Well as I said in my last post, it’s easy to come up with a list of the best movie sequels, but it’s more difficult to come up with a list of the most disappointing movie sequels. I have managed to come up with such a list! I have already done Part I, so now here it is folks Part II of The Most Disappointing Movie Sequels of All Time!
*WARNING MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
“Iron Man 3” (2013)
The third film in the popular Iron Man franchise, saw Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Junior) as he is faced with a dangerous terrorist known as The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Tony’s house is destroyed and he loses most of his Iron Man suits after Tony challenges The Mandarin by giving him his address. Eventually we find out that The Mandarin is really Aldrich Killian (Guy Pierce) someone Tony encountered in his past and belittled. It turns out Aldrich hired an actor named Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley) to pretend to be The Mandarin, a persona Aldrich created, so that he could continue to do things behind the scenes and no one would suspect Aldrich. There is also this thing called Extremis that heals people who have crippling injuries, but also has a side effect of causing people to explode.
I went into this expecting Ben Kingsley to be The Mandarin, and I was fooled instead, Guy Pierce was the REAL Mandarin and that really disappointed me. Ben Kingsley was wasted in this film. Also the Extremis plot-line didn’t work, it seemed kind of silly to me. Also no AC/DC, which is one of the best parts of the first two Iron Man films, “Shoot to Thrill” is like Tony Stark’s theme song. No AC/DC?! Bad move.
The one positive of this film was seeing that Tony was having panic attacks after the events of “The Avengers,” and was having trouble sleeping, that was very interesting.
I know a lot of people thought Iron Man 2 was pretty bad, but I still think that movie is better than this. This movie without a doubt was a disappointment.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
This was the sequel to the 2005 film Fantastic Four and saw Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd), Sue Storm/Invisible Woman (Jessica Alba), Johnny Storm/Human Torch (Chris Evans), and Ben Grimm/Thing (Michael Chiklis) face off against The Silver Surfer (Doug Jones, voiced by Laurence Fishburne) and Galactus. The Silver Surfer eventually allies himself with The Fantastic Four and helps to defeat the planet eating Galactus.
This movie had some cool ideas, introducing The Silver Surfer and Galactus, but the execution of these ideas leaves much to be desired. The Silver Surfer was wasted in this film and so was Galactus, who should be this terrifying villain, but just looks like a giant cloud.
Also Jessica Alba was horribly miscast as Sue Storm, I think they could have found someone else, but oh well. Why was Dr. Doom even in this film? Don’t get me wrong I like Julian McMahon, he is a talented actor, but there was no need to bring him back right away, save that for a later film.
I know what you might be thinking, “how can Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer be a disappointing sequel when the first film wasn’t even that good?” Well that’s true, but this film could have fixed the mistakes that the first one made, which would have made this film a little bit better. Suffice to say, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was a disappointing film.
Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen (2009)
This film was the sequel to the successful 2007 Michael Bay film Transformers. In this installment, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) finds a shard leftover from his battle with Megatron (Hugo Weaving) and Cybertronian symbols are imprinted onto his brain and it attracts the attention of the Decepticons and The Fallen (one of the original Primes, who betrayed the original Primes and went on to found The Decepticons).
Now when I saw this movie I thought it was awesome, but then again I was 20. This movie was clearly rushed, because the first Transformers film came out in 2007. Michael Bay even admitted that he tried to rush a script out before the Writer’s Strike in 2008 and apologized for this film.
The thing is this film had some good ideas, The Fallen is a very interesting character, and even resurrecting Megatron was a good idea. The problem was having Sam have Cybertronian language and symbols imprinted onto his brain, that was just silly. Also Sam’s parents are so obnoxious and annoying! The scenes with the mother accidentally eating pot brownies are so unnecessary. And that roommate of Sam’s, why was he even in the movie, he was one of the worst parts!
Despite, all the cool action scenes, especially Optimus Prime just kicking Megatron’s ass and then impaling The Fallen, this film had a weak script and was a huge disappointment.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
This film was the sequel to the popular Sci-Fi film, The Matrix, which made everyone question their own existence. The story continues as Neo (Keanu Reeves) continues his fight against the machines, and tries to save what’s left of humanity, while also uncovering some secrets about The Matrix and discovering that Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) has returned and is more powerful and dangerous than ever before.
Now I love The Matrix, it’s one of my favorite movies of all the time and has one of the best endings to any film I’ve ever seen. But The Matrix Reloaded just does not compare to The Matrix, and is not a worthy sequel.
There is just way too much CGI in this film, the scene where Neo fights 100 Agent Smiths should be an awesome scene, but after a few minutes, it’s like you’re watching a cutscene from a videogame. The speech from Agent Smith explaining how he survived Neo jumping into his body and causing him to explode at the end of the first film is fantastic. But the fight that happens after is just ridiculous, most of it is CGI, and there is hardly any stunt work in it. The thing that made the first film so amazing and great was how The Wachowski’s managed to combine special effects with stunts and the choreography was so incredible.
Unfortunately, I think The Wachowski’s got carried away with the CGI and it ruined the film. I liked the idea of Neo essentially being Superman in The Matrix because he is aware of it being a simulated dream world and is able to bend the laws of physics to his will.
Honestly, it was going to be impossible to try and make a worthy sequel to The Matrix, because it was such a great film. It’s such a shame The Matrix Reloaded was a disappointment because it had a lot of potential to continue a really interesting story.
Quantum of Solace (2008)
“James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country’s most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love.” – imdb
This film was the sequel to the popular Casino Royale (2006) that introduced Daniel Craig as Agent 007/James Bond. Now that film was amazing, it had a great plot, some great action, and some great acting from Daniel Craig. So needless to say I was very much looking forward to the sequel.
I’ll be honest I haven’t seen this film in years and don’t remember too much of it. I do however remember being extremely confused after I saw it, so what is Quantum, and what the hell is even going on in this film?! What is with the title too, Quantum of Solace? What does that even me? Everything about this film is confusing, including its title!
Casino Royale really set the bar high and it was really hard for Quantum of Solace to be as good as the first film, but at least this film could have been less confusing. I just didn’t care for this plot as much as I did with the first film. That was edge of your seat excitement, with great characters and a pretty interesting plot.
Also why did Jack White and Alicia Keys perform the Bond theme for this film? I love Jack White and The White Stripes, but pairing him with Alicia Keys seemed like a strange idea to me. I was not a fan of the Bond theme “Another Way to Die” and much preferred Chris Cornell’s “You Know My Name.”
Well despite Daniel Craig returning as James Bond, Quantum of Solace was confusing, and a huge disappointment.
Well that concludes The Most Disappointing Movie Sequels of All Time! I hope you have enjoyed my list!
What say you? Do you agree with my list? What do you consider the most disappointing movie sequels? Whatever your thoughts let me know!