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The UnPopular Opinion: Top 5 Underrated Movies of 2015

12.22.2015

Well Schmoes, as 2015 draws to a close we reflect on a year of ups and downs at the movies, both critically and financially. There were some surprises in regards to which highly anticipated movies lived up to their trailers and marketing as well as some dark horses that came out of nowhere to really steal the show. But, if there is one thing for certain, there are always movies that are highly overrated and underrated by critics and fans alike.

As the UnPopular Opinion Guy, I felt it was only fitting to issue my list of the movies I felt that the masses got wrong. Some of these may shock you and some may just piss you off, but these are my honest to goodness perspective of the movies of 2015. If you disagree with any of the choices, please voice your own opinion in the talkback below. After all, the only opinion that really matters is yours, I am just here to share mine.

#5 - TERMINATOR: GENISYS

After two bad sequels, expectations were naturally high for this rebootquel to James Cameron's first two films. While many lamented the PG-13 film with a Marvel-esque approach, TERMINATOR: GENISYS is a fun rollercoaster ride that benefits from Arnold Schwarzenegger's iconic presence. Sure, the time travel element becomes a bit convoluted, but it offers a fresh start much in the way that J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK did for that storied franchise. Despite a spoiler-filled ad campaign, TERMINATOR: GENISYS is still a fun blockbuster with exciting set-pieces and witty one-liners. (My full UnPopular Opinion on this film can be read here)

#4 - TOMORROWLAND

Disney has not had much luck in recent years with their attempts at new franchises like THE LONE RANGER and JOHN CARTER. Regardless, with Damon Lindelof's unique script and Pixar icon and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL director Brad Bird behind the camera, TOMORROWLAND seemed like a surefire hit. Still, the high concept film based in Disney lore may have been difficult for some critics to fully embrace, TOMORROWLAND is an adventure appropriate for the whole family. The special effects are excellent and there is vast potential to make this into a series worth watching that just so happens to have a positive message about humanity and our planet. (My full UnPopular Opinion on this film can be read here)

#3 - EVEREST

EVEREST came and went in domestic theaters will little fanfare. Just a week after expanding to wide release, Ridley Scott's THE MARTIAN stole all of the thunder from every other film. But, EVEREST was a stunning cinematic achievement that not only used 3D to great effect but also told a heart-wrenching story in which very few survive. This is a very tough movie to watch but ranks alongside the very best disaster films ever made. Director Baltasar Kormakur does a fantastic job of making the tallest peak on Earth tangible while the diverse cast led by Jason Clarke deliver on making this human drama and epic filmmaking all at once.

#2 - JUPITER ASCENDING

The Wachowskis once again bombed at the box office with their attempt to emulate the space opera of STAR WARS but the finished film is a lot more fun than you think. Jumping into a sprawling galactic adventure that blends JOHN CARTER, STAR WARS, and DUNE, JUPITER ASCENDING is far from a great film but it is a great movie. Channing Tatum is advertised as being a much bigger character than he ends up being with this truly Mila Kunis' movie and she makes quite the worthwhile heroine. I definitely think this movie makes the case for the Wachowskis to direct a STAR WARS or Marvel film. (My full UnPopular Opinion on this film can be read here)

#1 - PAN

Acclaimed director Joe Wright had his first major failure with the mainstream studio epic PAN. Designed as a blend of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and HARRY POTTER, PAN offers a new origin for Peter Pan that takes us to the days before Captain Hook. The movie is brimming with energy and a vibrant visual palette that makes it stunning to behold. This is a fun movie that deserved to be followed up by multiple sequels that embrace the same anachronistic musical numbers, breathtaking action sequences, and vast multicultural update to the classic J.M. Barrie story. PAN could have done a lot better if given a better marketing campaign and a little more freedom for Wright to really let his film fly.

Source: JoBlo.com

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7:18AM on 12/24/2015

Gensys a good movie? seriously?

Genesys is the worst mvie ever made after an old-time, venerated franchise. I hope producers and everyone who was guilty of doing it, will rot in development hell for ever and ever.
I disagree with most of the other opinons too...
TERMINATOR SALVATION is a very good underrated movie!!!!
Genesys is the worst mvie ever made after an old-time, venerated franchise. I hope producers and everyone who was guilty of doing it, will rot in development hell for ever and ever.
I disagree with most of the other opinons too...
TERMINATOR SALVATION is a very good underrated movie!!!!
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8:22PM on 12/24/2015
And with that last sentence you ruined all of your credibility...
And with that last sentence you ruined all of your credibility...
4:34AM on 12/24/2015
I only saw one of these movies this year and it was the worst thing I paid to see in theater in a very long time. Jupiter Ascending was terrible. I would have Chappie on my list of underrated films.
I only saw one of these movies this year and it was the worst thing I paid to see in theater in a very long time. Jupiter Ascending was terrible. I would have Chappie on my list of underrated films.
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11:37PM on 12/23/2015

No...just no

Jupiter Ascending, Pan, Terminator GeniSHIT were fucking terrible pieces of shit! Tomorrowland was a boring, joyless, preachy confusing piece of crap.
Jupiter Ascending, Pan, Terminator GeniSHIT were fucking terrible pieces of shit! Tomorrowland was a boring, joyless, preachy confusing piece of crap.
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5:17PM on 12/23/2015

Hmm

I couldnt watch more than 15 minutes of Jupiter.
Genysis was decent. wasn't good, nor great but was decent for what it was.
LOVED Tomorrowland, but that may only be because of them adding a drop in It's a Small World. and I love Disneyland.
Didnt get to watch Everest, but I am still not sure whether I want to or not. I'm 50/50 on that movie.
Pan... oh Pan. I loved the 2003 movie with Jason Isaacs and Jeremy Sumpter. This one was just eh to me just like Alice in Wonderland was.
I couldnt watch more than 15 minutes of Jupiter.
Genysis was decent. wasn't good, nor great but was decent for what it was.
LOVED Tomorrowland, but that may only be because of them adding a drop in It's a Small World. and I love Disneyland.
Didnt get to watch Everest, but I am still not sure whether I want to or not. I'm 50/50 on that movie.
Pan... oh Pan. I loved the 2003 movie with Jason Isaacs and Jeremy Sumpter. This one was just eh to me just like Alice in Wonderland was.
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3:56PM on 12/23/2015
Everest: 6.5/10
Terminator: 3/10
Tomorrowland: 5.5/10
Pan & Jupiter: Looks terrible and haven't seen them.

...But, Even though I would consider Everest a good film, I wouldn't call it underrated.
Everest: 6.5/10
Terminator: 3/10
Tomorrowland: 5.5/10
Pan & Jupiter: Looks terrible and haven't seen them.

...But, Even though I would consider Everest a good film, I wouldn't call it underrated.
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3:16PM on 12/23/2015

No.

Terminator: Genishyts and Jupiter Ass-ending both fucking sucked.
Terminator: Genishyts and Jupiter Ass-ending both fucking sucked.
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2:43PM on 12/23/2015

Jupiter Ascending?

That film is not underrated, its pure crap!
Agree about Pan though, that one didn't deserve to tank so badly.
That film is not underrated, its pure crap!
Agree about Pan though, that one didn't deserve to tank so badly.
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12:54PM on 12/23/2015
Wait what, these movies (with the exception of everest) were all terrible, I'm assuming article is tongue in cheek?
Wait what, these movies (with the exception of everest) were all terrible, I'm assuming article is tongue in cheek?
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12:26PM on 12/23/2015
Jupiter Ascending? Really? Also, how is Everest underrated? Its sitting at a 7.3 on both IMDB and RT
Jupiter Ascending? Really? Also, how is Everest underrated? Its sitting at a 7.3 on both IMDB and RT
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11:53AM on 12/23/2015

Lol no

Terminator was AWFUL in every sense of the word. No matter how much anyone tries to convince themselves it was good, it wasn't. How much money did they throw at James Cameron for his endorsement I wonder?
Terminator was AWFUL in every sense of the word. No matter how much anyone tries to convince themselves it was good, it wasn't. How much money did they throw at James Cameron for his endorsement I wonder?
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9:38AM on 12/23/2015

Terrible Article, Someone needs something to do.........

Never saw Everest but the rest of these movies should have never been made. Terminator franchise is just like the Die Hard franchise.....dead.
Never saw Everest but the rest of these movies should have never been made. Terminator franchise is just like the Die Hard franchise.....dead.
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9:04AM on 12/23/2015
-TOMORROWLAND: 8/10
-EVEREST: 6/10
-TERMINATOR 5; JUPITER ASCENDING: 3/10
-PAN: 1/10
-TOMORROWLAND: 8/10
-EVEREST: 6/10
-TERMINATOR 5; JUPITER ASCENDING: 3/10
-PAN: 1/10
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7:41AM on 12/23/2015
Terminator Genisys, you kidding me? The first 15 minutes was the only redeeming part of it. My anus literally cringed when the theme song from COPS played with their mug shots.
Pan was such a blah film that didn't serve much purpose either. Definitely not from Spielbergs magic.
Terminator Genisys, you kidding me? The first 15 minutes was the only redeeming part of it. My anus literally cringed when the theme song from COPS played with their mug shots.
Pan was such a blah film that didn't serve much purpose either. Definitely not from Spielbergs magic.
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6:41AM on 12/23/2015
Jupiter Ascending is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. It might be worse than lady in the water. Although I do agree with you about Tommorrowland.
Jupiter Ascending is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. It might be worse than lady in the water. Although I do agree with you about Tommorrowland.
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6:39AM on 12/23/2015

Saw 3 out of the 5 of them.

Tomorrowland was a great family adventure. I really dug it. The little actress who played the robot Athena stole the movie from everyone. She was just fantastic in it. It was a little messy but I enjoyed it.

Jupiter Ascending was just stupid but sort of fun in a trashy way

I understand why everyone hated on "Pan". It isn't a good movie at all. Jackman chews the scenery, the story is ridiculous, the references to where it is going was abundant to the point of annoyance, and it just
Tomorrowland was a great family adventure. I really dug it. The little actress who played the robot Athena stole the movie from everyone. She was just fantastic in it. It was a little messy but I enjoyed it.

Jupiter Ascending was just stupid but sort of fun in a trashy way

I understand why everyone hated on "Pan". It isn't a good movie at all. Jackman chews the scenery, the story is ridiculous, the references to where it is going was abundant to the point of annoyance, and it just didn't work. That said, I didn't HATE it but would call it a beautiful disaster. Mara's casting was the least of the problems with that one.
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4:49AM on 12/23/2015

Ehhh

Terminator Genesis was total crap, an utter failure and spit on the corpse of the Terminator franchise.

I thought Man from UNCLE was very underrated.
Terminator Genesis was total crap, an utter failure and spit on the corpse of the Terminator franchise.

I thought Man from UNCLE was very underrated.
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3:34AM on 12/23/2015
I gotta say I agree with terminator. I'd say it's the 3rd best. That's not much praise, and it's not good but I was entertained, certainly didn't think it was awful, but also had terrible expectations
I gotta say I agree with terminator. I'd say it's the 3rd best. That's not much praise, and it's not good but I was entertained, certainly didn't think it was awful, but also had terrible expectations
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2:13AM on 12/23/2015
You must be really kidding.These are some of the most disappointing films i've seen this year except Pan.The Walk 3D,The Man From UNCLE would top my list of most underrated films of this year
You must be really kidding.These are some of the most disappointing films i've seen this year except Pan.The Walk 3D,The Man From UNCLE would top my list of most underrated films of this year
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1:43AM on 12/23/2015

Nope.

If you genuinely liked Jupiter Ascending your argument is invalid.
If you genuinely liked Jupiter Ascending your argument is invalid.
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1:42AM on 12/23/2015
"JUPITER ASCENDING is far from a great film but it is a great movie"

I'm sorry but I have no idea what you mean here.

People like to trash on movies but I imagine I will watch these when they come on HBO.
"JUPITER ASCENDING is far from a great film but it is a great movie"

I'm sorry but I have no idea what you mean here.

People like to trash on movies but I imagine I will watch these when they come on HBO.
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1:49AM on 12/23/2015
i think hes making the comparisson of a

film= Schindlers List

and a

movie=Transformers
i think hes making the comparisson of a

film= Schindlers List

and a

movie=Transformers
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1:14AM on 12/23/2015

Just because it's a crap film....

Doesn't mean it's underrated. Jupiter Ascending was laugh out loud terrible. Tomorrowland sucked (and it had nothing to do with a "high concept"). I didn't see the other three, but the only one that looked remotely interesting was Everest. Playing Devil's Advocate doesn't equate to a good column.
Doesn't mean it's underrated. Jupiter Ascending was laugh out loud terrible. Tomorrowland sucked (and it had nothing to do with a "high concept"). I didn't see the other three, but the only one that looked remotely interesting was Everest. Playing Devil's Advocate doesn't equate to a good column.
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3:32AM on 12/23/2015
Then how Do u define high concept?
Then how Do u define high concept?
12:26AM on 12/23/2015
The only one I agree with on this list is Everest. Incredible film and theater experience then went vastly ignored.

In my opinion, the three most underrated films of the year are Everest, Southpaw, and Steve Jobs.
The only one I agree with on this list is Everest. Incredible film and theater experience then went vastly ignored.

In my opinion, the three most underrated films of the year are Everest, Southpaw, and Steve Jobs.
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1:15AM on 12/23/2015
I'm really looking forward to catching Everest and Jobs on DVD, and Southpaw was a really good film.
I'm really looking forward to catching Everest and Jobs on DVD, and Southpaw was a really good film.
3:31AM on 12/23/2015
Are south paw and jobs underrated? I know they weren't financially successful, but both got good to great reviews. Also, I think people were crazy if they thought jobs would be a smash hit. Not a knock on its quality, just not mainstream
Are south paw and jobs underrated? I know they weren't financially successful, but both got good to great reviews. Also, I think people were crazy if they thought jobs would be a smash hit. Not a knock on its quality, just not mainstream
12:06AM on 12/23/2015
5. Terminator Genisys: Sorry but no, this movie isn't underrated and you're talking to a guy who LOVES and Idolizes Arnold and Terminator 2 and thinks T3 and T4 are decent movies. This movie becomes so convoluted that nothing makes sense. In Star Trek, it makes sense because they explain that the prime time line still exists and that the Star Trek 2009 timeline exists due to events from Prime leaking over into pre jim kirk era. This is just a shitty mess. Arnold is awesome and if this was a
5. Terminator Genisys: Sorry but no, this movie isn't underrated and you're talking to a guy who LOVES and Idolizes Arnold and Terminator 2 and thinks T3 and T4 are decent movies. This movie becomes so convoluted that nothing makes sense. In Star Trek, it makes sense because they explain that the prime time line still exists and that the Star Trek 2009 timeline exists due to events from Prime leaking over into pre jim kirk era. This is just a shitty mess. Arnold is awesome and if this was a standalone and T1-4 never existed. IT would be an ok movie

4.Tomorrowland: a decent if not passable movie that is absolutely ruined by it's main character..(Casey?) who is so annoying, id rather spend the next 2 hours of a movie watching Jar Jar Binks.

3.Everest: Absolutely agree

2. Jupiter Ascending: your quote of "I definitely think this movie makes the case for the Wachowskis to direct a STAR WARS or Marvel film." ABSOLUTELY F'ING NOT!!! the problem now with the wachowskis (and this is a problem that has been in Matrix Reloaded/Revoluations Speed Racer and now THIS) is that they don't know when too much is TOO MUCH.

1. Pan: haven't seen it but believe it's probably a good movie that had insincere marketing in regards to what kind of movie it was. (i.e singing Nirvanas Teen spirit etc)


You want Underrated movies?

Everest, Jobs, The Walk,Chappie, Water Diviner,Southpaw,Black Mass, etc. movies that are good (if not sometimes divisive) but deserve better critically or financially than they got.
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1:16AM on 12/23/2015
Chappie sucked too, but your point is good.
Chappie sucked too, but your point is good.
1:48AM on 12/23/2015
Thanks man, I Can see where you and others think it sucks and I See the point of view where some others think its great. I fall in the middle. Serviceable and enjoyable.
Thanks man, I Can see where you and others think it sucks and I See the point of view where some others think its great. I fall in the middle. Serviceable and enjoyable.
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12:00AM on 12/23/2015

Here here!

Terminator was one of the better films this year, vastly underrated fun popcorn flick.
Terminator was one of the better films this year, vastly underrated fun popcorn flick.
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