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Top 10 Awesome British Movies The Need a Sequel


Written by Joe Cooper These films are great on their own, but we need to see more. Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 awesome British films that need a sequel. For this list, we’re ranking movies that we feel deserve another instalment to further explore their worlds. Perhaps the original closed on an ambiguous ending, had fantastic characters we want to spend more time with, or we simply want more of the same. And as we’ll be discussing the end of most of these films, some spoilers are incoming. Special thanks to our user RichardFB for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Awesome British Films That Need A Sequel


These films are great on their own, but we need to see more. Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 awesome British films that need a sequel.

For this list, we’re ranking movies that we feel deserve another instalment to further explore their worlds. Perhaps the original closed on an ambiguous ending, had fantastic characters we want to spend more time with, or we simply want more of the same. And as we’ll be discussing the end of most of these films, some spoilers are incoming.

#10: “Ex-Machina” (2015)

By the close of Alex Garland’s sci-fi masterpiece, rogue AI Ava has murdered her creator and locked her saviour in the facility, possibly forever, while she sets off to discover the world beyond. A follow-up could show Ava’s exploration of the human world, focussing on how she forms new relationships and evades the inevitable repercussions of her terrifying intelligence. In the process, it’d do what all great sci-fi flicks try for, by holding a mirror up to our own humanity. With Alicia Vikander’s star continually rising, an “Ex-Machina” follow-up could prove well worth the investment.

#9: “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” (1998)

Guy Ritchie’s definitive crime caper also ends as if setting up for round two, with the gang desperately trying to contact Tom, who’s on the verge of discarding two highly valuable antique shotguns. But what happens next? A sequel could answer our questions and expand on the characters’ amateurish criminal escapades. Did they save, sell and make their fortune on the guns? Or just learn from their mistakes and become marginally better criminals? And what’s Vinnie Jones up to these days, eh?

#8: “The Full Monty” (1997)

A hugely successful British comedy and seemingly very much a ‘product of its time’, but “The Full Monty” could follow suit from “Trainspotting” - with a sequel centred on a group of friends, thrown back together decades down the line. By now, some of the original group could be stripper veterans, while some could be training the next generation of male entertainers. There’d be one character, though, who’s ‘put all that behind him’... And the movie would follow the efforts of the rest to persuade him to perform. One. Last. Time.

#7: “Brazil” (1985)

Terry Gilliam’s dystopian nightmare offers a perfectly grim conclusion, setting up Sam’s happy ending before tearing it all away in the closing moments. The follow-up wouldn’t necessarily continue Sam’s story, but instead further explore the abominable society of this future Britain where bureaucracy is king, picking elements from today’s world that threaten our humanity and incorporating them into the story. As with “Blade Runner 2049”, nods to the original could be interwoven into the narrative, creating a familiar but wholly new experience.

#6: “Hot Fuzz” (2007)

Now that Nicolas Angel has settled in to the Sandford Police Force and the evil Neighbourhood Watch Alliance are defeated, a new threat could rise to challenge the plucky group of police officers. Edgar Wright’s affection for ballsy American action films delighted fans when played out within a quaint English village, as did the additional element of traditional English folk horror… But the main draw of a sequel would just be to spend more time with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s easy charm and potent on-screen chemistry.

#5: “Layer Cake” (2004)

At the climax of Matthew Vaughn’s directorial debut, Daniel Craig’s cocaine dealer has bested his enemies and seems all set for the early retirement he wanted... Only to get shot in the film’s final scene. “Layer Cake 2” could show him back in the business he had tried to leave behind, more jaded and brutal than ever before and becoming the kind of crime boss we’d previously seen in Michael Gambon’s character. With Vaughn’s slick direction and following Craig’s tenure as James Bond, it would ooze intensity and style.

#4: “Children of Men” (2006)

A sequel to this 2006 epic would follow the story of Kee and her baby, the youngest person in the world by 18 years. In it, they’d traverse a dystopian landscape where the very existence of the child puts them both in relentless, mortal danger. But what if they discovered more children? And more determined mothers? It’s not definitely confirmed whether Theo dies at the end of the original or only loses consciousness, but you can never have too much of Clive Owen - so he’d be back too!

#3: “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (2005)

It’s actually quite surprising that this sci-fi comedy hasn’t garnered a second film, given the rich history of radio broadcasts, stage adaptations and literature based in Douglas Adams’ fictional world. Of course, the logical sequel would be a faithful retelling of “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”, the second novel that was hinted at the end of the film. Given the stratospheric rise of stars Martin Freeman and Sam Rockwell since “Hitchhiker’s Guide” was released, it wouldn’t be a surprise if a sequel was eventually made. Although the loss of the irreplaceable Alan Rickman may be a setback.

#2: “28 Weeks Later” (2007)

The possibility of “28 Months Later” eventually happening has been touted for years, but it's reportedly still caught in development hell. Regardless, the ending of “28 Weeks Later” sets up the sequel superbly; amidst an apparent infected invasion of Europe. With the entire continent under threat, we’d see how different countries and cultures handle the epidemic, striving to survive the hellish hordes of monsters. This one surely has to happen, before a logical fourth instalment; “28 Years Later”. Would “28 Decades” be too much? Centuries? Millennia?

#1: “Dredd” (2012)

Many moviegoers are surprised that this balls-to-the-wall action film is a part-British production... And we’re pretty proud that this ultra-violent comic book adaptation helped wipe away all memory of Sylvester Stallone’s awkward take on the character. But fans are screaming for a deeper exploration of Mega-City One, especially as we’ve only really seen an isolated tower block over a single day - so far. Poor box office figures stagnated the development of a sequel, but talk of a TV series has been kept afloat, with star Karl Urban confirming he’s in negotiations to reprise the role. Crossing fingers, now.
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