It is common for memory to be selective. We remember what we want, not what we need. And many times what the brain does is in self-defense, that’s why there are movies in which you remember the protagonist’s face well, but not what they were about… because the story was lousy.

How many movies have we seen and forgotten after 10 minutes. The brain has an amazing capacity to eliminate what we don’t like or what doesn’t work, that for something there is a limit of things that we can retain within those four walls.

It happened to us in Mathematics class at school, in the long days of Catechesis and, of course, at work, when there is a new online platform for which you have to take a four-hour course to learn to master it.

This mechanism also works with movies. When we see a very bad one, the usual thing is to forget it. That or remember it for the rest of our lives, cursing the moment we decided to see it and regretting the 7 (or more euros) that the cinema ticket cost us at the time.

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Today we are going to focus on those films that are so weak that, after a few years, we do not remember what the film was about, we only remember that that actor or actress that we like so much came out and nothing else. What is known as the effect “oh yes, Bruce Willis was in that movie, but I had no idea what he was”.

Without further ado, let’s go with the list, selected by hand among the worst movies, where we only remember the protagonist, nothing more. Something that we can never thank our brain enough for. No one loves and protects us more than him.

The book of Eli

In an apocalyptic future, 30 years after the “brightness” that wiped out almost all of civilized society, a few humans survive in an incredibly hostile and arid environment.

Rape, cannibalism and savagery reign in ruined cities where the strongest and the one who owns the water imposes his law . Wandering the highway, a lone warrior heads west with one mission: to protect a mysterious book that he carries in his backpack.

How great does the synopsis sound? Well, the truth is that it is one of the worst adventure movies that have been shot in recent decades, with a Denzel Washington who doesn’t do a bad job, but who is buried under a horrible script and worse execution.

The movie is available on Netflix, in case you dare to have a hard time watching a movie that has all its weight in a detail at the end of the film. Seeing it is your decision, don’t blame us for those two hours of footage.

The League of Extraordinary Men

In the middle of the Victorian Era, the English government lives dominated by panic because it does not know how to stop a diabolical plan, whose objective is to achieve world domination.

The only solution to dismantle the Machiavellian project is to hire the greatest adventurers: Allan Quatermain, Dr. Henry Jekyll, Captain Nemo and Dorian Gray. And while it’s based on a fantastic comic book series by Alan Moore, the film was an absolute disaster.

If you ask any kid who in the 2000s was old enough to drink a glass of milk himself, he will tell you that he remembers Sean Connery dating, not much else. This film went down in history for being the last audiovisual production starring the most beloved English gentleman of the 20th century.

As an action-adventure movie, peppered with a lot of special effects, it’s bad. As a comic adaptation it is worse. The only thing saved is being able to see Sean Connery playing his last role. He deserves to retire like this.

Battlefield: Earth

In the year 3000, cities and nations no longer exist, the Earth is a desolate wasteland, and the human race is on the brink of extinction. For a thousand years, an evil race of aliens, the Psychlo, annihilated Earth’s defenses and enslaved men.

Young Jonni Goodboy Tyler seems to be humanity’s only hope… although the hope for real humanity is that we forget once and for all about this movie , which enjoyed a great cast that didn’t measure up.

This film is the perfect example of movies in which we remember who they were, but not what they were. In Battlefield: Earth the two protagonists were John Travolta and Forest Whitaker, almost nothing. Unfortunately it was a total mess.

With a 2.5 on Filmaffinity and another 2.5 on IMDb, the movie is so bad that no streaming service has wanted to take over its rights. Right now it is impossible to watch it, unless you have the VHS or DVD at home, from when it came out in the 2000s.

Reminiscence

Nick Bannister, a private investigator delving into the dark and seductive world of the past, helps his clients recover lost memories. He lives off the coast of Miami, which is largely submerged under the sea.

One day, his life changes when Mae, a new client, appears. Although Mae only goes to her office to find a lost object, she will become a dangerous obsession. As Bannister tries to find the reason for Mae’s disappearance, he discovers a violent conspiracy.

Another movie full of first class actors of which we only remember that Hugh Jackman was on the cover, with all his good looks (goatee included). Although it is a rather intimate film, its time at the box office was a disaster, with a really bad script.

If you’ve seen it and don’t remember, it’s normal. What you may not forget is Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandiwe Newton, Cliff Curtis, Daniel Wu… we don’t know what filter their agents made.

RIPD Mortal Police Department

Although Nick is a policeman who has just been murdered, he is recruited to work with Roy, an agent who died hundreds of years ago. Both are part of the “Rest In Peace Department”, which is in charge of persecuting the demons that inhabit the world of the living and sending them to hell.

It is hard for Nick to get used to the idea of ​​his dead condition, and he does not accept being away from his wife, to whom he sends repeated signals so that she perceives his presence. At least, thanks to his postmortem job, the young agent will be able to work on the case of his own murder.

Yes, the faces on the cover are Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, two titans of acting and the big screen. That’s why we’re talking about it now, when it’s one of the worst movies shot in the past decade.

And the worst thing is that Kevin Bacon and Mary-Louise Parker also appear. The only thing that those who saw her at the time of her remember is that her main character died and then shot himself, not much else.

Sahara

The great explorer and adventurer Dirk Pitt, who works for a government agency that protects the seabed, embarks on the great adventure of his life, traveling through the most dangerous regions of West Africa in search of a treasure called “The Ship of Death”. .

When he and his assistant realize that the ship may be related to some mysterious deaths, they will have to use all their intelligence and skills to help Dr. Eva Rojas, also involved in the case. She is investigating the spread of a deadly virus.

It is logical that you do not remember what the film was about, it was terrible, with a terrifying script (and not because the film was horror, precisely). In Spain, they talked about her for a single reason: Penelope Cruz.

The Spanish actress, then a rising star in Hollywood, starred in the film alongside Matthew McConaughey and Steve Zahn . For these three, Sahara had a lot of attention and expectation. And these three were not able to avoid the fatal accident that was the release of that film.

John Carter

John Carter is a veteran captain of the Confederation army, who once mysteriously transferred to the red planet must take part in the conflict of its inhabitants upon discovering that the survival of its inhabitants is in his hands.

Together with Tras Tarkas and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris, John Carter will live an adventure full of dangers. This movie nearly ruined Disney, and was the company’s biggest flop in decades.

Starring Taylor Kitsch, one of the most promising actors of that time, the film did not convince anyone, not even the smallest members of the house. All sequels were canceled and attempted to be buried.

If you have two hours of your life left over, Disney+ itself recently uploaded it to its streaming platform, so you can find it and watch it in good image quality… of course, the movie is still just as bad.