5 Baffling Movies That Have Fans Wondering How the Studios Even Greenlit Them

5 Baffling Movies That Have Fans Wondering How the Studios Even Greenlit Them
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Sometimes a movie makes you wonder what the creators were thinking while they were making it, with no definitive answer.

There are plenty of mediocre or even outright bad movies that fail for obvious reasons.

But sometimes a movie comes out that is so baffling that you can only ask one question: "What were the creators thinking?"

Here are five movies so mind-blowingly bad that it's beyond comprehension how they got greenlit in the first place.

Cats (2019)

With a pretty impressive budget, a star-studded cast, and a world-famous stage musical as source material, you might think that the idea itself isn't that bad.

But as soon as you take a look at the visuals, all of the above doesn't matter, because how could anyone think that these CGI atrocities would be bearable to watch?

Literally anything could have been better, from live actors to fully CGI animals, but the creators decided to go with the horrible hybrids that create the uncanny valley effect.

Movie 43 (2013)

Similar to Cats, many viewers were lured to see this movie by an impressive cast including Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Liev Schreiber, Emma Stone and many others.

The poor souls soon realized their mistake, as the movie turned out to be a painful, cringe-inducing mess, with only tiny glimpses of somewhat funny humor here and there.

The Matrix Resurrections (2021)

Although 2003's The Matrix Revolutions was controversial, it seemed to provide a definitive finale to the trilogy.

So when it was announced that a fourth movie would be released after almost two decades, fans questioned whether it should be made at all, and they were absolutely right.

To add insult to injury, Resurrections had traces of shamelessly wasted potential all over it, leaving fans to wonder what the heck the filmmakers were thinking when they threw away these great ideas in favor of mediocrity.

Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi (2017)

Speaking of dropped ideas, when Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens was released in 2015, it felt rather repetitive of the original trilogy, but it was still a decent movie.

So when the next episode threw almost all of the original ideas out the window to go in a completely different direction, a lot of fans didn't take it lightly, and rightly so.

Rubber (2010)

A movie about a killer tire. Yes, you read that right, a tire that kills people with some kind of psychic powers.

To be honest, this movie is so mind-boggling that some fans still can't figure out if it's a complete piece of trash or a hidden masterpiece.