faris, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Will Smith, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Milla Jovovich, John Singleton, Jon Voight, Jack Black, Brian De Palma, Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicole Kidman, Justin Timberlake, Freddy Krueger (Halloween Special), Johnny Knoxville, Orlando Bloom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Aykroyd, Sylvester Stallone

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
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11:28PM on 01/09/2014

Not Guilty

I think his best is yet to come so lets give the man another chance.
I think his best is yet to come so lets give the man another chance.
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12:47AM on 01/07/2014
The man has only done six flims and he is in the is column?? WHY?
The man has only done six flims and he is in the is column?? WHY?
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8:12PM on 01/06/2014
I feel bad for Ender"s game - I found it rather smart for a Hollywood movie. It's a story about kids for grown-ups. Definitely woth my money.

So, give this guy another chance! Not guilty!
I feel bad for Ender"s game - I found it rather smart for a Hollywood movie. It's a story about kids for grown-ups. Definitely woth my money.

So, give this guy another chance! Not guilty!
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12:40PM on 01/13/2014
I feel bad for Ender's Game because it was way smarter as a book, it's just a testament to the strength of the source material that it still had some intelligence left in it and told a compelling story even after Hood dumbed it down so much.
I feel bad for Ender's Game because it was way smarter as a book, it's just a testament to the strength of the source material that it still had some intelligence left in it and told a compelling story even after Hood dumbed it down so much.
3:54PM on 01/06/2014

Not Guilty!!

How about Sigourney Weaver for next week?
How about Sigourney Weaver for next week?
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4:10PM on 01/06/2014
Sure, why not?
Sure, why not?
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2:15PM on 01/06/2014

Guilty

I really wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt that Wolverine was mostly the studio's fault, but he had a lot of free reign on Ender's Game and that still ended up being a huge disappointment. Rendition is one of the silliest movies about the War on Terror that I've ever seen. I finally saw Tsotsi about six months ago and it's not a bad movie by any means but far from the masterpiece I've heard some make it out to be (and although I haven't seen it In The Desert And Wilderness got crap
I really wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt that Wolverine was mostly the studio's fault, but he had a lot of free reign on Ender's Game and that still ended up being a huge disappointment. Rendition is one of the silliest movies about the War on Terror that I've ever seen. I finally saw Tsotsi about six months ago and it's not a bad movie by any means but far from the masterpiece I've heard some make it out to be (and although I haven't seen it In The Desert And Wilderness got crap reviews and has a terrible IMDB score). Anyway, the point is that all three of his Hollywood films have been duds, and these have also been his past three movies I don't think we should expect him to improve any time soon.
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1:16PM on 01/06/2014

Not guilty

I enjoyed Ender's Game quite a bit. Wasn't flawless, but definitely at least good. X-Men Origins was terrible, but I'm moving on.
I enjoyed Ender's Game quite a bit. Wasn't flawless, but definitely at least good. X-Men Origins was terrible, but I'm moving on.
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1:11PM on 01/06/2014
I really enjoyed Rendition. I thought it was brilliant film with great performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon.
I really enjoyed Rendition. I thought it was brilliant film with great performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon.
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12:42PM on 01/06/2014

In Desert and Wilderness i s polish movie...

In Desert and Wilderness is polish movie and polish cinema is crap except Smarzowski movies. Hood is not guilty despite In Desert and Wilderness is not that good.
In Desert and Wilderness is polish movie and polish cinema is crap except Smarzowski movies. Hood is not guilty despite In Desert and Wilderness is not that good.
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12:13PM on 01/06/2014

Not guilty

Way too premature to be raking him over hot coals. Arguably his biggest failure, "Wolverine" was pretty much the studio's doing
Way too premature to be raking him over hot coals. Arguably his biggest failure, "Wolverine" was pretty much the studio's doing
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11:55AM on 01/06/2014

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME YOU'D HAVE TO...

... specify who the defendant was. Even when directors are on trial, you don't write the word "director" in front of their name. That's not a bad thing, though. There's not a rule that states that this column is just for A-listers. Actually, minor celebrities tend to have bigger resums. And yet you chose a guy with only 6 movies (2 of them don't even have Rotten Tomatoes ratings).

I've only watched WOLVERINE. Say what you want about it, but its action scenes were competently filmed. Now,
... specify who the defendant was. Even when directors are on trial, you don't write the word "director" in front of their name. That's not a bad thing, though. There's not a rule that states that this column is just for A-listers. Actually, minor celebrities tend to have bigger resums. And yet you chose a guy with only 6 movies (2 of them don't even have Rotten Tomatoes ratings).

I've only watched WOLVERINE. Say what you want about it, but its action scenes were competently filmed. Now, looking at his movies, it seems like after TSOTSI's critical praise he went on to make 2 critical failures. But then he redeemed himself with ENDER'S GAME. The reviews aren't excellent, but they show that he's escalating back to the top.

Besides, he represents the American Dream. He's a foreigner who achieved success and now gets hired for Hollywood blockbusters! So... Not Guilty.

Next week: Ridley Scott or Kate Beckinsale.
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2:15PM on 01/06/2014
I wouldn't say he redeemed himself at all with Ender's Game. That's just my opinion but it wasn't any sort of critical success. It's barely "not rotten" on Rotten Tomatoes, and if you look at the breakdown on Metacritic very few critics gave it above a mediocre review whereas there were many that wrote pretty harsh ones.
I wouldn't say he redeemed himself at all with Ender's Game. That's just my opinion but it wasn't any sort of critical success. It's barely "not rotten" on Rotten Tomatoes, and if you look at the breakdown on Metacritic very few critics gave it above a mediocre review whereas there were many that wrote pretty harsh ones.
11:54AM on 01/06/2014

Not Guilty

The prosecution is very weak here. So Not Guilty.
The prosecution is very weak here. So Not Guilty.
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11:49AM on 01/06/2014
I share the same sentiments as Victor. This doesnt exactly need to be a weekly column
I share the same sentiments as Victor. This doesnt exactly need to be a weekly column
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11:35AM on 01/06/2014

Time to retire this column

The guy has directed six films. Come on!
The guy has directed six films. Come on!
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11:35AM on 01/06/2014
Not guilty. A lot of extremely talented directors get screwed over by the Hollywood system, particularly when making big franchise pictures, and I'm pretty sure that's what happened with X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I think Ender's Game was a pretty good film; that couldn't have been an easy novel to adapt at all and Hood was also responsible for writing the screenplay, the end result not fantastic but still very commendable.
Not guilty. A lot of extremely talented directors get screwed over by the Hollywood system, particularly when making big franchise pictures, and I'm pretty sure that's what happened with X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I think Ender's Game was a pretty good film; that couldn't have been an easy novel to adapt at all and Hood was also responsible for writing the screenplay, the end result not fantastic but still very commendable.
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11:35AM on 01/06/2014

Not Guilty

Simply because Ender's Game was a surprise hit for me AND if this were a real court case and the burden of proof laid with the prosecution, they did a shit job. Who cares if everything that can be said about X-Men: Origins has been said. You didn't say it in court. Therefore you have presented no real charges or evidence against Mr. Hood. Gavin Hood is innocent! The law demands he be set free (and work on the sequels to Ender's Game)
Simply because Ender's Game was a surprise hit for me AND if this were a real court case and the burden of proof laid with the prosecution, they did a shit job. Who cares if everything that can be said about X-Men: Origins has been said. You didn't say it in court. Therefore you have presented no real charges or evidence against Mr. Hood. Gavin Hood is innocent! The law demands he be set free (and work on the sequels to Ender's Game)
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11:14AM on 01/06/2014

not guilty

Putting a man on trial for one movie? Damn, that's harsh. Granted, it was a crappy movie, but there's so many other people who have longer resumes that could have gone before Mr. Hood. I notice my months-old suggestion of Angelina Jolie still hasn't made the rounds, for example.
Putting a man on trial for one movie? Damn, that's harsh. Granted, it was a crappy movie, but there's so many other people who have longer resumes that could have gone before Mr. Hood. I notice my months-old suggestion of Angelina Jolie still hasn't made the rounds, for example.
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10:57AM on 01/06/2014

Not Guilty

I actually really enjoyed X-Men: Origins Wolverine despite the huge flaws with Deadpool, Cyclops, and Charles Xavier. It's just a really entertaining film that I can watch over and over again. And in no way does it piss me off like The Last Stand does. And I thought Rendition was a really good, underrated film.

So yeah, not guilty.
I actually really enjoyed X-Men: Origins Wolverine despite the huge flaws with Deadpool, Cyclops, and Charles Xavier. It's just a really entertaining film that I can watch over and over again. And in no way does it piss me off like The Last Stand does. And I thought Rendition was a really good, underrated film.

So yeah, not guilty.
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10:32AM on 01/06/2014

Not Guilty

Ender's Game was very solid, and I think X-Men:Origins would have been a pretty good movie if the studio let him do his job. Rendition was well directed , but I wasn't a fan of the subject matter. All in all, he's not a great director , but he's definitely a solid one. And I think once he finds the right project , he may even turn into a very good director.
Ender's Game was very solid, and I think X-Men:Origins would have been a pretty good movie if the studio let him do his job. Rendition was well directed , but I wasn't a fan of the subject matter. All in all, he's not a great director , but he's definitely a solid one. And I think once he finds the right project , he may even turn into a very good director.
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10:29AM on 01/06/2014

Not Guilty

While he is at fault for some things, it was mainly then FOX head honcho Tom Rothman responsible for Origins.

Why not put him on trial next?
While he is at fault for some things, it was mainly then FOX head honcho Tom Rothman responsible for Origins.

Why not put him on trial next?
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10:15AM on 01/06/2014

Not guilty.

I'm starting to think this column needs to take a long, hard look at itself. The prosecution of late hasn't been very on point (Shia LaBeouf might be guilty, but he seemed largely to be convicted on his plagiarism, not his acting). Hood just hasn't done that much to be tried for.
I'm starting to think this column needs to take a long, hard look at itself. The prosecution of late hasn't been very on point (Shia LaBeouf might be guilty, but he seemed largely to be convicted on his plagiarism, not his acting). Hood just hasn't done that much to be tried for.
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10:08AM on 01/06/2014

Not Guilty

One bad movie shouldn't be enough to condemn a director (hell, that goes for any artist, in any medium). Ender's Game was pretty entertaining, if not spectacular, and his non-studio work has been much better. Hood is definitely Not Guilty, in my opinion.
One bad movie shouldn't be enough to condemn a director (hell, that goes for any artist, in any medium). Ender's Game was pretty entertaining, if not spectacular, and his non-studio work has been much better. Hood is definitely Not Guilty, in my opinion.
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9:39AM on 01/06/2014

Not Guilty

Body of work isn't large enough and from what I've seen, he isn't a bad director at all. He was literally crucified when doing Wolverine. He was getting script pages as they were filming and was basically Fox's bitch. Dumb to take the job, but nevertheless, doesn't deserve the blame for a crap project from the get go.
Body of work isn't large enough and from what I've seen, he isn't a bad director at all. He was literally crucified when doing Wolverine. He was getting script pages as they were filming and was basically Fox's bitch. Dumb to take the job, but nevertheless, doesn't deserve the blame for a crap project from the get go.
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9:28AM on 01/06/2014

Not Guilty

Only for lack of evidence. The prosecution will be allowed perhaps a decade's recess to build their case, and if Hood's trends have continued at that point an opposite verdict seems likely.
Only for lack of evidence. The prosecution will be allowed perhaps a decade's recess to build their case, and if Hood's trends have continued at that point an opposite verdict seems likely.
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9:13AM on 01/06/2014
Guilty
Guilty
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8:24AM on 01/06/2014

Not Guilty

The prosecution didn't do a very good job, IMO. Yes, WOLVERINE was a mess but a large part of that was due to some epic battles between Hood and the studio brass so he gets a pass for that. ENDER'S GAME got some fairly good reviews, I thought, so that one shouldn't be in the prosecution's case.
The prosecution didn't do a very good job, IMO. Yes, WOLVERINE was a mess but a large part of that was due to some epic battles between Hood and the studio brass so he gets a pass for that. ENDER'S GAME got some fairly good reviews, I thought, so that one shouldn't be in the prosecution's case.
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8:19AM on 01/06/2014

NOT GUILTY.

Far too small of a sample size of work to really dictate if he should go to jail or not, and the work listed in the case is kind of subjective. He gets a stay of execution... For now.
Far too small of a sample size of work to really dictate if he should go to jail or not, and the work listed in the case is kind of subjective. He gets a stay of execution... For now.
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7:59AM on 01/06/2014
Not guilty. I haven't seen Ender's Game yet but I actually enjoy X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Not guilty. I haven't seen Ender's Game yet but I actually enjoy X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
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7:53AM on 01/06/2014

Nah...

You know what, he did a damn good job with ENDER'S GAME so he gets a pass for me.
You know what, he did a damn good job with ENDER'S GAME so he gets a pass for me.
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