Tue, 08 Jan 2013 09:30:00 GMT | By Daniel Bettridge
2012's worst Hollywood movies

5. Battleship

Battleship (© Universal Pictures)
  • Worst movies of the year (© Universal Pictures)
  • Dark Shadows (© Warner Bros.)
  • Taken 2 (© Europacorp/M6 Films/Grive Productions)
  • Paranormal Activity 4 (© Paramount Pictures)
  • The Watch (© 20th Century Fox)
  • One for the Money (© Lionsgate)
  • Battleship (© Universal Pictures)
  • John Carter (© Disney)
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Who’d have thought that a film based on a board game that involves yelling out alphanumeric codes in a bid to sink each other’s imaginary armadas would have been a flop? Of course the main problem with Battleship wasn’t that it was a bad idea in the first place - although that probably didn’t help. No, the real issue was that in spite of a flimsy premise and a script that read like it had been scribbled  by a pre-schooler, studio bosses still decided to throw millions of dollars and some spurious stunt casting at the project in a bid to make it stick at the box office. The end result was a mess. A well polished and pretty to look at mess, but a mess all the same.