Car theft in Long Beach went down 47% when Randall "Memphis" Raines walked away from the life. He gets dragged back into it by assuming the job his brother Kip screwed up for stolen-car broker Raymond Calitri: steal 50 exotic cars and have them on a container ship by 8 AM Friday morning, and he got this news on a Monday. With Calitri threatening to kill him and Kip, and the police GRAB unit breathing down his neck, Memphis reassembles his old crew and attempts to pull off the logistically impossible.
I never understood why they called this films GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS. I guess it relates to the time someone can steal your car, but sometimes it takes 40 seconds and sometimes it takes 104 seconds. It doesn’t always just take 60 seconds! Or at least that’s what this film taught me.
I’ll assume that they wanted to call this film GRAND THEFT AUTO but couldn’t because the video game franchise already took that name. But couldn’t they of thought of a better title? Just my two cents.
A summer 2000 movie, GONE IN SIXTY SECOND, was considered a box office success. But 11 years later, no one really remembers this film except being on a long list of bad Nicolas Cage movies.
I really should get one of our writers to come up with a list of the worst financially successful Hollywood movies of all-time. Films that are really not that great, have a zero re-watch-ability factor, but have still done extremely well financially for the studios because of their marketing campaigns and/or because the stars/director of the film had a lot of fame and box office clout when it came out.
Of course it’s hard to come up with an objective list because a lot of people’s versions of what film is bad/good is different. I’m sure many people would put either of the TRANSFORMERS films on that list, but I’m not that sure that those movies are all that bad. Director Michael Bay made the films he set out to make as he of course likes his versions of what good films are. And many people like them too.
I’m talking about films that people hate but the studios still took their money and made a great profit from the movie. Like GONE in SIXTY SECONDS did.
I think successful movies that are bad are films that set up to make really good films, or better films that they came up with, and for some reason they just failed. But bad films like ISHTAR or BATTLEFIELD EARTH aren’t on the list because they failed commercially. And the main reason they are considered so bad is because they failed so drastically at the box office.
But what are the movies that many of us paid $10 or more to see at the cinema and we hated? And most people will agree that the film is bad.
Here is my top of my head top 5 list of the worst films of all-time that still did very well at the box office:
1. Flintstones, 1994.
Watch this film again. It’s terrible. But it grossed $358,500,000 worldwide and cost less than $45 million to make. The biggest hit of that year that no one will ever see again.
2. Scooby Do, 2002
Horrible. Just horrible. Grossed $275,700,000 worldwide on a $75 million budget. And they actually made a sequel with the same stars.
Top grossing film of 2000 (Gone in 60 Seconds is #2) at $260,044,825. The film is so bad they won’t even play it on TV during the Christmas season. And they play EVERY Christmas based film during December.
4. Batman and Robin, 1997
The film only did $130,000,000 in box office, but it still made a profit according to the studios. But this was the film that completely destroyed the undestroyable franchise before the Nolan reboot. A film that can’t be watched for longer than 20 minutes according to most people. It’s that bad
5. Gone in Sixty Seconds, 2000
These films definitely made a tidy profit for the studios, but their immediate profit probably caused a backlash for them. These are the film that piss off the movie going audience members. There’s always chatter about how the studio films suck, make terrible films and are just in it for capitalistic gain etc... And these are the prime examples of it. Because the marketing campaign was so good, people paid money to see these films. Which the exception of Gone in Sixty Seconds, all of these films have a nostalgic feel to them as people went to see them because of their childhood attachment to the characters. And that’s what makes the films even worse because they tarnished a verion of how we felt about Scooby Do, Fred Flinstone and the Grinch story.
And GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS? It’s just a bad film because it’s about absolutely nothing. And it has a long list a solid actors who are perform terribly because they have nothing to work with. And whenever you can turn an actor like Robert Duvall into anything terrible is when you know you have yourself a bad film.