Oh BTW, before you read any further…
Don’t we just love to hate a sequel that throws everything the original stood for down the garbage bin; with all the flaws from mediocre acting to technical defaults to loopholes in the script? Some of the sequels are so bad that they will make you hate the original as well. I have experienced it several times, but where there is will, there is a way. You could still stick to your favorite films by disregarding the sequels. However, individually, these films need not be substandard and you might like these films when watched without viewing the original and if you are not inclined to the concepts introduced and limit it to the technical or storytelling.
So, there are the 15 sequels that should never have happened. 😛
Independence Day: Resurgence
Don’t be surprised Jeff, you saw this coming.
When the Centropolis announced the new sequel to the cult classic, my initial thoughts were “the first film has a perfect resolution. Why does it need a sequel?“. I predicted that this movie is going to be disastrous and I-was-right!!!
It took them 20 years and 5 writers to come up with a sequel and it wasn’t nowhere close to the class and standard of the 1996 version. Independence day in itself wasn’t a perfect film, but, after seeing this I felt that the former is a *great* movie as it had better suspense, effects, and a message about humanity. The worst case scenario is how the characters turned up in unacceptable forms. From flirty David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), shoddy president Thomas Whitmore (Bill Pullman) who was badass in the predecessor, amateurish Julius Levinson (Judd Hirsch), annoying Dr Okun (Brent Spiner) and Jasmine Dubrow (Vivica A Fox) who was taken out of the equation before it was registered in our heads that it is the same Jasmine who saved a lot of people after the alien strike. And the new faces couldn’t save the day, except for Patricia Whitmore (Maika Monroe), who managed to deliver a satisfying portrayal.
How bad it turned up, in a nutshell…
Here is my overall rating of the Terminator films;
Terminator 2 judgment day: 5/5
Terminator 3 rise of the machines: 2/5
Terminator salvation: 2.5/5
Terminator Genisys: 0.5/5
After watching Terminator Genisys, in my head, I was trying to make out how many times I facepalmed while watching the movie. There’s no doubt whatsoever about the fact that the 3rd and 4th films couldn’t deliver the class and charm the first two movies did. However, they were entertaining in the sense of suspense and action. When you watch “rise of the machines”, the first truck chase sequence is a sequence worth looking forward to. Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, and Anton Yelchin were saving graces for the 4th sequel in spite of spitting out one plot holes after the other. In the case of Terminator Genisys…?
There is nothing except for the mediocre story it shoved down our throats. Every single charm of the first 2 films is ruined. Here, John Connor is the villain and the roles of humans and machines were reversed *in a way*. Humans want him dead and machines want him alive. errrr…… And, Kyle knows that he is John Connor’s father. *headdesk* what’s even worse is the unintentionally hilarious reaction backed by Jai Courtney’s stone-faced acting. Jason Clarke could not be John Connor, Nick Stahl was way better. I was apprehensive about Emilia Clarke being cast as Sarah Connor as she might not have the charisma Linda Hamilton had. In spite of her chubby looks, she turned out to be the only person worthwhile.
What I felt like doing…
Why Anthony Perkins?? Why Vera Miles?? Why waste your talents in this totally unnecessary sequel? What’s the best part about Psycho…? The final twist. Psycho 2’s worst aspect is the final part where one feels like lifting a chair and throw it on the screen. Psycho’s cult phenomenon lies in the anonymity. Hitchcock tried to keep the story as low profile as he could. These days, it is more likely that you will know the twist before you ever get the chance to see the film.
Exorcist: the heretic
I watched this film for about 20 minutes and turned it off….
Then after a long hiatus, I decided to give a shot, after all, it might improve. Nope! We see a lot of weird scenes from Regan conducting the exorcism, death of a favorite character from the original and more plotholes. This movie has a lot to do with Linda Blair’s career melt. Even nurse Ratched, Louise Fletcher, couldn’t save the pain. Exorcist is not just a cult film but it also a director’s masterpiece. Many instances were done after intense planning and ingenuity. Everything about this movie, in light words, sucked when compared to that. Starting from the dialogues, Regan says “I was possessed by a demon” to a girl. Who wouldn’t suspect why she has to go to see the therapist? The scene where she conducts the exorcism is cheesy (not touching), with a chorus that makes it a good comic relief. And the name of the demon who possessed Regan is revealed in this movie, Pazuzu. I was haunted by Pazuzu!!! Trust me, if someone said “I was possessed by the spirit of a mosquito”, then it will sound scarier. Making this movie is one of the worst decisions the filmmakers ever made.
Speed 2: cruise control
I was 8 years old when I watched this movie for the first time and in spite of being that young, it didn’t take that long for me to understand why this movie didn’t work. Speed is a cult film that helped in redefining the genre with its fast-paced action and innovative theme. The bus had to maintain its speed over 50 miles per hour or else it will explode. In speed 2 the best case scenario they could deliver in terms of thrills is a speeding cruise. Like really? It is much easier to evacuate the cruise and defuse the bomb. The cruise’s speed couldn’t deliver the adrenaline rush and to make things even worse, the cast made it a boring experience. Jason Patric’s performance and the crew’s attempts were less soulful, Sandra Bullock is annoying and Willem Dafoe is more of a machine unless he grinned, showing off his upper teeth set and bulged out eyes. The decline in popularity went out of control, not the cruise.