The secret to a good sequel is that it should stay true to the original (in terms of storyline) and deepen the characters. Unfortunately, even Hollywood makes mistakes when it comes to making sequels of outstanding originals. Even though there are countless sequels that did grave injustice to the original, we’ll discuss the five sequels we think are the worst!
- TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
The fourth installment in the Transformers series directed by Michael Bay is totally overthought with huge plot holes making it a hot mess that has nothing in common with the original. Not even the cast. Yes, no more LaBeouf and Fox, which defeats the entire purpose of the original. Instead, we have Mark Wahlberg playing an inventor, Cade Yeager, who somehow gets his hands on Optimus Prime and starts fixing him. He’s no way near done when the feds pay him a visit and suddenly Optimus Prime is all fixed and ready to save the world! There are more characters and robots introduced (including Dinosaurs!) who make no sense and one can hardly remember their names. And whatever happened to William Lennox (Josh Duhamel) and his band of army soldiers? Nonetheless, the movie is action packed and has great visual effects. Although it is a 2 hours and 45 minutes long movie, it still fails to grab the audience’s attention with its poorly constructed storyline and over the top direction.
- GROWN UPS 2
A failed attempt at comedy, this Adam Sandler movie, successive to Grown Ups, serves no purpose and is a lazy, humorless and plotless film that we were better off without. The story revolves around four best friends who decide to move back to their hometown with their families. Though the movie is filled with a great cast, none of them do justice to comedy. The script is filled with humorless fat jokes, gross gags, and bullying, which instead of making you laugh, gross you out! The movie shows four grown men (along with their grown friends) going up against a bunch of young, obnoxious frat boys, beating them up and winning, in what seems like a battle of whose hometown it is. The jokes and one-liners seem washed out and not funny at all. Sandler’s character said it best in the movie, “we’re irrelevant, we’re losers, we’re old.” In my opinion, there is nothing “Grown Up” about this entire film.
- THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED
Jason Statham is the name that comes to mind whenever the movie The Transporter is mentioned. Whereas, the original trilogy was packed with heaps of action, luxurious swoon-worthy cars and added dose of drama, its sequel “The Transporter Refueled” is as stupid as it can get. The film is a full-blown cliché with an awful script and a severe case of bad acting that it is actually laughable. The film is bare to numerous plot holes with no coherency whatsoever, along with a faulty logic. The movie centers on Frank (Ed Skrein) a former special ops mercenary, hired by some femme fatale Anna (Loan Chabanol) for a package delivery, who later on kidnaps Frank’s father in exchange for his help in taking revenge against a Russian kingpin. The only good thing in the movie is the Audi A8, replacing BMW, Mercedes and Lamborghini (all swoon worthy), in the previous series. Other than that the acting is borderline robotic with stoic expressions and cheap one-liners, thus making it one of the worst sequels that fails to live up to or do justice to the original.
- SON OF THE MASK
1994 was a good year. Jim Carrey blessed us with his avant-garde and zany antics in The Mask which was bound to become an immediate hit. Fast-forward to 11 years later and the producers decided it was a great idea to make a sequel, and that too without Carrey. It all went downhill when they decided to take Jamie Kennedy as Carrey’s successor. The movie centers on the baby of Tim and Tonya, born with mischievous and cartoonish powers, courtesy of the mask of Norse god of mischief, Loki. The dog, Otis, is jealous of the baby getting all the attention and plans to out the baby and wear the mask. Thus the mayhem begins. The funny moments, or lack thereof, put a damper on the movie. Moreover, the ridiculousness and dullness of characters due to the excessive use of CGI made the film bland and silly to the point where it’s not even funny. With poor casting, more annoying rather than funny characters and Jamie, who is a few (okay many) notches down from Jim Carrey, the film was bound to be a bust.
- THE HANGOVER 3
The Hangover was released in 2009 and became a commercial hit. It was followed by The Hangover 2 and then came (hopefully) the last part of the trilogy, The Hangover 3. Even though the entire ‘Wolfpack’ returned, the movie actually went downhill in regards to acting, plot, direction, and comedy. It is an absolute unfunny disaster that triggered anger and constant eye-rolling rather than laughter and was definitely not needed. The wolf pack (Cooper, Galifianakis, Helms, Bartha) returns for another adventure that is almost the same as the previous two installments except that instead of waking up with a hangover, Doug (Bartha) is kidnapped (AGAIN!) by a drug lord named Marshall (John Goodman) who wants the trio to find Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) in exchange for their friend. It seems like the creators have simply recycled the old script to make a new movie that serves as an insult to comedy. The jokes have become duller and meaner and the characters have become unlikable and boring. Most of the movie revolves around the horribly unfunny antics of Alan and Chow and it makes you sad because of how pathetic it is. There is a thing called a one-hit wonder and The Hangover was definitely a one-hit wonder (not to be repeated…TWICE!)