With just a couple weeks left in August, the summer movie season is pretty much over. All of the massive tentpoles have dropped, and to varying effects, they've either sank or swam in their financial fates. However, that doesn't mean we can't evaluate them on artistic merit. In fact, now's the perfect time to cull the wheat from the chaff in terms of what went into theaters during the summer of 2018. And in our efforts, we ran through our memories, fond or otherwise, of the 18 big ticket players of this past season and ranked them according to the criteria we set out above. Don't pack away the sunscreen just yet, as it's time to run through who won and lost in summer 2018.
18. Mile 22
Every list has to have a loser, and this summer just happened to give us an easy out when it came to who would land in last, all at the expense of Mile 22. While the normally effective team of Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg can usually be depended on to land a solid portrait of heroism, their efforts to go to the extremes that only a Cannon film could know and love were a total mess. While the sequel went into development shortly before this opened in theaters, let's just hope it's a threat as hollow as this movie's story.
17. The Meg
It's not hard to make a shark movie into a masterpiece of dumb fun. At least, that's what we thought before The Meg went to theaters. Seeing Jason Statham and his cast of clumsy shark bait stack up against a really well-aged Megalodon was something that looked like it'd be the party of the summer. Instead, it took itself too seriously, handicapped itself by aiming for a PG-13 action movie rather than an R-rated shark hunt, and left critics and audiences divided. Oh man, what could have been.
16. The Darkest Minds
The YA franchise machine needs to die, and The Darkest Minds is the latest proof of this. With a dull product that couldn't even provide a decent trailer, this latest stab at turning a young adult series with at least three books into an instant money-maker has failed. There's plenty of YA books out there that'd make fantastic films, and this isn't a message to stop appealing to this audience. Rather, it's a plea to studios to stop automatically adapting a series that could, if done right, make for more movies. Let these darkened minds be your best, and final, example why.