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10 Great Performances in Not-So-Great Movies

By Raphael Costa

Film discussions on the internet have become a fight of extremes: if you were to believe some reviewers and commentators, every movie that comes out is either an absolute masterpiece or unredeemable trash. The truth, however, is a little more complex.

The fact is that almost every movie has both good and bad elements to it. It may be poorly written but have amazing cinematography, the score might be magnificent even if the characters aren’t great, and so on.

One of the most commonly looked at aspects of any movie is the performances, and that can make or break a movie for a lot of people. If the acting is good, the movie is good. If not, then it doesn’t work.

However, it is possible for a movie to be bad and have great performances, as this list will show.

10. Michael Fassbender – Prometheus


Though it has its share of admirers, Ridley Scott’s return to the universe of “Alien” has mostly been met with diminishing returns, both with the critical response and the box office numbers, and it all started with 2013’s “Prometheus.”

The movie is frankly a mess: most of the characters behave illogically, there are several loose plot points that never connect, and the philosophical undertones are never really developed. But in midst of the chaos, an absolute standout element was Michael Fassbender’s performance as the ambiguous android David.

Fassbender manages to infuse thoughtful nuance in what could have otherwise been a common villain, making David a complex character you can never really figure out, no matter how much you want to. It’s an intriguing and captivating performance, and it’s no wonder he is the only cast member to return (in dual roles) for this year’s sequel “Alien: Covenant.”

9. Tom Cruise – Rock of Ages

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From:: Taste Of Cinema