Top 10 Worst Movie Sequels
These days most of the biggest Hollywood projects are usually sequels to whatever managed to rake in tons of dough. Sadly, many of these follows-ups are pretty lackluster, and some even manage to ruin everything we loved about the originals! Welcome to WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Worst Movie Sequels.
Top 10 Worst Movie Sequels
There are many lackluster follows-ups, but some manage to ruin everything we love about the originals. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Worst Movie Sequels.
#10 – “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009)
Kicking off our list is the Bay-hem that has “Transformers” fans, as well as fans of good movie making, up in arms. While Michael Bay's original was pretty solid, this one is a big explosion-fest with a bewildering plot, atrocious humor, zero character development, and blatant racial stereotyping. Plus, it Just. Won't. End. Ugh, does Shia LaBeouf ever stop screaming?
#9 – “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” (1989)
The first clue that this movie might not live up to expectations? It's written and directed by William Shatner. “The Final Frontier” was meant to be a spectacular farewell to the original Enterprise crew; unfortunately, the low-budget picture turned into a Shatner-fest about an incredibly easy to reach God planet. Among the film's sins: Spock is given a religious half-brother, and we are forced to watch a middle-aged Uhura dance erotically for hapless aliens. Some things you just can't un-see!
#8 – “Blues Brothers 2000” (1998)
This long-gestating follow-up is more an homage to fallen friends than anything else, but all it does is taint our memories of the original. “Blues Brothers 2000” was dedicated to John Belushi, Cab Calloway and John Candy, but somehow it still manages to completely undermine the importance of Belushi's character and his relationship with Dan Aykroyd. It also rehashes the same old “mission from God” storyline, and fails to deliver any laughs.
#7 – “Speed II: Cruise Control” (1997)
Keanu Reeves wisely jumped ship when he heard about this sequel, but Sandra Bullock took the opportunity to reprise her role. The result is a painfully generic action film that does not deserve to bear the same name as its predecessor. No, really: you can't really call a movie “Speed” if it takes place on a slow-sailing cruise ship. Duh...
#6 – “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008)
Forget jumping the shark: this sequel nukes the fridge! This adventure series is best known for its practical effects and storytelling; however, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas decided to give fans an eyeful of CGI and a ridiculous yarn about aliens. Or inter-dimensional beings. Or something. They even tried to hand the franchise over to the loudmouthed Shia LaBeouf.
#5 – “Spider-Man 3” (2007)
Where do you go after “Spdier-Man 2”? Anywhere but here, guys. Sam Raimi ends his “Spider-Man” run by packing this installment with not one but three underdeveloped villains, topped off by Topher Grace as comic favorite Eddie Brock/Venom. Once you see Peter Parker go emo and start dancing, you know a reboot is inevitable...
#4 – “The Matrix Revolutions” (2003)
Though it was filmed back-to-back with the slightly superior “Revolutions,” this trilogy-ender manages to take the series way down the rabbit hole. Fans foolishly hoped for a truly inspired finale that matched the originality of the first; but instead they got a bland and straightforward action romp, filled with plot holes, eye candy over character development, and an ending that falls incredibly flat.
#3 – “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” (1987)
Christopher Reeve got a story writing credit for his work on the fourth Superman installment, but probably wished no one knew he had anything to do with this sorry sequel. The Man of Steel decides to eliminate nuclear weapons from Earth. Sounds cool on paper, but the result is a slow-moving story with cartoon-like action, special effects so cheap-looking it's hilarious, and a laughable villain called Nuclear Man. Quick question: what is up with that wall re-building super vision?
#2 – “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” (1999)
Our sincere apologies to those who camped outside movie theaters to see this sci-fi snooze fest. “Star Wars” fans had high hopes for the first sequel in 16 years, and those high hopes did not include trade disputes, stiff acting, midi-chlorians, a complete lack of romance and humor, or Jar Jar Binks. At this point, a reboot probably couldn't redeem George Lucas, but several fan edits have made the film serviceable and less offensive...
#1 – “Batman & Robin” (1997)
Taking the top spot on our list is a sequel so bad it put the “Batman” franchise on ice! Included in the list of offenses is pretty much everything you hear and see on-screen. For example, the props: there's a new Batmobile, a Batman Visa card, as well as costumes with nipples and enhanced *ahem* codpieces. Plus, none of the casting worked, and few would defend the script's gratuitous use of puns. They even managed to make Bane lame.
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