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THOUGH NAOMI WATTS’ WORST PERFORMANCE THIS DECADE WAS HER RAZZIE-NOMINATED ROLE IN OLIVER HIRSCHBIEGEL’S DIANA BACK IN ‘013, SHE’S PERSONALLY TURNED OVER A NEW AUTUMN LEAF TONIGHT, BUT OBVIOUSLY ONE LESS THAN AN INCH LONG, BECAUSE HER TALENT IS THE BIGGEST THING STANDING BETWEEN SHUT-IN AND THE WORST PICTURE CHAMPIONSHIP. SHUT-IN, A PSEUDO PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER THAT HAD BEEN THROUGH 3 FAILED RELEASE DATES BETWEEN FEBRUARY AND OCTOBER, IS AS FAR REMOVED FROM SCARY AS THE HOUSE IT TAKES PLACE IN SEEMS DISTANT FROM THE GRID OF MAINSTREAM SOCIETY. IF FIRST-TIME SCREENWRITER CHRISTINA HODSON WAS A NATURAL WITH FILM SCRIPTS, NOBODY WOULD KNOW IT BY ITS O FOR 7 TOMATOMETER RATING. ON OPENING NIGHT, YOUTUBE’S HARSHEST REVIEW CAME FROM STUCKMANN, AND IF HIS ANALYSIS IS ANY INDICATION, SHUT-IN COULD’VE BEEN A SHOO-IN FOR WORST SCREENPLAY, IF IT WOULD’VE HAD MORE EXPOSURE TO FILMGOERS AND MORE RAZZIE PEDIGREE.

MOST OF THE FILM IS ABOUT A WOMAN, PLAYED BY WATTS, ATTENDING TO THE NEEDS OF HER OSTENSIBLY PARALYZED STEPSON IN A MANSION IN THE MIDDLE OF A FOREST, PRESUMABLY IN THE NORTHERN UNITED STATES OR THE SOUTHERN HALF OF CANADA. AFTER THE MANSION GETS COMPLETELY SNOWBOUND, THE ONLY SOURCE OF THE APPROPRIATE CLAUSTROPHOBIA THAT THE AUDIENCE FEELS IS THE SOUND DESIGN. SHE SEEMS MOST DISTURBED BY EVENTS SHE MISTAKES FOR GHOSTLY ACTIVITY, AND HER CONCERN FOR A MISSING YOUNGER BOY PLAYED BY JACOB TREMBLAY (LENNY ABRAHAMSON’S ROOM, TOP 40 FILMS OF ‘015) SEEN OUT IN THE BLIZZARD. IT ALSO DOES SKYPE CONVERSATIONS IN MOVIES ALL WRONG, WITH GENERIC DIALOGUE AND THE DISMISSIVE ATTITUDE OF OLIVER PLATT'S CHARACTER, OBVIOUSLY SHOEHORNED IN.

UNFORTUNATELY, THERE’S NO EASY WAY TO EMPHASIZE HOW MEANINGLESS THE LAST 1/3 HOUR MAKES THE WHOLE THING WITHOUT SPOILING THE SURPRISING PLOT TWIST, SO SKIP THE NEXT PARAGRAPH IF YOU DON’T WANT IT RUINED FOR SOME REASON…

…THE STEPSON WAS PARALYZED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE RUN-TIME, BUT IN THE END, THE OLDER BOY WAS FAKING IT. APPARENTLY, THE YOUNGER CHILD HAD BEEN LET IN OUT OF THE STORM, AND THIS MADE THE OLDER BOY JEALOUS, SO HE USED MENTAL GYMNASTICS TO PUT HIMSELF INTO PARALYSIS, JUST TO DRAW WATTS’ ATTENTION AWAY FROM TREMBLAY. IN FACT, THE FREAKISH SOUNDS MIGHT’VE BEEN THE STEPSON’S OWN WORK!

…BUT DON’T LET ME PELT SHUT-IN WITH BLIZZAGA SPELLS ALL ALONE! IF YOU CAN ARGUE FOR WHY SHUT-IN SHOULD BE APPOINTED TO THE WORST SCREENPLAY SEMIFINALS (OR ANY OTHER CATEGORY, HARDER AS THOSE MIGHT BE TO ARGUE FOR), PUT SHUT-IN ON RAZZIE LOCKDOWN BELOW!
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Here is said review: LINK

Oh, and I just looked up this screenwriter. She is also co-writing the 2017 movie Unforgettable, which will star Razzie repeat offender, Katherine Heigl (Maybe she'll finally get a win).

And that is not all! She is also going to the write the Bumblebee Transformers spin-off and possibly a Harley Quinn movie. So, yeah, expect Razzies in her future.
Worst Actor - Matt Damon (nom) (Been called uninteresting and is also accused of promoting a white savior movie. Also since his buddy Ben Affleck has been nominated multiple times, why not him?), Johnny Depp (Just imagine the cruel irony of winning for the role that original got him his first Oscar nom.), Jamie Dornan (nom) (Won for the role last time, need I say more?), Tom Hanks (nom) (He managed to avoid a nom for decades, BurnHollywoodBurn from years back even described him as "Un-Razz-able", but considering how much of a let down The Circle was and how he didn't bring much to it, maybe his time is now. Plus, he'd be interesting to nominate, and it's be weird to have Watson and not him too.), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (nom)(Not only did his movie pretty much flop, but he ends up complaining about the criticism on Twitter! Plus, he's been nominated before and Jumanji doesn't look so hot either.), and Mark Wahlberg (nom) (If this is his last "hurrah" in the Transformers movies, maybe he should get a nom as extra motivation to stay away. Marky Mark doesn't want to become a repeat offender, does he?)

Worst Actress - Katherine Heigl (SHE MUST WIN!), Scarlett Johansson (nom) (Starred in two box-office bombs, one of them with the stigma of whitewashing. Plus it'd be interesting to have her.), Dakota Johnson (nom) (Won for the role last time, need I say more?), Milla Jovovich (nom) (Considering that the last outing got her a nom, maybe she'll receive another one.), Amy Schumer (nom) (Not only has her humor been described as getting scale and one-note, but she's been labeling any criticisms of that as "evil conservatives" to try and dismiss them, and now this led up a movie that is not so well received for many reasons, not the least of which being that she did not bring the funny, and did pretty poorly at the box-office.), and Emma Watson (nom) (While starring in, at this point, the highest grossing movies of the year, she also stars in one of the biggest disappointments of the year. Could be something to pounce on.)

Worst Supporting Actor - Javier Bardem (nom) (He does not lend much to the movie he stars in, and the special effects on him make his performance look worse!), Anthony Hopkins (If he is nominated, he'll break a Razzie record. If he wins, he'll break TWO records!), Eric Johnson (nom) (Basically used to make Christian Grey look less bad by comparison!), Ben Kingsley (nom) (Not only a Razzie repeat offender, but his character in Collide keeps watching the Razzie nominated movie Perfect and keeps talking almost creepily about Razzie perennial Burt Reynolds!), Rob Lowe (nom) (Previously won a Razzie in this category, why not nominate him again if he's going to appear in films like Monster Trucks.), and John Turturro (nom) (He has made the ballots for the Transformers movies before, but always gets shut out. Maybe this will be his chance at a nom.)

Worst Supporting Actress - Kim Basinger (Basically in this movie because 9 1/2 Weeks, her first Razzie nomination.), Faye Dunaway (nom) (Razzie perennial Dunaway is attempting to make a big comeback, but starting off with The Bye Bye Man, not to mention being a part of the Best Picture flub at the Oscars, things do not look good for her.), Laura Haddock (nom) (She seems to be a good actress, but when put into a Bay movie where she has to look pretty while being a scientist, Star-Lord's mom cannot pull it off.), Marcia Gay Harden (nom) (Jane Seymour got a nomination for the parody version of the role, so why not the real thing?), Goldie Hawn (nom) (Making her big-screen comeback in Snatched... a movie which stunk and she stunk in it, a surefire way to receive a second nom in this category.), and Isabela Moner (nom) (Comes off as a preachy character, more than likely going to annoy some.)

Worst Director - Michael Bay (nom) (Going to go down in history as the most Razzie nominated director thanks to these Transformers movies. I would not be surprised if he wins.), James Foley (Previous Razzie nominee has returned after about three decades to director the sequel to the Razzie winning Fifty Shades of Grey. I'd say he has this in the bag.), Alex Kurtzman (nom) (Speaking of Transformers, one of the Razzie winning writers of the first and second one tried to start a cinematic universe, and boy howdy, did it get off to a rocky start!), Guy Ritchie (nom) (Speaking of cinematic universes, previous Razzie winner and husband of Madonna tried to start one too, and man did it turn out messy!), Chris Wedge (nom) (Going from animation to live-action and came out with a write-off... yeah...), and Zhang Yimou (nom) (Even with his stylized directing, he could not make the characters interesting, or those lizard creatures look convincing.)
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Eric Walkuski's review.
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I keep forgetting what film Unforgettable was, because of its vague title. Its release date is 4-21-017 (subject to change possibly), and seems like a combination of Home Sweet Hell and some erotic thriller or another about a vengeful ex-wife.
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Gabriel Bahamondes (2/7): "Aside from an appealing plot twist, all the dramatic weight is carried by Watts' performance but, deep down, there's nothing more than clichés and the occasional jump scare."
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