German filmmaker Uwe Boll has had his fair share of detractors over the years. In fact, he was named as one of the worst of all time, and even Variety reference that he was known as one of the most hated men in Hollywood.
The now 56-year-old certainly raised eyebrows with his movies, with features attracting some less than favourable reviews. Boll has the unfortunate accolade of having won quite a few Golden Raspberry Awards, which are given to those who have made some of the worst films of the year. Many of Boll’s movies are based on video game titles, and Alone in the Dark and BloodRayne were just two up for the less than impressive fruity accolade at the awards, but ‘In The Name of the King’ did win the award for worst director.
After years of criticism, he retired from the industry in October 2016. However, he’s back after a hiatus and is directing a new Rampage movie, entitled The New Blood. It will be the fourth title the German has made in the series of the same name, and whilst many may already assume it’s going to be a flop, it’s not necessarily a given. Despite many of his movies attracting bad attention, there are some worth a watch, and we’ve compiled a list of Boll’s five films that aren’t the ‘worst in the world’.
House of the Dead (2003)
Boll’s take on the popular game comes as a prequel to what was seen in the 1996 arcade shooter made by Sega, as two college students head to a rave on an island off the coast of Seattle. Once there they find zombies infesting it, and they need to fight the undead to escape. Whilst it isn’t The Greatest Horror Film Ever Made and didn’t get acclaim from critics, it was something which fans of the game and movie-goers did go to see, as it made a profit at the box office, grossing over $13million.
This comedic effort from Boll is another which even critics considered as a positive. It’s crazy, that’s the best way of putting it, and that’s being mildly descriptive. It covers everything from terrorism to mass murder, right down to the abuse of cats. It’s certainly not one for the kids, and it’s a movie that Ruthless Reviews calls ‘flat-out hilarious’. You just have to see it to believe it!
Far Cry (2008)
This title is based on the ever-popular video game franchise of the same name. The plot follows Jack Carver, a former Special Forces operative who takes a journalist to a remote Island to visit her Uncle working at a military base there. As they arrive, she’s captured, and it’s down to Jack to unearth what is actually going on, on the Island.
Assault on Wall Street (2013)
Dominic Purcell, who is best known for his portrayal of Lincoln Burrows in Prison Break, is the star of Assault on Wall Street. Much like Boll’s previous movies, it’s action-packed. Purcell plays the part of Jim, a security guard who loses his family fortune die to investment bankers draining his life savings, and well, let’s say, he takes things into his own hands to get revenge. Sorry if someone sees that as a spoiler!
This brutal action film is arguably Boll’s best movie out of all his features so far; it tells the story of Bill Williamson, who falls on his luck and loses his head, going on a killing spree of epic proportions. Rampage stars Brendan Fletcher and is described by Foxy Bingo as being far from light-hearted. However, despite it being a little dark in places and definitely isn’t one for the squeamish, it gave movie buffs a sign of what Boll is capable of. The bingo hall sequence is memorable; it’s hilarious while suspenseful. Rampage got people talking and was a step in the right direction for the director.