The 10 Most Pirated Movies
The super-heroes—some old, some new, some young, some Paul Rudd—are back, along with the usual cross-section of spies, smugglers, vampires, and sharks.
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TorrentFreak's most pirated movies list is an excellent gauge of popular movies, as well as the Hollywood zeitgeist.
Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp returns to the No. 1 slot, now that there's a Blu-ray from which pirates can scrape a high-quality version. This is perhaps the last time we'll see the tiniest Avenger until next year, when the fourth Avengers film comes out. Joining it anew on the list: The Darkest Minds.
Which flicks get the heave-ho? Hotel Artemis couldn't make a go of it past one week nor could Hold the Dark. The latter is already on Netflix, cheapskates.
If you've seen any movies in the top 10 (we won't ask how), we'd love to hear what you think.
Come for Tom Cruise hurting himself. Stay for Henry "I may not be Superman anymore" Cavill cocking his arms for battle in a bathroom.Movie Bob thought
this one was "pretty good," with action scenes that are the best in the history of the franchise.
9 The Meg
This is the inevitable conclusion to the never-ending run of shark movies lovingly begun in the 1970s by Spielberg. You'd think they would have been ruined enough by Sharknado Chapter XVII or whatever they're up to, but no. The Meg is about a 75-foot shark—about 4 times bigger than the one in Jaws. Believe it or not, this movie is also based on a book, just like Jaws. Believe it or not, it was a huge hit (at least for opening weekend), just like Jaws. Believe it or not... it's no Jaws.
Stop me if you've heard this one before: criminals take over a skyscraper and it's up to one man who used to be in law enforcement to stop them! But Skyscraper is more than just a re-hash of Die Hard. I guess. Why? Because the guy's kids are in there, not just his wife. And The Rock's character only has one leg. See how different that is?
7 The Darkest Minds
Nothing is sadder than watching another YA book series that wants desperately to be the next The Hunger Games get dashed against the rocks of Hollywood. Sadder still that this one—about teens with super-powers rounded up by the government—stars Amandla Stenberg, who starred in the first Hunger Games film (as Rue), so you'd think that would help. But nope. Watch it now and enjoy pirates; the sequel chances are slim.
6 Sicario: Day of the Soldado
The 2015 filmSicario
is a modern crime masterpiece, so of course it had to get a sequel. Stars Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro are back (Emily Blunt is not, as she's busy beingMary Poppins
). The plot involves the United States setting up the Mexican drug cartels to go to war against one another, in reprisal for a bombing attributed to the cartels that takes place on US soil.Movie Bob
didn't care for it, calling this film "boring and ugly."
5 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The way to up the stakes in a movie with dinosaurs: introduce a volcano. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard desperately trying to save dinosaurs. Again.
4 Solo: A Star Wars Story
first... Do you know how Han and Chewbacca met? Did you know Solo isn't even his real name? Did you know how Han got the Millennium Falcon, and how it did the Kessel Run in only 12 parsecs? All of these things probably didn't need to be known, or have been covered elsewhere. But now they're canon thanks to the latestStar Wars
prequel, one which actually doesn't suck as much as people say. EvenMovie Bob liked it
, despite admitting that Solo didn't need an origin story—his origin is actually inStar Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
3 The First Purge
In the world of The Purge, there's one night a year when murder and all other heinous behavior is totally legal. This prequel depicts the first one. If you're into that kind of thing, there's also a Purge TV show right now on USA Network. So...lucky you.
2 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Every day is Halloween, even summer ones, when you're Dracula. In Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Dracula and his family and friends go on a cruise that turns into a nightmare, as so many do.
1 Ant Man and the Wasp
Ant-Man and the Wasp are such small superheroes but they make for big box-office numbers. Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne face family issues and a new villain. This new pirated version is much prettier than the previous shot-in-theater bootleg. Watch it as often as you can, fans; there's no visit expected from the MCU again until next year's Captain Marvel.
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