8. Taken 2
Director: Olivier Megaton
Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Serbedzija
Last year, we ranked The Hangover Part II as 2011's worst movie. Though it's not as terrible as the Wolf Pack's infuriatingly lazy second go-round, Taken 2 exists in a similar terrain of smelly sequels, especially since, thanks to sheep-like audiences, it pulled in nearly $140 million domestically. And how much did Liam Neeson's exceptional early 2012 film The Grey make? A respectable but too low (when compared to Taken 2, mind you) $52 million. Once again, there's no justice in this world.
Moviegoers would much rather see Neeson phone it in, which perfectly describes Taken 2 as a whole. Whereas the first one reveled in its excessive action and rampant ass-kicking, the strangely toned down follow-up displays none of its predecessor's imaginative carnage. Neeson punches a few dudes, shoots a couple others, and gets into one decently choreographed brawl with a baddie before saving the day and eating ice cream with his boring family. Cha-ching!