Lydia Sheaks
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Mark Wahlberg can't always make a bad movie better

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” star Mark Wahlberg has been in some movies so bad even his charm and tough-guy persona couldn't redeem them.

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 2:06 p.m.

Full disclosure: I haven’t seen “Transformers: Age of Extinction” yet.

But several of you did, apparently, since the film — which is a third sequel for the franchise — made $100 million in its opening weekend.

I have to believe that some of its success was due to the newest main character, played by Mark Wahlberg

The man’s really coming into his own as an actor, something I noticed when my Roku created a whole category consisting of just Mark Wahlberg movies.

Even before that, I would see any movie starring Mark Wahlberg since I’m a fan of some of his best films ( “The Italian Job,” “Shooter,” “The Fighter” and ”Lone Survivor,“ among many). 

There were two instances, however, when Mark Wahlberg disappointed me.

“Pain and Gain” came out in 2013 and was directed by Transformers director Michael Bay.

Plot: Mark Walhberg plays a weird bodybuilder gym owner who comes up with a scheme to get rich by kidnapping a wealthy gym goer and using the man’s money to live the high life. 

Why it’s bad: You may get the impression, as I did, that this movie is going to be funny. It’s not. I think it was supposed to be funny, but somehow I just never laughed. 

Plus, I’m used to seeing Mark Wahlberg as a skilled, smart tough guy. In this role, he’s just kind of stupid. Every other character in the movie is also stupid. 

“2 Guns” also came out in 2013 (maybe Mark Wahlberg was going through some kind of existential crisis that year?) and was directed by Baltasar Kormákur. 

Plot: Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington are two undercover guys (Wahlberg’s working for U.S. Naval Intelligence, Washington’s DEA) who are both trying to set the other one up. Throughout the course of the movie, they find out that their respective employers aren't all on the right side of the law and have to figure out how to handle it and make it out of a bad situation alive. 

Why it’s bad: This movie is confusing, and it’s not the good kind of confusing where everything suddenly falls into place at the end. 

You sort of get the sense that whoever wrote the script had a bunch of good ideas, couldn't choose between them, and decided to throw them all together into a jumbled mess and call it an action movie. 

To be determined: Transformers

I’m not the biggest Transformers fan, even though I mildly enjoyed the previous three films. 

Still, I know I’ll eventually watch the latest installment, if only so I can classify it as a Mark Wahlberg win or a Mark Wahlberg flop. 

What have you enjoyed from Mark Wahlberg? What other movies has he been in that were terrible?

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