8 terrible performances that almost ruined scenes from recent movies

Few things can sink a movie scene faster than an actor’s sloppy performance. Even in footage with bad direction, bad lighting, or unconvincing CGI, drama can be saved if audiences believe the characters they are watching. But without this investment, anything can fall apart.

Although there have been many good films with poor performances throughout the history of cinema, there is nothing worse than when a generally good actor, who could even have been solid for the previous duration of d ‘a movie, completely misses the mark during the scene where they really need to nail it.

Sadly, however good the rest of the movie is, these are often the moments that fans step out of theaters and talk about for years to come. After all, there’s a good chance the only thing you remember from The Dark Knight Rises is the pitiful display of Marion Cotillard as her character took her last breath, right?

The following cases follow the same logic: large scenes that are almost completely derailed by an actor who is just not quite in on it.

A few weeks after seeing it, I’m still not sure exactly which parts of Malignant were meant to be deliberately bad and a little bad, and which parts were the result of regular old bad filming.

See, part of that is because James Wan’s latest is a big, silly B-Movie, full of crazy, bloody sets and a whole bunch of references to equally weird Giallo movies from decades past.

Principal Annabelle Wallis for the most part does an admirable job of trying to thread the needle in that precarious tone and manages to nail most of the emotional beats. Where she falls is the climactic sequences where – vague incoming spoilers – she conquers the evil that caused so much trouble for the rest of the film.

This showdown is meant to be epic, but Wallis sort of seems a little annoyed rather than bubbling, and that undermines some of the horror the ending might have otherwise.

With the entire cast often going from overdone to flat in a second, it’s unclear who is responsible for the odd actor choices across the board: director, cast, screenplay, or all three?

Andrea G. Henderson