17. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)
The ending to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is actually two finishes in one. The first sees Harry try to sacrifice himself to save humanity, and the second depicts the characters 19 years after that final battle with Voldemort. But director David Yates should have decided to leave that flash-forward in the editing suite, as the stars’ unconvincing aging make-up is downright awful and only serves to take viewers out of the movie’s dramatic climax. It’s a shame that we can’t wave a magic wand and make the cringe-worthy finale to the 2011 film disappear.
16. Prometheus (2012)
When it was announced that there was going to be a prequel to the peerless Alien, sci-fi fans were cautiously optimistic. Sadly, the Ridley Scott-directed movie didn’t fare so well in the end. The cyborg David – played by Michael Fassbender – is interesting, but that’s about it. And what really makes the 2012 release a disappointment is the meme-worthy climax that witnesses the archaeologists run in line with a spaceship that’s about to crush them. Smart… Oh, and also the cheap inclusion of a xenomorph-like creature, which only serves to sadly remind everyone how much better the original Alien series is.
15. Savages (2012)
Plenty of us were probably told at school never to end stories with “and it was all a dream,” so it’s a shame that a legendary director like Oliver Stone was seemingly never taught that lesson. His 2012 thriller Savages is a candid insight into the inner workings of a Mexican drug cartel, complete with a suitably blood-soaked denouement. So far, so relatively believable – until it’s revealed that that climactic shootout was just imagined by Ophelia “O” Sage. Boo!