Boys and girls. Your worst Director winner for 2012. The Hack who Hacked the worst this past year.
Your nominees are: Peter Berg, “Battleship”, Dan Bradley, “Red Dawn”, Rob Cohen, “Alex Cross”, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”, Mabrouk El Mechri, “The Cold Light of Day”.
Click through to see which of these awful auteurs offended the most!
Rob Cohen, “Alex Cross”
The director has so many areas of responsibility on a film… all of which I’d consider fails in “Alex Cross”. The acting on display was bush league, so Cohen failed to coach his players to success. The plot and action were ridiculous, so Cohen failed to obtain a workable script, and then failed to make a workable movie from the one he had. Finally, at several points in the film, he interjects what I like to call “Flourishes”; here, for example, the image will blur and the sound will static out… you know, in order to unsettle the audience, because we’re watching a “psycho”. He failed there too, these stylistic moments were amateur and unwelcome. Intrusive.
On basically every level, Cohen failed as a director here. He created a film that earned a whopping 12% on Rotten Tomatoes, and made my top ten worst films of the year. It features bad acting, a poor story, and is saddled with annoying flashes of artistry that it would be far better served without.
The others were awful too. Berg took an enormous budget and returned with a joke. Dan Bradley took a B-Movie property and remade it into a god awful kindergarten art project. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor took their juvenile, adrenaline junkie spirit to “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”… but I’ll give them this, at least they had an intention. Mabrouk El Mechri didn’t even seem to know what he was doing as he put together a connect the dots thriller by creating pale imitations of better films in “Cold Light of Day”.
Rob Cohen, the FMR MAJOR Award winner for Worst Director, 2012