Quick, Before Transformers Gets a Fifth Sequel!
Action Week is still in motion! This week WatchMojo is releasing new and exciting action-related videos, covering everything from “Fast and the Furious” to “Terminator“, and we’re continuing a new series on our channel called Film Franchise Origins, where we break down a popular movie franchise in the form of a video essay and discuss the pivotal details and facts behind it’s inception and creation that lead to it’s success. So far we’ve covered the “Terminator” franchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and today we’ll be examining the “Fast and the Furious” films. As if all that wasn’t enough to look forward to, we’re thrilled to announce that Action Week is brought to you by “Just Cause 4”, the newest installation in Square Enix’ action-adventure video game series that we’ve been waiting for since 2015’s “Just Cause 3”! Head over to MojoPlays to see the most epic moments from this game which is set to release on December 4th and tune-in to WatchMojo everyday for all the action! For this list, we’re looking at five action films that are most deserving of a follow-up film. Since we’ll be diving into the explosive events of the original movies, a spoiler warning is in effect.
#5: “District 9” (2009)
We need answers! Sorry, let’s start from the beginning. In “District 9,” aliens become stranded in South Africa when their spaceship stops working. They seem destined to remain on earth until an accident starts to mutate a man named Wikus into an alien. In order to turn back to normal, he agrees to help an alien named Christopher get fuel to the spaceship. The duo mows down their enemies in bloody, frantic sequences. It all pays off when Christopher reaches his spaceship. But will Christopher ever return? Will Wikus be stuck as an alien? We’ve been dealing with this cliffhanger for years now. Let’s hope it takes less time to finally finish Wikus’ story.
#4: “2 Guns” (2013)
“2 Guns” casts Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as career criminals who try to steal from a cartel. But in reality, they’re both undercover agents at different organizations. The plot wasn’t the most innovative, but there’s plenty to love. Smart action scenes, funny dialogue, and the chemistry between Wahlberg and Washington all make the movie a fun trip. With a sequel, they could add a third gun to the mix and steal from something bigger. Could you imagine Nicolas Cage joining the cast and helping them steal from Fort Knox? Wait, we may have just come with a plot for “National Treasure 3.”
#3: “The Nice Guys” (2016)
A P.I. and an enforcer get sucked into a murder mystery in the adult film industry. It sounds like the setup to a joke, but it’s actually the plot of “The Nice Guys.” The comedic and complex mystery brought a lot of laughs before and during its action scenes. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are naturals as partners, making every one of their scenes together a joy to watch. Despite lackluster box office returns, these nice guys were a breath of fresh air for the genre, and while a gender-bent tv series called “The Nice Girls” is currently in the works, we’d still love to see Crowe and Gosling return to the big screen.
#2: “Baby Driver” (2017)
“Fast and Furious” has some serious competition. “Baby Driver” follows a young kid forced to use his amazing driving skills to pull off heists. The movie won us over right away with its offbeat humor and a soundtrack that’s built into the plot. But then it sealed the deal with practical and heart pounding car chases. All of this lead to a breakout summer hit that earned over 100 million at the box office. Seeing as Baby survives the movie and Jon Bernthal’s villainous character might’ve survived, a sequel could pit those two against each other. But to be honest, Baby could race through a red light and we’d pay money to see it.
#1: “Dredd” (2012)
Don’t get on the wrong side of the law. “Dredd” takes place in a distant future where men and women called judges deliver swift justice to criminals. And that justice is bloody. The action scenes are filled with gore, huge guns, and an extremely inventive use of slow motion. Karl Urban is perfect as Judge Dredd, coming off as intimidating and 3 dimensional even from behind a mask. Despite the awesome marriage of character and violence, Dredd was judged harshly at the box office. There have been some talks about a Dredd themed Netflix series. However, we think this judge deserves to execute his next tale on the big screen.
If you don’t see your favorite action movie on this list, make sure to watch the video below for our full list of the Top 10 Action Movies That Should Have A Sequel: